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(4 replies, posted in Announcements)

Gavin,

This is great!  Thanks for calling attention to it.   Thanks also to Sarah for  her efforts.

Darla

Dear Shaika,

You and your family have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband.    There are no words that can ease your pain and sorrow at this sad & trying time.  Knowing that for him the pain and suffering is over may bring you some comfort and peace.  Know that he will always be with you in your heart and memories.

Hugs,
Darla

Darlene,

So sorry to hear of this set back.   I don't have any answers for you , but am sure that  others will chime in soon who have had similar situations.   Hoping that the news on the 23rd will be more positive in nature and also will help to answer more of your concerns.    Please update us on the situation when you can.  We care.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Anne,

You and your family have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad.     Hoping that your pain and sadness will slowly ease and that your new baby will help you to heal.  I'm sure that grandpa will be watching over all of you.   

Hugs,
Darla

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(46 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Carol,  I agree with everyone else.  Such great news to hear and I hope that roller coaster keeps going up. 

Hugs,
Darla

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(19 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Good News Duke!  Hoping that you will be getting more of that very soon.

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(220 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Matt,

Thanks for letting us know how things are going.   Hoping this all works out for you.  Let us know how things are going when you can.  We care. 

Hugs,
Darla

Duke,

Sorry to hear of this.  Hoping that  things work out better with the next trial.

Hug,
Darla

Glad to hear this.  I too am sure they will get some well deserved and much needed rest tonight.

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(5 replies, posted in Blogs)

Agreed.  A great story, well told.  smile  Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

Catherine,

Good to hear that mom is doing great, but sorry about what's going on with your dad.   I too hope things are looking better for him in the morning.  What a Father's Day this was for all of you.

Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

Jason,

So glad that things are looking some what improved and that you are now there to see this for yourself.   I am so impressed with both you and your mom's positive attitude and outlook.  I also agree that hospice can  be a positive experience for everyone.   

I have one interesting thing to add although a bit off the CC topic.  My mom had Parkinson's and passed away last fall.  Up until the week before she died she was still getting her hair done every week.  I guess that is one thing that they can cling to as something normal and routine that they can continue to do.   So good for your mom that she still does this. 

Take care Jason and keep on updating us as you can.

Hugs,
Darla

Lee, 

Sorry to hear  of this new turn of events.   This is why we compare this disease to a roller coaster ride.  Hopefully he is on his way back up.  I  will keep my fingers crossed that he will continue to improve. 

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Jason,

I am so sorry to hear all of this, but your attitude and thoughts are right on.  I love your positivity in the face of all this.   You are so right to focus on  your mom's quality of life at this point, along with controlling any pain she may have now or in the future.   You are definitely a beacon of light.  smile  You are not being selfish.    Good thoughts and prayers for your mom and also for you and the rest of your family. 

Know that you have lots of help and support to fall back on.  We are here when you need us.

Update us as you can.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

That's true Gavin.  I love to shop, but not for bigger sizes!  smile  That is so depressing.  sad

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(7 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Dear Arlene,

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing.  You and your family have my deepest sympathy.    There are no words to relieve your pain and sadness, but know that we are all here to help and support you in any way that we can. 

Hugs,
Darla

I like "just eat the chocolate", but then I would need a new wardrobe!   smile

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(7 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Dear Kerry,

I am so sorry to hear that your father has passed away.   What a wonderful way to remember him.   It is good to remember all of the good things he did and meant to all of you.   Knowing that it happened quickly and painlessly must be of some comfort to you and your family.    Know that he will always be with you in your heart and those  fond memories. 

Thinking of you and your family at this sad and trying time.

Hugs,
Darla

Love the first part about it reducing heart disease and  stroke risk.  Not so much the  rest, especially the 40 minutes to work off 500 calories tho'.    smile

Jason,

I totally understand all that you are feeling and your confusion of it all.   Sorry to hear this and hope that  something can be done and another opinion can be gotten.    From what I recall my husband had similar problems and they eventually did an external drain  that exited in the back on his right side.   Hoping you can get some answers tomorrow and that something will be done.

Thoughts  and prayers for your mom, you and your family.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Jeanne'marie,

I am so sorry to hear that Mark has passed away.  You and your family have my deepest sympathy.  This is a beautiful tribute to the life he lived.   There are no words to ease your sadness, but know that he will always be with you in your heart and memories of your life together.   We are here to help and support you in any way that we can. 

Hugs,
Darla

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(6 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Beautiful.  Thanks for sharing.

Jason,

Thanks for sharing all of this.   It sounds like you and mom are moving in the right direction.  Your positive attitude and being cautiously optimistic are right on.    Keep us informed as to how things are progressing when you can. 

Hugs,
Darla

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(46 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Carol,

I'm glad you got your dad out for a little while.  Even tho' it was hard, I'm sure he greatly appreciated the effort and the change of scenery.   I too hope you will have more good days and will be able to do this more often for him.

You are not alone in your feelings.  We all hate this horrible disease.

Hugs,
Darla

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(11 replies, posted in Grief Management)

Dear Aiste,

I totally agree that those comments were inappropriate.   It was not something you needed to hear when you are grieving the loss of your dear father.   You are right that in time it does get better, but that it is always with you. 

I also think you had every right to complain to the clinic.  It made you feel better to let them know and it sounds like it did some good so that others in the future will not be treated so poorly.

Take care dear Aiste.  Hoping for your heart to slowly heal.

Hugs,
Darla