July 7.2014 – Happy Birthday Daddy


I chose “Live Like You Were Dying” for today’s featured song, because it hit close to home. Today would have been
my Dad’s birthday. He passed away in 1994 of brain tumors.
I remember he called me on his birthday to tell me that the Doctor had just called him and told him the cancer
was back and it was in-operable this time. I remember being stunned and numb. My Dad had fought his cancer in to remission
twice before in the previous 16-17 months. He had been a warrior, doing chemo and radiation. He lost his hair and
the steroids puffed him up and then the treatments made him drop incredible weight. And I still thought he could beat
That day, on July 7.1994, the Doctor gave Dad 6 weeks to live. And that is about how it played out. My Dad, Robert,
Bob, passed away on August 31.1994. I was there with him when he took his last breath and I couldn’t imagine that
life could ever be good again.
When “Live Like You Were Dying” came out 10 years later, I was drawn to it. I wont say that after my father passed
that I jumped out of a plane or went to ride a bull, but I did start to tell the people in my life that I loved
them and I put a premium on family and time spent with them and friends.
It was a pivotal moment in my life when Dad died. I started volunteering for the American Cancer Society and for
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and anyone who asked me! I found out what amazing rewards come from spending time doing for others.
As you may know, my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and we took on the battle against cancer again.
I was horrified and just couldn’t believe it would actually happen to her, too.
When she was diagnosed there were tears and heartache and prayers and love. And then that classy lady showed her
sense of humor when she said, “Am I supposed to go sky diving now?!”
Mom lost her battle after a 5 year fight and went Home to Heaven.
I didn’t mean to get so chatty here, but I picked this song today in honor of my Dad’s birthday but also in
honor of my mom too. Two of the most brave, amazing, loving and precious people I have ever known.
I met a woman this past year, Dorothy, and she is in her 80’s. She came up to me to tell me she was sorry for
my loss of my mom. She went on to say, “No matter how old you are, you end up feeling like an orphan.”
How profound. How true.
We are each touched differently with the loss of our loved one’s. As for me, I will continue to wear my heart on my sleeve, a cross and the spirit and memory of my parent’s lives in my life.
Thanks for letting me share what this song means for me.
And Happy Birthday to my Daddy. I can’t imagine what it must be like to see our Savior’s face!

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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