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What a wreck of a day...but great news prevails!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I am not sure where to begin this blog but have to say WHAT A DAY!!!

Got up early to get my exercises done and an early shower. As I was checking in my case to make sure I had everything I needed to take to the Cleveland Kidney Clinic, I realized that I was missing the renal scan from December 21. After deciding that we had time to go to Morgantown, WV to pick up a copy of it, out the door we went (second trip there in two days). Needing to do this sent us half an hour directly south...the opposite direction of Cleveland. Ken dropped me off at the front door (never do this but wanted to save time) and within fifteen minutes I had the CD in hand. Per our arrangement, I called his cell phone to ask him where he was parked as I started walking, looking for his white ranger pickup. The call went directly to his voice mail not once but repeatedly. I keep walking across the front of the parking lot as I was dialing searching for him. I walked the entire length of that parking lot three times, back and forth, etc., calling him and looking down each row or parked vehicles looking for Ken's white truck. I saw many white trucks but not his. After an extra 15-20 minutes, his phone finally rang twice. YEAH to not going to voice mail!!! I knew at that point, he had his phone turned on and would answer. In the meantime I was beside myself knowing we were on a time schedule. I was also thankful for my daily walking as I walked at least a mile and a half searching for the truck. I asked him where he was parked and he told me...I still couldn't find him. He could see me though from where he was parked and told me to stay right there, he would come and pick me up. I keep watching for him without seeing his truck. Not that hard to pick out his ranger...I can usually spot it almost a mile away. lol I called him back to see what was taking him so long...traffic was heavy but really??? He told me to turn around, he was coming right toward me. I did and still couldn't find him. He said, "Helen, I am the red car right in front of you. Just walk across the street and get in." Imagine my response when I realized that while I had been searching for his truck, we were actually in my bright candy apple red car. I laughed all the time I was telling him what I had done. He couldn't believe it. We never take my car when we are together locally because he is a smoker and I don't let anyone smoke in my car!!! We only take my car when we go to Philadelphia, and he gets out of the car if he has to indulge. So glad he is trying to quit!!! However, this still makes me laugh even as I am typing.

We made it to the Cleveland Clinic with about half an hour to spare. So glad that we were both raised not far from Cleveland and Ken had lived there as an adult so it was easy to find our way. I had also "googled" the trip and printed the directions on Thursday...just in case...which was good as the GPS wasn't working. I must need to replace a fuse in the car which I will try to get done tomorrow.

We finally found the "Q" building with the help of a policeman and rather than search for a place to park, we used valet parking. Again, great choice! Into the hospital and into the elevator to go to the seventh floor, per the instructions I had been given. However that elevator only went to the sixth floor. Not a problem, got off and took the elevators that went to the seventh floor. But then we were on the seventh floor in the wrong building. Stopped at information and they gave us directions to the elevators we wanted. We were in such a maze because of the layout of the hospital and different elevators opened in different buildings. When we finally found the elevators we wanted, we were back beside the doors we originally entered. Due to the sign being 30 feet ahead of where we needed to turn, we had missed the left hand turn for the elevators to the 7th floor of the "Q" building and gotten into the next set of elevators. We made it to the Kidney Clinic with three minutes to spare. YEAH for so much more walking around the hallways! lol

I was amazed to see that the usual questionaire of family and personal history was done on a computer touch pad. Just touch with the pen and touch "next." This took less than three minutes and sure beat handwriting out all the answers. The information was immediately in their computer system. Within five minutes of returning the touch pad, I was called back and getting blood pressure, urine specimen, etc. completed and waiting for the doctor. A nurse and PA came in and went over everything first. The PA took my scans and reports back to the doctor. This was all done so efficiently that it was unbelievable. In less than half an hour I was talking with the nephrologist. He had already checked over everything and explained what he saw and what he was looking for. He sat down and drew a picture of what was happening with my kidney, etc. and what should have been happening. He really didn't have all the answers for me yet because the renal scan that we had gone to Morgantown for didn't go low enough to see what was happening in the bottom of ureter. The tests that have been done so far did not answer his questions. Because the ureter is enlarged, he feels that there is blockage there and it needs to be removed. He needs to do further testing to see exactly what is going on. Because it was so late when we left there, the scheduling department will call me on Monday to set up appointments for Video Urodynamics with EMG, Cysto Panendo and NM Renal MAG3 Diuretic. He will try to schedule these test all on the same day. He feels that this kidney is working 33% and is not non-functioning or atrophied as I have been told several times in the past. Based on the results of these tests, if he finds a blockage and feels surgery is in my best interest to maintain the function this kidney currently has that is what I will do. I have finally found a doctor that is knowledgeable and is willing to explain everything to me and do what needs to be done to solve this problem. Praise God for answered prayers!!!

