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Surgery tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tomorrow I'll be having the valvuloplasty. After all I've been through these past few weeks, I'm so relieved to be getting this done. I should have instantaneous relief! It will be so good to be able to breathe without pain, heart palpatations, dizziness, etc.

I will have the procedure around 9 a.m., stay overnight, and if there are no complications, will come home Friday morning. My cardiologist says there is very little chance that I will have neuropathy again. Good.

Say a little prayer that all goes well! Thanks for all of your good wishes, goodies, etc. They are much appreciated :)

  
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DIANE929 10/18/2010 5:15PM

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MSAGER2 9/22/2010 4:18PM

    Hope you are having a speedy recovery and are back on your feet.

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 9/22/2010 10:23AM

    Still sending prayers your way and hoping for your quick recovery!

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GINA-GMB 9/20/2010 3:20PM

    Haven't seen a post since before your surgery. How are you doing?

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TRAVELNISTA 9/19/2010 10:01PM

    emoticon and emoticon for a speedy recovery. I am days behind in my Friend Feed. I pray all went well. emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 9/18/2010 12:51AM

    Hope all is well!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/17/2010 3:42PM

    Prayers were sent and I hope everything went well. emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 9/17/2010 11:18AM

    good luck!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/17/2010 9:01AM

    BIG prayers being said my friend!!! Please let us know how you are!!!
YAY for no neuropathy or palpitations!!!
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Holly

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DORYH20 9/17/2010 8:31AM

    Prayers and good wishes to you teamie!

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PATTIANNT 9/16/2010 10:42PM

    Prayers just going up for you. Please let us know how you are doing.
Patti

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DENI_ZEN 9/16/2010 5:36PM

    I'm so sorry I came across your message so late, Willow, but I hope you're convalescing nicely following the valvuloplasty you had. It's so wonderful your cardiologist has given you such an excellent prognosis, too! Good news all around :) We'll be glad to see you back here and feeling and doing so much better as a result of your surgery, too! emoticon - Sandi emoticon

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REBECCAMA 9/16/2010 4:06PM

  Good luck!!!

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DAWNO64 9/16/2010 1:27PM

    I'll be worrying about you! I hope all goes well.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/16/2010 9:34AM

    I will be thinking about you tomorrow and look forward to hearing you are doing well! emoticon emoticon

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MAMALOA 9/16/2010 7:01AM

    My prayers are most certainly with you. I wish you every success. This one is surely a step in the right direction. emoticon

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GETDONE 9/16/2010 3:35AM

    God Bless you emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/16/2010 1:45AM

    My thoughts & prayers are with you. Hugs!

~Nancy~

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TRUELOU 9/16/2010 12:57AM

    In prayer, dear friend:)
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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/16/2010 12:17AM

    Praying for you, friend.
Blessings!
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/16/2010 12:08AM

    I am thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Just know that ALL your spark friends care for you and we are all here for you. Take Care!
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L*I*T*A* 9/15/2010 11:52PM

    sending positive thoughts and prayers..........
wishing you a quick and unventful recovery..........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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SHASTA11 9/15/2010 11:22PM

    Well, you already know my prayers are with you and the doctor. But here's some more prayers. emoticon

Are you taking your lap-top with you, cause I want to know everything just as soon as you're able. Don't want to have to wait til Fri afternoon.

We are here for you.

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SAMI199 9/15/2010 11:18PM

    You know you will be in my thoughts & prayers.You keep the faith & we'll hear from you in a few days...
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 9/15/2010 11:14PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated on how you are doing.
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Hallelujah!

Friday, August 27, 2010

This morning I received a call from pain management saying they had set me up with an appt. for Sept. 23. Unacceptable. I am not willing to wait almost 1 month before someone sees me regarding this excruciating pain. At my insistence (I refused to hang up...the gal would either have to listen to me or hang up on my...lol), she spoke with the nurse and called back a few hours later. I now have an appt. for Monday at 9:30 a.m. As my son says, "no one messes with mama"!

No word from the ob/gyn, so I called around 3 p.m. They had no test results yet. Another weekend of waiting...sigh. I received a call late this afternoon from their office. The nurse just didn't want me to wait all weekend. NO cancer! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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Thanks to all of my Spark friends who have sent Spark mails, left comments on my blog and page, and for all of the goodies. You are truly the best!
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 9/2/2010 4:05AM

    I hope you're feeling better! emoticon

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    great news...............awesome....
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/31/2010 9:40AM

    you HAVE to be your own advocate. I know i am down as a "difficult" patient. they now write my pain meds with no discussion. when i call and say something is wrong, they listen. it took me YEARS, and i gave up my career as a nurse because i couldnt stand to see people discounted and treated like nobodies.
GOOD FOR YOU!!! and i am SO glad to hear the obb/gyn results..YAY!!
Big hugs to you...
Holly

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DAWNO64 8/30/2010 5:50PM

    I really don't understand how the medical system can possibly think that when someone's in pain, a month is a fine idea. It's not. If someone's in pain, they should be seen immediately! I'm glad you stuck to your guns.

