THIS SUNDAY IS DEDICATED TO WOMAN MANY CONSIDER A HERO: MOM…..
SONYA BARCLAY IS THE MOTHER OF FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN, BUT SHE’S ALSO BATTING STAGE FOUR BREAST CANCER.
LIFE IN THE BARCLAY HOUSE LOOKS PRETTY TYPICAL…BUT LIFE FOR THIS OLD TOWN FAMILY HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT NORMAL. FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, SONYA BARCLAY HAS BATTLED BREAST CANCER. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED SOON AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO HER YOUNGEST CHILD, MCKENZIE.
THE DISEASE HAS PROGRESSED RAPIDLY…JUST LAST WEEK, SONYA LEARNED IT WAS IN HER LIVER.
":Really, there’s not much left at this point.":
SONYA TRIED WORKING PART TIME FOR AWHILE, BUT SOON REALIZED HER PRIORITIES LIE ELSEWHERE.
":I think my time needs to be here with my family.":
HER HUSBAND JEFF HAS HAD TO CUT BACK TO PART TIME WORK…SIMPLY TO KEEP UP WITH SONYA’S SCHEDULE.
":Basically your life revolves around the cancer, instead of vice versa. So, you do everything around the treatments and the doctor’s visits and everything.":
AND THAT MEANS PUTTING OTHER THINGS ON HOLD…LIKE REPAIRS TO THEIR MOBILE HOME.
":There’s mold growing downstairs, the chimney’s about to fall off, it’s bending in two.":
":In my bedroom, there’s a hole in the middle of the floor, because mom’s hospital bed, she used to have it there.":
THE BARCLAYS TRY TO KEEP HUMOR IN THEIR HOUSE…AND THAT INCLUDES THEIR LIVING SITUATION. AFTER ALL, LIFE RIGHT NOW IS ALL ABOUT THE MOMENTS.
":We just live to live, I guess. We don’t have time to worry about other stuff right now.":
":I wrote this awhile back.":
":I’m not angry, I ask why sometimes. But I want to beat this and I thought I could have beaten this, but the more that gets thrown at me, I don’t really know.":
":I don’t think it’s fair for my kids to grow up without a mother. I don’t think that’s fair at all, and I guess you could say that’s possibly where I could be a little bit angry.":
AND THAT’S WHY THIS 32-YEAR OLD MOTHER OF FOUR, IS MAKING A WISH.
":My dying wish, I’m sorry, was to have a home not just for me, and if I’m not here, that’s fine too. But for my kids, to lay their heads in a safe environment, that I wouldn’t have to worry about them at all.":
FRIENDS OF THE BARCLAYS ARE ORGANIZING AN EFFORT TO GET THE FAMILY A NEW HOME.
IDEALLY, THEY’D LIKE A MOBILE HOME OR PRE-FAB COMPANY WHO’D BE WILLING TO HELP OUT.
ANYONE WHO CAN VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME OR MATERIALS IS ASKED TO CALL JENNIFER DUDLEY AT 223-4878.
A FUND HAS ALSO BEEN SET UP FOR THE BARCLAYS AT THE PENOBSCOT COUNTY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IN OLD TOWN.
The Barclay Family
c/o Penobscot County Federal Credit Union
P.O. box 434
Old Town, ME 04468
OR YOU CAN GIVE THE C.U. A CALL AT 827-3165