As we were leaving the hospital I told Ken I needed a make a pit stop and get some water to drink. So he stopped at a fast food restaurant which took about five minutes. The traffic light was red as we were leaving the parking lot. When it turned green, Ken pulled out onto the main street and immediately stopped at another red light. BAM!!! My head slammed back and into the medal strip between the side windows. We were just hit by a Chevy Avalanche...a monster compared to my Ford Focus. After talking with the police department and with the car being drivable, Ken parked in the fast food restaurant parking lot. The gentleman that hit us was screaming and acting like a mad man. He was yelling at Ken for stopping at the red light. He said that that light did not mean that we were supposed to stop there and that it wasn't our traffic light. Now my head was really hurting but I know that if you come upon a red traffic light on the road you are traveling, you are supposed to stop. I was surprised at the actions of this man. We had six Cleveland Clinic policemen there immediately. They finally put handcuffs on the unruly driver and put him in a patrol car where he proceeded to kick and yell. They finally got him back out of the car before he broke out a window or worse. I have never seen anyone act like this. I was amazed to find out later that he had his 4 year old daughter with him. The EMS and fire departments came and they wanted to take us to the hospital. Ken said no, we would go to the hospital when we got home. After taking pictures and exchanging information, we were told that we had to go to the Cleveland City Police Station and fill out a written report because both vehicles were drivable. To make a longer story short, we did that. Because the policeman was confused with the intersection and the way the man was acting, he pulled up a picture of the intersection on his computer. He then proceeded to tell the man that yes there were two traffic signals involved and yes you had to stop at both of them if they were red. The guy was still so upset and kept saying that Ken was wrong. If Ken had not stopped at the red light, he would never have hit us. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!! Anyway the policeman finally told him that any time you rearend hit another vehicle, you are at fault not the driver in front of you. It should be interesting to see how this plays out. Police report won't be available for ten days.

Anyway when we almost home, Ken did drive to the hospital and we went to the E.R. at 11:15 pm to get checked out. After an MRI of my head and Ken's x-rays, we were released at 5 am. We both have severe whiplash and were given pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication with instructions on what to do for whiplash. What a crazy day!!!

Praise God for the beautiful weather we had while traveling and finding a doctor that is knowledgeable and willing to help me, that although the back of my car is smashed and broken, it can be fixed, and we were okay and not severely injured. Not matter what, it could have been worse. Thank you, God, for watching over us.

May God bless you with a wonderful week of good health, food to grace your table, money to pay your bills, time to smile and be nice to at least one person each day, and time to accomplish everything you want to do as well as time to rest, relax and sleep.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
My spark friends, family and all who keep me in their prayers
Beautiful weather
Super doctors at The Cleveland Kidney Clinic
So glad the little girl was not hurt in the wreck
My car is fixable
Ken and I are basically okay
Unexpected twists and turns in our lives
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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MSALOETTE 3/28/2012 12:39AM

    OH Helen how fortunate you and Ken are that it wasn't worse. I have experienced this event myself not fun and the hassles it creates are way too much to bear. You are definately in my prayers.

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MISSCUS 3/21/2012 4:22PM

    Hopeful that you and hubbie are feeling better soon. A positive blog despite all that happened. Glad you went to the C Clinic. I have heard of it, nothing but good. Hopefully they root out the problem and take care of it. Surgery is not fun, but may make all the difference. Maybe bp will go down as well and hope so. It is no surprise that kidneys affect other functions of the body. As most body organs all work together as well.
Keep up your positivity. The man you hit you must have been having a real bad day. Who knows what his set of problems are. THey might be many more than ours.
Keep the faith.
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JAXMOMMY 3/20/2012 12:01AM

    Wow! What a day indeed! Glad you found a good MD who will get to the bottom of all this. From what I understand, if you do have a blockage when they remove it that should lower your blood pressure! Glad y'all weren't hurt badly in the crash! What a nut! Rest well.

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CONCHA77 3/19/2012 6:55PM

    What a day! LOVE your attitude! Happiness does spread.
Hope everything works out for you.

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FROSTY99 3/19/2012 6:52PM

    What a blog-you had me on the edge of my seat. I am so glad you have finally found a dr who listened and is going to test and hopefully get to the bottom of your problem. It is sad, but we have to fight to get the care we need and I am so glad you didn't give up easily.
As for that wreck. Sounds like it is lucky you are alive and not hurt worse. I know for a fact how getting hit can jar one since we got hit just a couple weeks ago and by a small car, not a big vehickle. I am so happy things didn't get any worse for you. What a complete jerk the guy was. Glad you had police to come quickly and get the situation under control. God does look out for his children.
God Bless
Pat

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CLOVER2 3/19/2012 2:47PM

    Thank God you and Ken are alright! Having those kind of days usually make me want to go home, crawl UNDER the bed and not come out! You have such a wonderful outlook. I am praying for you, let's hope you have good news from the doctor's, but whatever happens, God will take care of you, you are one of his special angels!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 2:33PM

    Oh, HELEN! I JUST NOW caught up with you by reading this blog! No WONDER you made the statement that you were glad to be alive or something like that (if I remember correctly)!!! I had no idea you were in a wreck, not to mention the craziness of that guy! Wowie! I am glad that you guys ARE OK, and that you went to get checked out. I'm so glad the police showed up when they did, too, or you might have been in danger, but who knows.

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I am so behind, but just plugging along, and I will get caught up on my Sparking. There is so much less stress with less "stuff" to do on it. I am not worrying about the points so much, and just tracking the necessary things and keeping up with blogs of my best SparkFriends. So much nicer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 3/19/2012 11:50AM

    This sounds so much like something I MYSELF have dealt with... and you had me chuckling. It is never funny to get hit like that, but the stress and the relief that everything is okay... y'know?

(My sister and I often get the giggles after a crisis... odd response, I know--but you feel like family to me!)

As for the "man" in the other vehicle... I always try to give folks the benefit of the doubt. I suppose he was having a bad day too, and just didn't have the know-how or the grace to deal with it any better...

We'll wish him a better life, shall we?

I am SO glad you're both okay...

And I'm glad you're getting some better help, too! Kidneys are delicate and NECESSARY little things...

Be well...
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JOYATLAST 3/19/2012 11:28AM

    Helen, you really put me through the emotional ringer!!

I was rear-ended too! But without all the drama! Whew!

I'm glad, happy, sorry, relieved, shocked, and most of all hopeful. You have a mightly God who makes all your ways prosperous!!!!

