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  1. My name is David Franklin. I am Karen Hoover's eldest son. I wanted to let everyone here know that Mom passed away yesterday at 12 noon. It was a shock to each of us as Mom had been doing so well. I am not sure how much detail I should give, so I will explain why Mom passed at the end of the post for those who wish to know. I wish each of you know the sense of community and camaraderie Mom found in the forums here. You were all special to her, and she would often talk of her friends here at LCSC. The comfort and information she found here helped her deal with her disease, and she was thankful to have found you. Her passing was peaceful. I will provide more detail here now for those who wish it as I know you share this information with one another. Mom had coughed up some small amout of blood Tuesday, and was admitted to the hospital. There was concern the cancer had returned thus several test were scheduled, including a Bronchostophy (sp?). During the Bronchostophy Mom began to hemmorage, and they were unable to stop the bleeding. She went into cardiac arrest, and they were not able to revive her. The doctor explained that the cancer appears to have eroded her pulmonary artery, and it was ready to go at any moment. While we are shocked to lose her so suddenly and unexpectedly, we have some comfort in knowing that Mom went to sleep with the sedation with the full expectation to wake to a Sonic burger in her hospital bed, and a nice big Chili's ribeye when she got out of the hospital. We find comfort that she died with such pleasant thoughts, and did not have the artery burst while at home, etc... Again thanks for the support and comfort you provided. Mom really loved all of you for it. Anyone close wishing to speak with a family member can write me, DavidWFranklin@gmail.com Sincerely, David
  2. I will always remember you as our "Happy Dancer!"
  3. appleton

    Still a NERD!

    So happy for you!
  4. Doug,Jen and others dealing with smoking, My mom tried to quit smoking after dx. but gave in ...it was her way to cope and she did not want to try anymore.....she smoked til her death.I was not mad at her, did not try to get her to stop, she had enough problems without me harping at her. I was able to quit once for three years but started again when family problems hit too hard. And I was able to quit after dx........how,I don`t know, it just happened. I would never put any one down for smoking......no one should judge you! For those who have never smoked....(I wish I had never started) you can`t imagine how hard it can be to try to stop and for those who do stop, to stay stopped. I don`t want to smoke and I am not having trouble w/it at this time but,I can`t say it will never ever happen. For those who have quit and judge others.... SHAME ON YOU! You never know what might happen in your life to make you go back to that old friend to help you get by! Karen
  5. Mrsmanny, So glad you have an answer. Wishing for the best and do come back often and keep us posted......we care.
  6. appleton


    Frank and Connie, Hoping for the very best for you and that you will be home by the weekend.
  7. Sorry........put this in the wrong forum and don`t know how to move it. Thank you Justakid, Cindi o`h and Frank for your info.
  8. Have had a problem w/ coughing for several months. Has gotten to the point of losing much needed sleep. Have tried to sleep sitting up, no good. Have had to stop and park the car just to get over a fit of coughing that last for 3 or 4 minutes. There have been times that I thought I was going to pass out because I couldn`t catch my breath. My pulmonolgist started me on prednisone. The 4th day I was starting to do better......but as the dosage went down every 5 days, the coughing started to get bad again. Still trying it hoping it will help.....I`m so tired of this. Question: Has prednisone helped any of you?
  9. Too Funny.........made my day.
  10. Welcome, Stacia, I`m kinda in the same boat.......read my sig. below. I doing alright! Please come back and keep us posted. Karen
  11. Betty, Thinking of you and wishing that all gets better, ASAP! Karen
  12. Enjoyed the web site......never met a cat that I didn`t fall in love with. Look forward to watching Luna growing up.
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