The day was October 30, 2006. The dark and chill of the changing seasons only added weight to one of the worst days of my life. A few minutes earlier, I sat next to my father as his doctor delivered devastating news: “The cancer is back, and it looks like it has spread.” It was one of those days that changes the entire direction of life. Things would never be the same.
Thus began my father’s journey home.
Those first days I saw only fear and tragedy facing 73-year-old David D. Hanneman – my Dad. I just wanted to make it all go away. No cancer, no sadness, no suffering.
God, however, had His own plan for my Dad. He had a purpose. And he had a message for us all.
Dad carried a very heavy cross in the coming months, through hospitalizations, blood transfusions and chemotherapy. His steps often faltered, but he kept on walking. It wasn’t until late in his journey that I fully realized there was more going on here. He was being led. Dad’s final day with us was one of miracles. During his final hour, he left us a very special message.
Through him, God gave us a glimpse of Heaven. Dad’s story offers great hope by showing the destination of life led by faith. It was a story I was prompted to write by a Catholic nun in Madison, who urged me to “keep his story alive.”
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