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OPALMOON 3/19/2012 7:18AM

    What a day, Helen! So sorry to hear of the accident - hank goodness you were both in one piece though. Glad to hear you are finally getting some help with your kidney issues - praying that all turns out well.

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123ELAINE456 3/19/2012 12:57AM

  Im very happy that you are under the care of the Cleveland Clinic. You are getting the best of care in the country. I only wish you went to them when all of this started months ago. What counts now is going forward and not look back. So sorry about the accident and the madman that hit you. Hope the little girl is okay. Hope your husband and you are doing better. Whiplashes aren't great to have either. Think about sueing him for this reason that maybe he won't do this again to someone else. God Bless the Both of You and I will keep you in my prayers. Try to have a much better week also.Keep your Positive Attitude. It helps.

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LITTLEWIND53 3/18/2012 11:56PM

    I am so happy for you that you found a doctor who would explain things to you. God is good for bringing him into your life.

Sorry to hear about your rear ender. Hope you feel better soon...

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SLIMLILA 3/18/2012 10:48PM

    And I thought I was having a bad day.... You were certainly blessed today and you have such a fantastic attitude... HOpe the whiplash isn't severe and heals quickly, you have enough other stuff to worry about. Praise the Lord for connecting you up with a dr. who cares enough to really investigate... emoticon

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TERRI289 3/18/2012 10:29PM

    So glad that you made it home mostly intact..HOpe your both heal quickly... emoticon

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AFLOYD6 3/18/2012 10:19PM

    Very glad to hear that you found a doctor that you are happy with. Sorry about the events of your day. Your positive attitude is inspiring. Hope you and your husband heal quickly. God bless you

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PATRICIAANN46 3/18/2012 8:59PM

  Hi Helen.........
I can't believe what a positive attitude you have after all that happened to you. You are right though, you are alive, you have found a good doctor, and your car can be fixed. It almost sounds like the other driver had some kind of breakdown.........I feel sorry for his little one.
Take care and I hope your next trip is very boring and uneventful.
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GOOZLEBEAR 3/18/2012 8:45PM

    Helen, what a day you had and what a wonderful and positive attitude you still have! I can't believe all that happened to you. I'm really surprised at the reaction of that crazy driver, how upsetting for you. Sure hope all that gets straightened out without any problems. Also pray that this doctor will get your kidney problems fixed and soon.

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_LINDA 3/18/2012 8:35PM

    Oh what a stressful day :(( So very sorry you and Ken were hurt :(( Whiplash can be really nasty and have long term effects :( I hope you two will be okay..
So glad the Clinic appears very competent..
My thoughts are with you and Ken
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ADJQUILTER 3/18/2012 8:28PM

    Thank God that you and Ken are both ok! In spite of the horrific day you had, things could have been much worse. God was watching over you. Your nephrologist sounds like a good and caring doctor. That is a real blessing. You are in my prayers for relief from the discomfort from the accident, and also that your kidney function can improve.
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HDHAWK 3/18/2012 7:16PM

    What a day is for sure! So glad you are ok and that you have found a good dr. I'm glad the police took care of the guy who hit you. That's scary!

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WOWEETOO 3/18/2012 5:58PM

    like i said the cleveland clinic is first class and with that reputation for sure and he spent quality time with you and you can bet with the new tests he will also spend more time with you
sorry about your car but glad you are ok for sure
knows i loves you
isn't that kidney info interesting now??..that was a thought of mine but it is such a simple little thought and it took someone interested to pick up on it
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CAPECODBABE 3/18/2012 1:39PM

    What a day. At least you are okay

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SWTHNY- 3/18/2012 11:15AM

    My thoughts and prayers for you and your husband. Also for the man who in front of his daughter lost it and couldn't seem to admit fault. Its wonderful you found a good MD
God Bless
cheryl

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RACELOBSTER 3/18/2012 10:45AM

    Wow, glad you both weren't severely injured. Good luck with everything!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/18/2012 10:40AM

    What a day indeed . . . good heavens. I am so glad that you walked away from that accident!!! Blessings.

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1GR8FULGAL 3/18/2012 9:16AM

    OMGosh!! I hardly know what to say?! PTL you are both going to be OK, and for the good news of finding a good MD!! Prayers....and HUGS!

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/18/2012 7:41AM

    WOW WHAT A DAY!GLAD YOU ARE GETTING SOME WHERE WITH THIS DR. AND ALSO GLAD YOU TWO ARE OK.GOOD LUCK WITH THE RESULTS AND YOU WILL PROBRBLY BE SORE FOR AWHILE.

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WENDENANNIE 3/18/2012 4:45AM

    So glad you weren't hurt any worse! Will keep you in my prayers for a quick recovery!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/18/2012 4:45AM

    I feel so badly for you Helen,what a day! So much happened,it's making my head spin.I hope you and Ken will recover from the Whiplash with no other health issues.THankfully you had our dear loving guiding Father to protect you both,it could have been a lot worse.Relax and hope you don't have another day like that anytime soon,yikes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/18/2012 3:43AM

    Will keep you in my prayers hun emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 3/18/2012 2:12AM

    Prayers for o residual repercussions from you accident.

God is looking out for you both.

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QUILTINGB52 3/18/2012 1:56AM

    Hope you don't have any adverse affects from your accident! Will keep you in my thoughts & prayers!

