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Stories We Tell: Jeannie Puckett

(Installment 13 of 14)

Collected and arranged by

Amy Uptgraft

Edited by

Audra Edwards

Note from Amy:

Jeannie went into remission with her own breast cancer only for her and Ralph to learn, soon after, that their daughter, Jean, had also been diagnosed with the same disease. As daughter Jean fought her cancer, their son, Thomas, was diagnosed with leukemia during this same time. Jeannie and Ralph had two of their three children fighting cancer. Thomas came through, healthy again. Jeannie passed away in 2004, leaving behind a husband and two children. Ralph and Jeannie miss her every day.

A Poem by Jeannie Puckett

This grief lodges itself in my chest.

Like a glacial block of ice,

It freezes the joy of life, halting the simple pleasures.

It numbs the mind, leaving me

Unaware of surroundings.

And then, a memory of her

Comes floating across my mind:

Her childhood, her smile, her giggle.

It sweeps over the ice and

Steals the tears from this immovable block.

The release of tears seems to bring her close

So that she comforts me and assures me all is well.

She is well and I will someday be well.

Jean Martin Puckett

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Army,Cancer,Daughter,Grief,Jeannie Puckett,Military Child,Military Family,Military Life,Military Spouse,Milspouse,Poem,Ralph Puckett,Ranger
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