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GARDENER091 8/28/2010 11:10AM

    Just wanted to drop a note to you and let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank goodness no cancer and that you are able to get the appointment on Monday in lieu of waiting for 3-4 weeks. You go girl! We'll cross our fingers for the test results on Monday. We are thinking of you...hang in there. Times like this I know the weekend can be a very long time....but soon, you will have answers and you will be better! Hugs emoticon

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GRAMTOTWO 8/28/2010 9:24AM

    Great news! Now on to managing pain - my daughter once gain me a little wooden doll that said "When Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Wishing a peaceful weekend :)

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SHASTA11 8/27/2010 11:28PM

    You go girl. No cancer. Whoopee. I had a scare a few years ago too. Mom had it and survived.

I guess there's not much that you can take for the pain. Like my dizzyness. Nothing works. Sure hope I feel better tomorrow and that your pain will be less.

Take care.

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LRKNOBS 8/27/2010 9:40PM

    So glad to hear the good news! I'll keep you in thoughts and prayers through the weekend...keep us posted on your appt on Monday! By the way...Way to go to get into that appt!!! emoticon

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TRUELOU 8/27/2010 9:11PM

    Amen, so thankful things are looking up for you:)
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That is WONDERFUL!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/27/2010 8:13PM

    I am so relieved you don't have cancer and that you will get into the doctor soon. emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 8/27/2010 6:52PM

    I just stopped by to see how everything had gone, and if you'd heard anything today, Willow. I am SOOO GLAD your GYN's verdict came through and was great!!!!! Now you've made MY day :) Glad, too, that your pain will soon be addressed. You're well on the road to feeling better :) - Sandi emoticon

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SAM910 8/27/2010 6:46PM

    Congratulations on the great news! Good job on getting your pain appointment moved up. emoticon

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DAISY238 8/27/2010 6:23PM

    So glad you got an earlier appointment. It really does pay to hold your ground. Great news about no cancer. I hope you have a great weekend. God Bless!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRUELOU!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Today is Lou's birthday! Stop by her page and wish her well! She's one of my best Spark friends and deserves a big celebration today! She's been such an inspiration, motivation, and greatest Spark Friend ever! Here's to you, Lou; may we have many years of friendship! emoticon

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Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Lou!
Happy Birthday to you!

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www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=TR
UELOU

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/24/2010 10:22AM

    on my way!!

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TRUELOU 8/23/2010 11:24PM

    Thanks so much Willow, I hope we have many more years of friendship also:)
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DENI_ZEN 8/23/2010 11:02PM

    Happy Birthday to you, Lou!
(Rhyme intended :)
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/23/2010 4:42PM

    Happy Birthday to your friend!!

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Prayers needed

Sunday, August 22, 2010

As many of you know, I was in the ER this past week (due to some complications from surgery I'd had early in the week). Let me tell you, I will never, ever go to our local hospital ERs again. I went for what I thought were 2 minor issues. These issues were barely addressed, but they did try to treat me for a "heart attack" which they were sure I was having while there. No, I did not have a heart attack. I knew it then, I tried to tell the doctors and nurses, but they would not listen to me. I was not breathing well, could barely talk (symptoms of a stenosis episode). I knew what was wrong, what to do as I've had them before. I ended up staying over night. According to my chart, I was uncooperative as I refused to take 2 meds (1 is one I never take, and the other one I absolutely did take. I'm a diabetic and would never, ever refuse to take my insulin.). When I left, they gave me an Rx for a drug used to prevent heart attacks (which help the arteries open). I have no problems with my arteries. My surgery on Tues. showed that my arteries are "beautiful" much to the surprise of my cardiologist! They also gave me an Rx for a med that I have taken for some years, but the cardiologist wanted decreased by 50%...the Rx was for the high dosage. Now why would I refuse to fill them?!

I returned home Friday late afternoon exhausted. No sleep from all of the testing, blood work, whole 9 yards. Sat. morning I learned that my dear friend, Barbara had died during the night. Yesterday was pretty much a blur for me. I am going to miss Barbara so much. She was as close as any sister could be. However, I am glad that she passed peacefully and is no longer in any pain. It was how we all hoped she would go.