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Kidney numbers

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My dear Lady Mary (WOWEETOO), this blog is for you. Numbers are very important in the life of someone who is diabetic and who also has chronic kidney disease, hydronephrosis with uncontrolled hypertension. When I was hospitalized several months ago with extremely high potassium levels, the doctor decided this was due to medications I was taking. Therefore they took me off my blood pressure medications...medications they insisted I needed as my blood pressure issues are caused by the kidneys not functioning properly. They are trying new medications and walking. I usually walk for at least two hours a day as that is supposed to help lower the blood pressure as well as help control the diabetes. I am currently on six different meds which is subject to change at any time...take away one, add two or three. Amazing. Since then my blood pressure has been running extremely high...most days it is running from 205/72 down to 194/68. My systolic number has not been below 188 for the past four to six weeks although my diastolic number is almost always below 80. The day I had my cystoscopy I was sent home from the hospital with a blood pressure reading of 210/92. When I questioned it, they told me not to worry about it unless I had a very severe headache or got extremely dizzy. I dropped off copies of these last tests yesterday to my regular medical doctor as she had not received them yet.
The walking is working great for my diabetes as my A1C was 6.0 but not so much for my blood pressure.

My numbers from my blood work on 2/29/12 were:
Actual ........ Normal Ranges
A1C = 6.0 ........ 4.0-6.0
Calcium = 8.6 ... 8.4-10.4
BUN = 54 ........ 10-26
NA = 134 ........ 136-144
K = 5.1 ............ 3.5-5.5
CO2 = 18 ........ 24-34
CRE = 1.8 ....... 0.4-1.0
eGFR - Non-Afr. American = 21 ........ > 60
eGFR - African American = 24 .......... > 60
Total Protein-24Hr. Urine = 3647 ........ 50-100

Numbers are very important, but it appears that I am the only one concerned about them. The new nephrologist and urologist I went to set up my next appointments for six months from now. Really???

Anyway I feel it is in my best interest to get another opinion so I called the Cleveland Kidney Clinic yesterday and they scheduled me for tomorrow afternoon. You can bet I have everything ready for my appointment with neuphrology there tomorrow. Praying that I get some answers. I am actually beyond caring what the problem is...I just want it fixed!!!

May God bless you with a wonderful week of good health, food to grace your table, money to pay your bills, time to smile and be nice to at least one person each day, and time to accomplish everything you want to do as well as time to rest, relax and sleep.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Unexpected twists and turns in our lives
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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BLONDEE53 3/24/2012 11:47AM

    Oh, Helen...that is so scary! I will be praying for you too, love. I never knew the protein levels could be so bad!! I'm taking notes from your page as well. I had lab work done two weeks ago and my triglcerides were 1007...so that's my focus now.
You have such a sweet spirit and are such an inspiration and encouragement to others. You are a shining star and I am so glad you are here...to share this journey with us.
Be blessed and strengthened I pray...
Bren

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I.M.MAGIC 3/19/2012 11:30AM

    If my BP were that high, I'd be in the ER! I'm glad you're going elsewhere for a second opinion...
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SARAHTAIT 3/19/2012 10:55AM

    I deat with knowing all those important numbers when my husband was alive...he had diabetes and kidney failure....
Knowing what is normal for tests related to your condition is very important and more people should be aware of this.
I am impressed that you took the initiative to get another opinion....as an RN I know that the patient needs to be proactive for their own healthcare...much can be overlooked in the health system and you can not depend on your doctor always!

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RETURNTOTHIN 3/18/2012 5:00AM

    YOU ARE ONE SMART LADY! To have a second opinion at the Cleveland Clinic! and in your next blog, sounds like you are getting answers. Lots of problems can be fixed and kidney function preserved.... So glad it sounds like that is happening. Do hope you don't have long term problems from that crazy rear ending car accident.

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JAXMOMMY 3/17/2012 11:26PM

    Helen-- 6.0 for your A1C is excellent! As a result of a long lasting illness mine was up to 7.2 this last time! But, I'm exercising regularly again and working hard to lose this weight I regained, so hope to have it back down next time! I hope you get some better results and people who care about these numbers in Cleveland! I'm quitting my doctor too due to the same type of disregard for my concerns! What can they possibly mean to tell you not to worry unless you are actively having a stroke? Crazy! Happy St. Patrick's Day and keep us informed on your progress with the new docs!

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/17/2012 6:14AM

    GOOD LUCKY AGAIN HELEN AND PRAYERS THINGS WILL WORK OUT FOR YOU, CHAR

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ALASKAN 3/17/2012 1:09AM

    WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, SO IF YOU NEED US. PRAYING FOR YOU DAILY AND HOPE YOU WILL BE FEELING BETTER SOON. IT'S EASY FOR THEM TO SAY NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT, B/C US DIABETICS KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG WHEN WE DO NOT FEEL RIGHT. I HOPE YOU WILL GET YOUR ANSWERS THAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR. LET US KNOW B/C YOU BELONG TO OUR FAMILY HERE.
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LITTLEWIND53 3/16/2012 11:09PM

    I hope you had a great appointment today in Cleveland, and that you will get some answers and a plan of action...

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FROSTY99 3/16/2012 9:36PM

    Helen, I hope that the folks at Cleveland Clinic can give you some answers as that blood pressure reading is scary to me.
Praying for you to get someone who cares and for you to get the care you need.
Hugs
Pat

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PARAEAST 3/16/2012 7:44PM

    Praying that all gets worked out. I also have hbp. Take care and so glad God is in control. Well written as we know who is in control. PTL!

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/16/2012 5:48PM

    Praying for you Helen and that you find some answers to those issues, I'd be trying to find them too. Please keep us updated.
Hugs
Janet

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123ELAINE456 3/16/2012 4:55PM

  Dear God Our sisters in Christ needs your healing hand on them. We prayer that the appointment today goes well and provides much needed answers for thier health. We are Thankful for everything you have done for them and us. WE give you all The Praise and Glory to You. Thank You Jesus Amen. May God Bless Everyone and Have a Wonderful Week, Happy St. Patricks Day Everyone.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/16/2012 1:15PM

    i don't blame you for getting another opinion. some pretty scary numbers.

