Dear Jonas,

I am so sorry for your loss.    It sounds as if Myrna was a wonderful person and meant a whole lot to you.  I am glad she was surrounded by the love and support of family and friends.  My thoughts are with you and all who knew and loved her at this sad and trying time.

Hugs,
Darla

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(32 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Keep that good news coming Victoria.    Glad to hear that Patrick is doing so well.   Sounds like you two have made the right decision.  Wishing you the best in the future. 

Hugs,
Darla

Hi Jonas,

Welcome to this awesome group that no one wants to join but are so very glad the can.   I'm sorry you needed to find us, but you will be glad you did as the support and information you will get is amazing.  Unless you have been confronted with this awful disease, others just can not truly relate or understand.   I  am so sorry your sister has been cursed with this disease and that you and the rest of the family also have to deal with the reality of it all. 

My husband died almost 9 years ago after only 2 months  of illness and only 10 days after being definitively diagnosed, so I really can't be of much help as far as suggestions or treatments as we didn't really have enough time to even deal with any of that.  I do know that things have changed a lot since then and there is much more knowledge and more options  then there were back then.   

It sounds like you have already gotten more than one opinion, but if not, 2nd or 3rd opinions can be helpful.  Try to be cautiously optimistic as one never knows how things will go.  No matter what direction her treatment goes in, the most important thing to me has always been that the patient be kept as comfortable and pain free as possible.

I'm hoping others will chime in soon with some suggestions and advice as to treatments etc.

Try to take some time out for yourself and your family when you can.  My thoughts are with you all.  Know that you have a lot of people here willing to help and support you in any way that we can.

Hugs,
Darla

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Dear Patricia,

You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband Tom.   Keep him with you forever in your heart and memories. 

Hugs,
Darla

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Thanks for this Gavin.  I lost my dad a month ago, so share you feelings.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Gail,

Know that I am thinking of you and your sweet children this morning.  I am so sorry for your loss.  None of this is easy, but you are a strong lady.   In time the pain and sadness will ease and you will be able to remember the good times before this terrible disease entered your lives.   May those memories bring you comfort and peace.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

Dear Gail,

I am glad your friends and family are there to help  and support you through this trying time.   My heart goes out to you and your dear children.  Being at his side and keeping him as comfortable as possible is the most important thing you can do for him now.   My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Hugs,
Darla

Theo,

What great news.  So happy to hear this.  We need more of this positive news here.  Take care and keep in touch to let us know how she is doing.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Gail.

Thanks for sharing.  The picture of the kids is so sweet and I'm glad it was a good day for all. Unfortunately, I agree with you that it is time to tell them what is truly going on.   It does break my heart too for what you are and will be going through.   You need to do what is best for you and your family and if others do not understand, that is on them.   I'm glad that you have  hospice to help and support your decisions.   Thinking of you and the family as you deal with all of this.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

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Dear Ali,

I am so sorry for your loss.  You have my deepest sympathy.   Thank you for sharing her picture.  She was a beautiful woman.   You were a loving and supportive son and did all you could for her.  Keep her in your heart and take some comfort in remembering all the good times before CC.  There are no words to take away the pain and sorrow you are feeling, but know that we are here to help and support you in any way that we can.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Carole, 

Vent all you want or need to.   It does help to get it all out there.  I'm sorry things aren't going well, but the fact that his blood counts are normal is a positive thing.   It's hard to know how things will go as this disease seems to affect every differently and is hard to predict.  You are doing the best that you can in what is probably the worst situation you have or ever will have to face.   Everyone deals with these things in there own way, so all you can do is be there to help and support in any way that you can,  as we are all here to help and support you in any way that we are able to.

Have you considered getting a second opinion from a different oncologist?  Just a thought.

Keep making the most of everyday, making more of those memories.  Stay strong Carole you can do this and we are all here to help.

Hugs,
Darla

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Dear Gail,

I'm so sorry things have gotten to this point.  I agree with Catherine.  There is no right or wrong to this.  Just take a deep breath and do what you feel is best for all of you.  Take care and know that you and your family are in my thoughts as you travel this road that none of us wanted or expected to ever be on.  You can do this.  We are all behind you and ready to support you in any way that we can.

Hugs,
Darla

Another one of the good ones lost to this terrible disease.  She lived her life to the fullest and is now free.  RIP Kris.

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So sad.

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Dear Cassandra,

You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.   She was an active and important part of this community and will be missed be all.   May she rest in peace.

Hugs,
Darla

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Dear Gail,

I'm so sorry that things are not going well.

You have already gotten a lot of good advice and suggestions so I guess all I can add is that pain management is very important at this point.  Relish the small moments and enjoy this time with your husband and family as much as you can, making good memories.

My thoughts are with all of you.  Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

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Gail,

My heart aches for what you and your family are dealing with right now.  I know how overwhelming it must all be.  Yes, just try to take it one day at a time.  You never know what may be waiting just around the corner.  Enjoy what you can and although I know it is hard, know that you have  a whole lot of people here that truly understand and care.  So keep on rambling.  Getting it out does help.  Up date us when you can.  We truly care.  My thoughts are with you today.  Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

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Dear Megan,

What a beautiful tribute to your mom.   I am so sorry for your loss.   Take some comfort in knowing that she will always be near you in your heart & memories.   Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Joe,

You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother.   I'm am so glad that you as a family were able to spend Mother's Day and also her finally moment's with her.  There are no words to ease the pain you are feeling right now, but in time I am hoping for the pain of loss to ease and  good memories help to comfort you and your family.    She will always be with you in your heart and those memories.  Take care and know we are here to help and support you in any way that we can.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

Dear Ben,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  You and your family have my deepest sympathy.   Keep her with you now  and forever  in your heart and fond memories.  Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

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Tiah,

I too know how it feels and totally understand your need to grieve in your own way.  Thanks for being a part of our awesome, supportive community.   Hoping to hear from you some time in the future, when you are ready.

Hugs,
Darla

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(85 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Gail,

Keep venting all you want and need to.  We do all understand and it does help to just get it all out.   I am so sorry that you and your family are going through all of this, but know that we are here to listen and to help and support you all in any way that we can.   You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.    I too hope that tomorrow will be a better day for all of you.

Hugs,
Darla

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Julie,

Glad you got some well need sleep and are feeling so much better today.   smile

Darla

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Julie,

Just came on and the first thing I saw was this.  What great news.  I am so happy for you.   Now you can relax and enjoy your weekend. 

Hugs,
Darla

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Julie,

Hope you managed to get at least a little sleep last night.  So glad your hubby is at your side.  Good luck with the scans today.  Thinking of you.

Hugs
Darla