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  • commented on After Death Shockers~ 2017-08-09 20:11:06 -0700
    My husband, Dan, hated drama. That is why he took longer to tell his family that he had pancreatic cancer. He knew what would happen that some would make it about them and create more havoc for us. He told me that I needed to be strong for my daughter and to surround myself with positive, genuine people. Dan passed on Thanksgiving of 2016 and by Christmas Day, there was an issue that arose with his nephew’s wife. She and I had words privately about something that had been brewing for a while. After our discussion and a few heated words were spewed, we ended with a handshake and a hug and said we would put this behind us and I said I had hoped that one day she would learn to love my daughter. Dan’s nephew is my daughters, Godfather. Needless to say, when I excused myself and said I was going home because I was not feeling well, said my good byes and left, she told people a whole different story. Nothing was ever asked of me of said to me about that evening. No one else had heard what truly transpired between us so my husbands family only knows her side. 7 months later I confront Dan’s sister who comes over to take all of the photos off of the photos board she made for my husband. I asked her why she never asked and understood that she took the side of her daughter in law to save face. I asked why she talked about me behind my back instead of picking up the phone and asking me directly. Didn’t our 26-year relationship matter. didn’t she know me better than that? I told her I didn’t need drama in my life and had to honor my husband by dusting myself off and focusing on our daughter who is a senior this year in high school. She said she didn’t like confrontation. They would rather sweep it all under the rug and just trip over the large lump under that rug. A few days later I said something not nice to her and she ran to her husband who sent me the nastiest email. He told me that I had drawn a line in the sand and Good bye for the future. His email lets me know how they felt and where I stood with them. I take accountability for my actions, but I am not sorry for being honest. I know my husband knows the truth, and I am now following the advice of my counselor and sister and staying away from them and focusing on me, my health and my daughter. I will continue to have a relationship with his other siblings but I feel that a lot will change. I am not their blood, and it was said to me. Blood is thicker than water. I will continue to honor my husband, stay away from the drama, and focus on our daughters senior year. It’s very unfortunate that Dan’s death has torn us apart and I know he would be disappointed in the entire situation but I must remain strong, and get through each day for Dan, myself and our daughter. Their behavior has been a total shock, I miss discussing this situation with Dan, and just want to hear if he feels I am doing the right thing. He was the calm in our relationship, he was my go to person. I miss his wisdom and guidance.

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