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EBLOOMING 3/16/2012 11:37AM

    The modern day medical answer is 'take your health care into your own hands...be your own advocate'. Sounds like you are doing just that Helen. Smart lady!! emoticon emoticonDETERMINATION!

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OPALMOON 3/16/2012 11:29AM

    Wishing you well and hoping you get some answers, Helen!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/16/2012 11:27AM

    I think you are extremely wise to get another appt., and more wise that it's Cleveland and MOST wise going prepared with your medical information.

Prayers for you.

I'm sorry, but I would NOT feel comfortable just hanging around "til something seems wrong" as it seems was suggested. That could be too late!

Wishing you all the best, my dear Helen.

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YOYONOMORE1 3/16/2012 9:32AM

    Praying your appointment goes well today and that you get some answers as what to do for those numbers that aren't where they should be.

Hugs,
Shirl

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NANA2PRINCESSES 3/16/2012 5:21AM

    Good luck with your appointment. Glad you are getting specialized help. Those numbers (except for the excellent A1c) are pretty scary.

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/16/2012 4:21AM

    GOOD LUCK AT YOUR APPT AND HOPE THEY CAN HELP FIX THE PROBLEM HUGS AND PRAYERS, CHAR

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/16/2012 3:52AM

    Hi Helen,
Came to your SPARKPAGE as I read on The Chair Exercise team huddle you were going to the Clinic for your kidneys! I read your blog and want to wish you well! I hope you find the right Dr to get things straightened out!
Take care!
Best wishes,
Mary
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NEW-CAZ 3/16/2012 3:52AM

    Helene proud of you for standing up for your rights, hope you get some answers hun.
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_LINDA 3/16/2012 1:36AM

    Good for you standing up for your rights. You need better solutions then what you are getting. Surely this clinic can help you.
My thoughts and hopes are with you. These are some scary numbers :(
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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/16/2012 1:02AM

    emoticonWishing you seek the answers,yikes that is scary and glad for your appt. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    just happened upon your blog. Get another opinion on your numbers. Advocate for yourself, doctors don't always pay close enough attention to things. I have seen it firsthand more than you would know. Hope you do better with better medical management.
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WOWEETOO 3/15/2012 11:35PM

    my prayers are going up for you as you prepare for this thing tomorrow i can see that your kidney function is way down for sure and that is probably the high blood pressure deal going there..i am glad you are off to see a real specialist..there is something about doctors that work in specialty clinics that they do things differently than private practice and are expected to keep up with things far better than the nephrologist you have..i have to see mine every three mmonths and all my stats are within normal range this time but still he says four months this time..he is not there to make money off me but to make sure we keep me healthy as possible..his salary is paid every two weeks by the hospital and he is always available the clinic route is excellent for sure just as the cancer center was..they know what they are doig and work at making it work..whatever it needs..i will pray and i kknow God is looking after you for sure..my nephrologist says the docs wait too long to do something and it's too late then..one of the reasons that after four years i am a success MOST OF THE TIME and when i'm not we refine even more but we never wait and see..the cleveland clinic is a wonderful place for sure take your list of questions and make sure you get all the answers you need and see if they have a nutritionist that specializes in the national kidney foundation diet and see them before you leave
knows i loves you for sure and as an aside here angelbelievers thor has died today if you didn't have enough time to go there today

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NASFKAB 3/15/2012 11:06PM

  praying for you

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LKEITHO 3/15/2012 10:37PM

    Sounds like you made a great decision on getting another opinion. Congrats on a great A1c, though!

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    Yes, it is time to get some answers. But the A1C looks very good! emoticon

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JUDY1676 3/15/2012 9:52PM

    I am so glad to hear you got an appt. forntomorrow. I, too would be worried with blood pressure numbers that high. Keep us informed as to what you find out. Prayers for some good news!

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    Aaww, Helen, I hope that you get some answers and some help with the blood pressure. Praying for you as always.... emoticon

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Miracles are where you find them. Praise God for Jo's very strong faith!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I just wanted to share what may well be Jo's final posting on The Caring Bridge for her husband Dennis. God has surely blessed this family in many ways...especially with a very strong faith. Her writing speaks for itself.
Helen


Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:42 PM, EDT

Hi Everyone,

I am not sure if any of you will read this, but I couldn't end it with "the arrangements"!

The calling hours and service were wonderful! The kids and I hope those of you that were there thought so as well.

We have our sad times, yes but overall we are ok. Way back when this whole journey started, I had to work hard and listen hard as I talked to God about what was going to be happening in our lives. At that time, I made my peace with whatever the outcome was to be. Then, this past summer, things were looking good! We had a good summer! Then this fall, things changed again. I had to work hard, listen hard and make my peace again. There was a difference this time, as much as Den was able, with all of the love and lessons from you all and family, I believe Den made his peace as well. Looking back, talking to all our kids, we believe he KNEW his time on earth was about over. Different things he said and did. We all kind of knew to be honest, but we didn't expect THIS SOON>>> it truly was a shock.

We are grateful for the time we have had with Den, and we are thankful that he passed as peaceful as possible. Den would have STOPPED AT NOTHING, GONE TO HELL AND BACK THE LIKES YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN TO not leave us! So, for that reason alone, I thank God for taking him home.

Please think back sometimes on this journey and how we all felt. We all felt connected not only to each other but to the good Lord above. Pay it forward as the saying goes.

Tho Den is not walking this earth, he is with us all, call on him, he will be there.

The miracles are not done my friends! We didn't get the miracle we expected but there have been miracles along this journey and will continue to be miracles if we believe, ask and look.