This afternoon about 4 as we were pulling in the driveway, we noticed cars backed up near our house. Sure enough, we heard the train whistle blow (tracks cross the road about 1 mile N of us). Within seconds we hear squealing of brakes, and crash, crash, crash...a 3 card pile up. Apparently the last car didn't realize the others in front of him had come to a complete stop, slammed on the brakes which locked up. We called 911 immediately, helped the passengers all we could, and stayed with them. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. That was enough excitement for my day.

Please pray that tomorrow I'll be able to set up immediate dr. appointments so I can get to the bottom of my health issues quickly. My son's wedding is coming up in October. I need to get healthy! Also asking for continued prayers for Barbara's family as they go through their grieving, and pray for those who were in the accidents today to heal quickly.

Thanks to those of you who have given me goodies, left messages on my page, Spark mailed me, and phone me over the past week. Spark friends are the best!!!

  
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 8/30/2010 12:04PM

    My goodness, you have been through a lot! I too have said prayers for everyone you have requested them for. I hope that you will be able to find out what is going on with your health. The unknown is always scary when it comes to health matters. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend Barbara. I pray that through this rough time, you can celebrate her life and cherish your memories of her. Blessings to you. emoticon emoticon

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THAMLEY 8/28/2010 8:34AM

    Willow, I'm so sorry for all that you've been going through. I've been kinda detached lately. Back issues had me flat for 5 days. I missed all your blogs and am just catching up. I'm glad you got some good news but sorry for all the unnecessary trials and loss you've been through. Keep your chin up, you are a champ and you will overcome.
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DENI_ZEN 8/26/2010 9:10PM

    Willow, thanks so much for stopping by! I've gotten way behind here on Spark and am trying, trying, trying to get caught up. If this site has a fault, it's that there are so many wonderful people to meet...and then real life throws in all its tasks, chores, and other stuff!

I am so sorry you've been having such a rough time lately - especially sorry to learn you've had an out-of-control situation with pain, too. Pain control, as you doubtlessly know, can get so tricky at times... I hope you get some really great help very soon and are feeling much, much better. It's always depressing to have to see lots of doctors, I know (from personal experience - blah!!) Sending you lots of emoticon and feel-better wishes, Sandi emoticon

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LOUFANJESSICA 8/23/2010 9:20AM

    I hope you find out what is going on with your health quickly. That is a scary situation. I will say a prayer for you and I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 8/22/2010 10:03PM

    emoticon and emoticon my friend. I am so sorry I am so far behind in my Sparking and did not realize what you were going through or about the surgery.

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HAPPYONE331 8/22/2010 9:15PM

    I don't know that I could have survived your past day or two. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your friend, I know that the two of you will continue to be close to each other in spirit. Death cannot kill Love. I'm also saddened to hear of your ER experience. Being a nurse who has worked in ER and in ICU, it is distressing to hear of this kind of situation. Pt's need to stand up for themselves as you did. Sometimes it seems like health care givers are just to busy to really "listen." God Bless.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/22/2010 8:16PM

    You most certainly do ahve my prayers and sending prayers for Barbaras family as well.
Hugs.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/22/2010 7:54PM

    You have really been through a lot lately. I am so sorry about your friend. I sent out prayers for everyone as you requested. I hope that this is the end to your medical problems.This is getting pretty scary. Get some rest, friend. You need it.

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7777BEV 8/22/2010 7:54PM

    I did not realize all you are going through and I'm deeply sorry for your pain and loss. You have been through much in the past few days. I am praying for you and will continue to do so. Find peace in God and rest in his arms.
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LINDA! 8/22/2010 7:42PM

    Oh Willow, I am so sorry. You are grieving your dear friend just at the very time that you are undergoing the medical tests. I pray for you. I pray that you get the results soon. I am also keeping Barbara's family in prayer.

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LINDEE6 8/22/2010 7:40PM

    You and your friend Barbara's family are in my prayers!

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SHASTA11 8/22/2010 7:35PM

    You know how happy I am that you are home and I'm praying you will get your appts soon and be well enough to attend you son's wedding. Of course I know you're intent on that.

Also, prayers to you and Barbara's family.

We need you here with us so give those drs what for and be well enough for the b surgery.

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THIAGRAM 8/22/2010 7:26PM

  I know the power of prayer! May God bless you as you exercise your faith in Him! He will be there for you! I'll ask a prayer for you and Barb's family and those who were in the accidents today!

