Lori Hadacek Chaplin has been a Catholic journalist for over 12 years. She lives with her husband, David, and their four children in Idaho.
I couldn't bear to look at her - or to look away. I watched her, wondering how long she could suffer like this and still evade death. My 69-year-old mother was dying from breast cancer that had spread to her bones and major organs. Watching her on her deathbed, struggling for breath, I realized (and am still coming to understand) that her suffering had meaning.
Date posted: 2013-02-17