Love you all,

Mrs. Dennis Patrick Doris........and damn proud of it!










MY VERY SPECIAL NOTE TO JO:

Again, Jo, you continue to inspire. I just have to say that you have been a miracle also. Not only have you shared your and Den's journey on The Caring Bridge, both the good and the bad...you have also been a pillar of strength and inspiration for so very many others fighting the good fight at The CTCA and at home. We are very blessed that you are part of our lives. You and Den will forever be in our hearts and our thoughts.
You have your very own angel watching over you now. McKenzie (our 8 year old) tells me that when you look at the sky every night that shiniest star you see will be Den watching over you through the night.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family always. May God continue to bless you and yours.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

  
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FROSTY99 3/15/2012 9:21PM

    It was an honor to share this journey with Jo & Den and even though it ended much too soon, I pray that Jo can go on with a happy heart knowing that this was a battle well fought and even though Den lost, in the end he won-Eternal Life.
Blessing to Jo and her family as they carry on without Den.
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POETLKNG2LOSE 3/15/2012 3:29PM

    What a wonderful witness they both were to the world in what was happening. I am sure no one will easily forget them. What a great witness as well. Thank you for sharing.

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OPALMOON 3/15/2012 8:53AM

    Dear Helen,
Thank you so much for sharing the amazing, inspirational journey of Jo and Den.
May God's blessings be with you all.
Sending warm wishes and loving thoughts, Nattacia

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/15/2012 5:10AM

    THANK YOU HELEN FOR POSTING ALL ALONG FOR DEN AND JO PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL. HUGS,CHAR

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WINDSONG~ 3/15/2012 3:01AM

    His tribute is to a life well lived and a love for you that will endure time and distance. He is watching over you and when you see a butterfly it will be him reminding you of his love for you.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/14/2012 8:38PM

    emoticonI could not hold the tears back after reading this Helen.What a strong in Faith and God I have witnessed here in this writing,THank you for sharing this with us,Jo and her family has really been so amazing and strong through this can show us and teach us a lot about our own spiritual strength,as with you Helen as well. What a blessing you are to us and Jo and her family and an honor to have read his journey since it started with the Cancer.Prayers for all of you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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CLOVER2 3/14/2012 8:06PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, you have been so incredibly brave throughout everything! I have been inspired and awed in sharing your story and will always be grateful for that. Den will be missed, he is around us though and he knows we think about him. To be honest, I'm a bit envious, he is with our Lord now, what an adventure!
Take care of yourselves and know that you are in a lot of hearts!
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_LINDA 3/14/2012 7:44PM

    A wonderful way to finish this part of Den's journey for his friends and loved ones on Earth. Your McKenzie is one special child, how very thoughtful of her...
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I.M.MAGIC 3/14/2012 2:58PM

    ... you know I love you both, and Ken too. Den is where he needs to be now... at peace.

... prayers for your sorrow and healing.

... life is good.

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ALMMOM 3/14/2012 1:11PM

    A good testimony. I describe death to my daughter as God saying "Come here, its time to come home". How sweet when we are assured of seeing him again!!!

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NANAMOM652009 3/14/2012 11:22AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jo and her family. I understand how it is excep I lost my hsband suddenly with no warning. I have made peace with losing him and the knowledge that someday we will be reunited. emoticon emoticon thru your faith you will get thru this. emoticon

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AVANELL 3/14/2012 11:04AM

    Praying that the peace of God will encompass your hearts and carry you through this time of loss!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2012 10:31AM

    Tears and prayers.

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  Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

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PARAEAST 3/14/2012 9:43AM

    Praying for all and also that some perhaps many come to know God through the family and all. God is in control and good!. Praying now for His comfort!

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God bless all our members and friends in Sparkland

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I saw this today and wanted each of you to know that I feel it applies to everyone I have met on my journey to a healthier me.


Dear Lord,

As I thank you for the gift of life, I also thank you for the gift of the wonderful people I have met along this journey. Some of them inspire me, stretch me, challenge me, love me and encourage me. All of them helped me to realize how meaningful and beautiful my life is. I love them so much. Bless them, Lord, with good health, security, wealth, success, peace and joy. Grant their prayers too.

Amen.

  
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123ELAINE456 3/14/2012 8:30PM

  Thank You for the Wonderful Prayer. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/12/2012 4:43PM

    It's a wonderful prayer. Thanks for sharing it.

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FROSTY99 3/11/2012 6:38PM

    emoticon Well said!

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SNUZSUZ 3/11/2012 10:40AM

    Amen! What a beautiful prayer!

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LOVESLIFE48 3/11/2012 9:06AM

    Amen. I wish the same for you too my friend!! emoticon

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DBELLE39 3/11/2012 8:26AM

    Amen, bleesings to you friend.

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/11/2012 8:11AM

    HELEN I FEEL THE SAME WAY MY FRIEND HUGS,CHAR

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ALASKAN 3/11/2012 12:16AM

    that is a wonderful and sharing post. I really enjoyed reading and touched my heart. I am or will try to be here if you need a listening ear, reading eyes to (read each and every post) and to a friend to you. Thank you for sharing your time with us, take care, and talk you soon

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123ELAINE456 3/11/2012 12:08AM

  This is a Beautiful Inspirational Prayer. Thank You very much for posting it. In these trying times that we are living in now everyone needs God in their lives. God Bless Everyone and Have a Wonderful Week.

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JAXMOMMY 3/11/2012 12:05AM

    Just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/10/2012 10:53PM

  Beautiful.................. emoticon Helen.

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    I agree, thank you for sharing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/10/2012 9:12PM

    Thanks for sharing that beautiful prayer.

