Topic: Butch passed away on October 9th, at peace and at home
My sweet, sweet Butch is gone. He passed away peacefully at 9:26 PM on Thursday night. He struggled so long and so hard, and he was so brave. At the end, I held his hand and prayed with him. He couldn't talk, but he mouthed the words that he loved me. It was a beautiful moment, if such a thing can be at a time like that. All the pain and suffering was gone, his eyes became clear, and he walked into the arms of the Lord. I was so fortunate to have my cousin Sharan here with me. She was a hospice/home health nurse for many , many years, and she flew in Monday from Dallas to stay with us. We took care of him, and hospice here helped us out, also. He was walking - and talking - right up until Tuesday, although very, very weak. As a matter of fact, I took him for a ride to see the autumn leaves last Saturday.
As I said to Lainy, I am so happy we are writing to Oprah, and fighting back against this dreadful disease. It truly is a monster. I pray for healing for all of you still fighting, and strength for the care givers. Thank you all for being here for me - it had helped tremendously. I am also writing the veterans and trying to get recognition of their part in Butch's illmess - he is a vietnam veteran, and I believe that he got this cancer by ingesting parasites in the water supplu in Vietnam. I would like to see them post public service announcements - to get your bile ducts checked if you were in Vietnam - that could save some lives.