A Family of Their Own by Gail Gaymer Martin

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Yes, over the past few years, she had multiple surgeries for brain tumors and—” “Multiple tumors? ” His chest tightened. ” The constriction in his chest eased, and he inhaled. ” She nodded, but no joy brightened her face. “The problem is the damage each surgery can cause. I fear that a tumor will infiltrate a major part of the brain that will make…” She closed her eyes. Ross drew closer and rested his hand on her arm. “You’ve gone through a lot, Kelsey. ” When she opened her eyes, his tenderness greeted her.

She turned to him, like a hound picking up the fox’s scent. Here it comes, she deduced from the look on his face. ” Kelsey considered telling a lie, but that wasn’t her way, nor was it God’s way. ” She sounded pathetic, and his pure innocent look made her feel even worse. ” He didn’t speak, though his eyes searched hers. Feeling defensive, she wanted to explain. “I know I’m the moderator of the support group, but it went to a vote. ” Ross touched her arm. “Please. I wasn’t trying to embarrass you.

He could read her thoughts as he listened to silence. Kelsey cleared her throat. ” He knew the routine, and he didn’t want to hear her excuses. She’d done what he suspected and had second thoughts. ” “I hate waiting. ” The tension in her tone had eased. Ross shifted in the chair. ” Silence. “Ross, I’m sorry we didn’t finish our conversation about Peyton. ” The word stuck in his throat. He sucked in air. ” A gasp echoed into the receiver. “I’m so very sorry. ” He’d been optimistic during his wife’s illness, too.

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