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    emoticon Prayer! TY for sharing!!!

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SUSIEPH1 3/10/2012 7:19PM

    So Lovely Helen !!.
Thank you for posting this !!

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SBECKER526 3/10/2012 7:15PM

    That is a beautiful prayer. Thanks! Amen!

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_LINDA 3/10/2012 7:11PM

    Thank you Helen, I have been blessed to know you!
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WOWEETOO 3/10/2012 7:07PM

    ditto my dear helen and now what about those results????

haven't seen those anywhere..have i missed something??
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Farewell my very dear friend, Dennis. You lived strong!!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012 11:12 PM, EST

Hello my dear friends,

This has been an amazing journey hasn't it? So many ups and so many downs and so many hidden or unexpected miracles! We have all grown as humans and friends and in my opinion, all because a wonderful man was diagnosed with Cancer. He has said many times he has learned so much thru all of this and I SAY he and our whole family has learned and have been a part of and maybe even shown the way to some, to a way bigger way of life than we had ever thought to experience. I am so proud of us all, you all included!

Our dear, dear Dennis is no longer fighting, he has kicked cancer's ass to be blunt and he did exactly what he has said he was going to do, beat this on HIS TIME, IN HIS WAY and NOT on cancer's say so~

I am so sorry to tell you this, our Dennis passed away this evening at 7:30 pm at Wilson hospital.

Cancer did not beat him~~~~ Den died because his heart stopped beating. The kids and I were able to get to the hospital right before he passed.

Neither Den nor I or any of our children regret a single day of this journey, do we wish we weren't on it? Yep! Do we wish he was still here in the flesh being Den as only Den can be? You bet! But, I am sooo thankful to The Lord above for taking him home quickly, and as painlessly as possibly!

I don't know what else to say right now to be honest, other than thank you for being a part of our lives, thank you for your love and support thru all of this and both Den and I love you all.

I will be back on once the kids and I decide the "arrangements' uuuuuggggghh that is such a gross saying!

Goodnight my friends and may God continue to bless us all and may we find comfort thru the storms.

Love,

Jo

Jo is SparkPeople's very own GRAMMA2362.






Prayers are requested for this precious family of God. There is nothing I can add at this time. God has taken this very dear man home to His kingdom and for that we can only be thankful. I have been so blessed for having known and loved Den and Jo and I will never forget the trials, courage and faith that they shared on this journey. Den is resting in the glory of God.
Thank you, God, for the influence Den has made in Ken's and my life and for allowing us the love and friendship of such of great man. We love him and will greatly miss him. Bless Jo and their family and friends with comfort and peace as only You can do. Amen.



POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Celebrating the wonderful life of Dennis Doris and his faith and positive influence always
The friendship of Jo and Dennis Doris
Unexpected twists and turns in our lives
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!





Dennis, Thank you, my dear friend. Thank you for the opportunity to travel this road with you. You have shown us all what love, strength, determination and most of all what true faith is. You will be missed, but I am glad there is no more pain. Thank you for being such a big part of our lives.
You lived strong!!!

  
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JAMER123 3/15/2012 1:13AM

    What a beautiful tribute to a much beloved man, Den. He will be missed but you are the strength by which he lived & he will be rejoicing in God love. My thoughts & prayers are with you and Den's family.
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I.M.MAGIC 3/14/2012 3:00PM

    Amen

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CAROLIAN 3/14/2012 2:50PM

    emoticon May he Rest in Eternal Peace

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ISAWAPUTTYTAT 3/12/2012 4:01PM

    Helen : I am so very sorry sweetie franks and my prayers are with you and den. I know it is so very hard for you and the family right now. I hope you know we angels are here for you and erna and i are here also if you need anything please feel free to communicate upon us for whatever you need. You have also been part of my family here at home. YOu and den have been through alot. I am so sorry i could not keep up with you since this computer is acting up. I will put my number in a mail to you and please feel free to call upon me at any given time.

For you stay strong and we will all help you through this.You and den are always in our hearts and prayers.Please except my apologies for not getting to you quicker. Again so very sorry to hear. Take care of you and the family.Talk with you soon. Love ya sarah

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LIFE-FAITH 3/12/2012 10:38AM

    emoticon So sorry for your loss. Praying for God's grace. Jean

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DARLENEK04 3/12/2012 2:25AM

  So very sorry to hear this news, and sending love and prayers
to the family.

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MISSM66 3/11/2012 10:17AM

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EBLOOMING 3/10/2012 12:58PM

    Prayers for you Helen and for Dennis' family. He certainly fought the good fight. emoticon emoticonGive my regards to his family. Elaine

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JUSTPEACHY1 3/8/2012 7:04PM

    Praying for you and for his family, and rejoicing that he is HOME!!! (((hugs))) Ena

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AFERRARI 3/8/2012 1:23PM

    So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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DANLIN60 3/8/2012 12:19PM

    Jo so sorry to hear of Dennis passing but he is no longer in pain and he is now in a beautiful place watching over you and your family. You always took such good care of him, you are a angel. My prayers and love is with you now. God bless all of you.

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BEGOODE 3/8/2012 7:53AM

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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LITTLEWIND53 3/7/2012 9:32PM

    Words seem so inadequate at times like this, but I would like to add my condolences to you and Den's family. emoticon

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CLOVER2 3/7/2012 7:09PM

    I am so very sorry. My thoughts and my prayers are there with you and your family. My tears are for you, but they are shed with joy too, Den is in a place of beauty and kindness and absolutely NO pain ever, ever again. You have a world of prayers with you right now, they envelope you to keep you warm. All my love to you and yours.
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LOVESLIFE48 3/7/2012 7:59AM

    I'm so, so sorry to hear about his passing. But I'm so glad he was not in any pain. Sending prayers and big hugs to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1GR8FULGAL 3/7/2012 7:19AM

    I am so sorry for this deep loss. My thoughts, prayers and sympathy to his friends and family. HUGS

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GGRANLDY 3/7/2012 5:33AM

    Was sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. May Gods Peace just fill your hearts and may you find comfort in Him at this time. Keeping you in my prayers. Many Hugs go out to you and your family.