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TRUELOU 8/22/2010 7:25PM

    Continued prayers dear friend.
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BRATS4 8/22/2010 7:13PM

    i'm praying

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SUZAN14 8/22/2010 7:10PM

    Prayers coming your way, and continued prayer for your improving health. Also prayers for Barbara and her family.

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MARTHAWILL 8/22/2010 7:05PM

    HI Willow. Prayers from a stranger coming your way. Hope peace will find you and Barb's family.
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I'm sad...

Friday, August 06, 2010

I just learned early today that one of my best friends for over 20 years won't be with us much longer. We met when our sons were taking karate lessons (8 years old). She had a stroke a few years ago, made a remarkable recovery. Heart problems started later. She had a pacemaker put in at Cleveland Clinic just a few weeks ago. No one expected her to go downhll so fast.

I'll be away this weekend, but plan to visit her on Monday. She should be home from the hospital then. Please keep Barbara and her family in your prayers. Thanks.

  
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GRAMTOTWO 8/8/2010 9:56AM

    Sorry to hear about your friend. Sending prayers to Barbara and her family.

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    Barbara is in my prayers. I am so sorry. emoticon

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DAWNO64 8/7/2010 4:57PM

    I'm sorry you're going through this. Hang in there.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/7/2010 9:56AM

    oh Willow, prayers are coming for you and your friend. I know your support is a comfort to her! I will keep you both on my list...
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RAINBOWFALLS 8/7/2010 9:12AM

    I'm sorry to hear of your friends illness. Take care of yourself as you go through this sad time.

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LRKNOBS 8/7/2010 8:25AM

    I will keep Barbara, her family and YOU in thought and prayer!
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CAMELA_55 8/6/2010 10:34PM

    I'm so sorry. I'm praying

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SPYDERMAMA 8/6/2010 8:23PM

    You and your friend are in my prayers, God Bless.

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DENI_ZEN 8/6/2010 8:04PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dear friend, Willow. You'll both remain in my thoughts. - Sandi emoticon

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MRS_LOOMIS 8/6/2010 8:01PM

    so sorry

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URBANLOTUS 8/6/2010 7:06PM

    It is so hard to face the loss of a good friend this way. I'll pray for the Lord's will to be done for Barbara and that He will end you and Barbara's family comfort in your sorrow. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/6/2010 7:06PM

    Willow, I'm so very sorry.
Count me in for sending prayers up for Barbara and her family.
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EVLOBOS310 8/6/2010 6:45PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend, you're both in my thoughts.

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MS5835 8/6/2010 6:00PM

    So very sorry about your friend........I will keep you both in my thoughts

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HAPPYONE331 8/6/2010 5:42PM

    So very sorry about your friend, will pray for a good outcome.

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IAM_HIS2 8/6/2010 5:37PM

    Barbara, I am so sorry. But remember, God is in control. Prayers and your friend's will to live can make those doctors wrong.

I am so happy you will be able to see her, to encourage her and give her the priceless gift or your friendship. My prayers are with you both. Our God is an awesome God and He will do what is best for your friend, because He loves her so much.

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7777BEV 8/6/2010 5:33PM

    So very sorry - how sad and heart breaking. You, your friend and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God's peace be with you and Barbara.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/6/2010 4:07PM

    I'm so sorry. My prayers are with your friend and you too.

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L*I*T*A* 8/6/2010 3:55PM

    will keep her in my thoughts and prayers........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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TRUELOU 8/6/2010 3:46PM

    So sorry, will keep you both in my prayers.
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GINA-GMB 8/6/2010 3:37PM

    Your friend Barbara will be in my thoughts and prayers as will you. I hope she remains as comfortable as possible and you have a nice visit with her.

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GINA-GMB 8/6/2010 3:37PM

    Your friend Barbara will be in my thoughts and prayers as will you. I hope she remains as comfortable as possible and you have a nice visit with her.

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GINA-GMB 8/6/2010 3:37PM

    Your friend Barbara will be in my thoughts and prayers as will you. I hope she remains as comfortable as possible and you have a nice visit with her.

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THENEWCINDY 8/6/2010 3:30PM

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SHASTA11 8/6/2010 3:18PM

    I'm truly sorry to hear of Barbara's heart problem. What a shock.

I don't know what to say that would help, except that I will be praying extra hard for Barbara and her family and of course you.

Give her my love.

Hugs, Joan

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2CATS2LOVE1 8/6/2010 3:05PM

    So sorry to hear this news of your friend, Barbara. Know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in knowing how much others care.
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JAMER123 8/6/2010 3:01PM

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Please know that she and her family are in my prayers as well as you and your family. It is so very hard to say goodbye even if you know passing is just around the corner. God blessing to all of you.

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