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ALASKAN 3/7/2012 1:02AM

    HELLO HELEN,
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DENNIS AND HE WILL BE YOUR ANGEL LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN. I KNOW THAT IT WILL BE ROUGH, BUT WE ALL ARE FOR YOU AND WILL NOT LEAVE YOUR SIDE.HE KNEW THAT YOU LOVED HIM AND DID A LOT. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, WE ARE HERE. IT'S HARD TO LOSE A FAMILY MEMBER AND FRIENDS. I AM CRYING AS I TYPE THIS OUT TO YOU.REMEMBER THE TIMES YOU HAD TOGETHER AND CHERISH THOSE MEMORIES. HE IS NOT SUFFERING ANYMORE AND STAY CLOSE TO YOUR FAMILY. I HAVE KEPT THE PRAYERS FOR YOU ALL AND NOW YOU NEED TO SLOWLY MOVE ONWARD, B/C YOU KNOW DENNIS WOULD NOT WANT YOU TO STOP..YOU HAVE MY CONDOLENCES .TAKE CARE AND TALK TO YOU SOON, GET SOME REST TOO. emoticon emoticon ALWAYS, ERNA

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_LINDA 3/7/2012 12:28AM

    Was so very, very sad to hear this on the friend feed :( What a gracious letter Jo has written. Earth has lost a good man. His long ordeal is finally over and he can be free of pain. But there will be so much hurt in his loss for those that remain. Comforting and soothing thoughts, may the friends and loved ones feel the warmth and love of Dennis watching over them from heaven..
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    Sending prayers to his family and friends. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 3/6/2012 9:01PM

  I am so sorry to hear this news. As you put it so beautifully though, Dennis is no longer in pain and is with the Lord. It is difficult to let go, but if that is the way it has to be, I guess we can't question. That decision is out of our hands.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/6/2012 8:16PM

    My prayers are with all his family and friends. He fought the good fight.

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FLAME42 3/6/2012 8:08PM

    Prayers for your family. Knowing the faith that runs so strong in your family will help carry you through this too.

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MAYBER 3/6/2012 8:01PM

    R I P Heaven has a new angel
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GHOSTFLAMES 3/6/2012 8:00PM

    I SIT HERE WITH TEARS IN MY EYES,THANK SO MUCH HELEN FOR LETTING US KNOW AND PLEASEE TELL ALL HOW SORRY I AM PRAYER GO OUT TO JO AND FAMILY DEN WAS THRU SO VERY MUCH AND NOW IS A REST.LOVE AND HUGS,CHAR

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AMLEHNKURT 3/6/2012 7:51PM

    My deepest sympathies Helen. (((HUGS)))

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GRANDMANANCY 3/6/2012 7:33PM

    Praying for family and friends....
When my best friend died of cancer..I sat by her bedside as she died and told her that cancer DID NOT WIN! Jesus won...and was ready for her to come home. I told her to go on ahead...and I would be there as soon as I could...as soon as He allowed me..I meant it and three years later..I still mean it....OH I MISS HER SO!!!!
Praying for you and all the family members.
((((HUGS)))))

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JUDITH316 3/6/2012 6:23PM

    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15... I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, my prayers are with you all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GATOR12 3/6/2012 5:47PM

    Heaven's reward and Dennis isn't suffering. We are greedy at times and never ready to give them up. Praying for family & friends.

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NELLIEC 3/6/2012 4:21PM

    He certainly fought the good fight -- and now has the Rest he deserves!

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GLOMER 3/6/2012 3:51PM

    Hugs to you all!

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OPALMOON 3/6/2012 3:41PM

    Dear Helen, may God comfort you and Jo and your families at this time. So sorry for your loss of this incredible, inspirational man. I know Dennis will live on in your hearts and remain with you all in spirit. Sending loving thoughts and prayers for you and Jo and your families.
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WENDENANNIE 3/6/2012 3:36PM

    I am so sorry for your loss, but we know that our Lord and Savior has taken him to a better place. My prayers are with you all.

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JAXMOMMY 3/6/2012 3:20PM

    So sad for your loss and Dennis's family's loss of such a strong, loving person. What a blessing he and his family was to you and will always be to you! I'm glad to read he went peacefully. Thank you for sharing his life with us so that we all could gain courage from his and Jo's battle! Hugs, Melissa

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/6/2012 2:28PM

    This makes me so sad Helen, but we know Dennis is in a better place, free of pain. We've been praying for him a long time and God has seen fit to take him home.
Sending lots of hugs and prayers.

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MILLISMA 3/6/2012 2:18PM

    I don't have the words to express my sadness. God bless all of you.



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MAMASALLYSOCKS 3/6/2012 1:54PM

    Have you and family in my thoughts and prayers.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 3/6/2012 1:19PM

    So sad, sorry for your loss.

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SUSIEPH1 3/6/2012 1:12PM

    So very sad.
Such a brave man and his family .
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BLUE-JEAN-LADY 3/6/2012 1:11PM

  I am so sorry for your loss. Even though you are the one facing such a difficult time, you gave/give me strength. I will think of you when things seem tough. Your positive attitude and relationship with God is very beautiful! Hugs!

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