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  1. Maybe you could stress that while no cancer, including lung cancer, is 100% preventable there are steps we can take in our lives to be healthier and reduce our risk? You could talk about how important it is to be aware of lung cancer symptoms and take them seriously regardless of your smoking history, radon exposure, etc. I see your dilema. Good luck!
  2. We are always here for you, Katie. God knows, you are always here for us! I know it isn't the same but we are here. Please reach out when you need to. Jill
  3. I understand, Katie. As you probably know from my past posts, my family always has a big gathering around the date of Mom's passing. It might not be the exact day but it is usually right around the date. I am not sure how long we will continue doing this. It will be 4 years tomorrow that we lost my mom. I know that I am so greatful for the family that comes every year to not only remember Mom but also to celebrate life. I think the day would be so much harder if we didn't acknowledge it. However, (and this is just the way my family is), if the celebration isn't on the exact day, we don't call each other on that day as well. We have the big get together and that is our moment in time to acknowledge that we all miss her and loved her. My family has never been comfortable in talking about our feelings and emotions. This is one of the reason why I appreciate LCSC so much. It is a place for me to express my emotions without feeling like I am bringing my family down or re-opening wounds for them.
  4. I have no doubt you were a great friend to her. You were lucky to have each other. I am sure she felt just as blessed to have you in her life as you did to have her in yours.
  5. wondermom

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    I am so sorry. It has to be so difficult to retrace those steps time and time again. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
  6. So sorry for your loss.
  7. wondermom

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    Thanks Judy. Prayers to you and your family as well. I am sorry you are also going through rough times. Jill
  8. wondermom

    What else?

    Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. I am relieved to report that both family members are going to be ok. My cousin's wife had a small brain bleed, fractured skull and a bruised lung. A follow up scan shows the bleeding has stopped and that she will be ok. She doesn't feel ok by any stretch of the imagination though and will be in the hospital until she can keep food down and her headache goes away. She is on morphine and it isn't even really touching the pain. She gets migraines and is telling the doctors the pain is worse than her migraines... But thank God she will eventually be back to herself. My sister is sore but ok. So scary though. Seeing those two laying on the ground motionless was terrifying. Sometimes I feel like there is a dark cloud over our family. It needs to move on already! Sunny days ahead.
  9. wondermom

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    We got together today, as we do every year around this time, to celebrate my mom's life. The entire family comes to spend time together. What started as a beautiful day ended with two people in the ER. One being air lifted to the hospital. My sister was leading my cousin's wife on our horse when the horse took off running. My sister pretty much got plowed down by the horse and by cousin's wife fell off and hit her head so hard that she fractured her skull and has a brain bleed. We had 3 ambulances, police, fire dept. and a helicoptor show up. My sister went to the local hospital to get a scan (which showed up clear) and some stitches in her chin. My cousin's wife is still in the hospital and will have further scans tomorrow to keep an eye on the bleed. I am terrified for her. She doesn't remember the incident at all. I just pray that she will be ok. This family cannot take any more heartache and I am so tired of hearing our family's story on the news. Please pray for my cousin's wife. That she heal fast and the bleed stops. Please pray for my dad too who feels responsible and is beside himself with worry. Jill
  10. Hi Sally, I am so sorry for all you are going through. It is so hard to know what to do sometimes. I know when my mom was sick, I felt the same way. I would have done anything to make her smile, to get her to eat, etc. I just wanted to go back to our life before lung cancer. Someone here once told me to not feel regret because everything I did, I did out of love for my mom. That was some of the best advice I ever received. It sounds like you are doing everything you can for your mom. I wish I had better advice for you but I just wanted you to know that you are not alone in your feelings. Jill
  11. This is a great topic, Katie. When Mom was sick, I never wanted to do anything fun for myself. I thought that I couldn't or shouldn't enjoy anything knowing how much Mom was suffering. Then after she passed, I still felt the same way. I had a hard time enjoying even my own family and children because I kept thinking about how miserable my dad was. Such a difficult thing to get through.
  12. Is it too late for me to reply?! I am still here! I check in but not as often as I probably should. I feel that the people here are part of my family and I should definately check in more often with family! We are doing ok...Mom has been gone for nearly 4 years. Is that possible? We are planning our 4th annual family gathering at my dad's home. We get together every year around the time of her passing to just be together and celebrate life. We know that Mom would want us to go on living and I always picture her smiling down on us all, esp. Dad as he gives all the little kiddos a hay ride. Sadly, my mom's brother recently passed away from tragic circumstances so there will be another void that day but we will all be there together so that helps. I certainly treasure my LCSC family and speak of you often to family and friends. The support here is valued so much by so many.
  13. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/07/2 ... bass-lake/ http://www.kare11.com/news/article/9317 ... oon-mishap This is a link to the story and a few pictures of the family.
  14. Thank you. I think we are all still in shock. It is so sad. They tried for so long to have children and finally ended up adopting 2 from Russia. They were going through the adoption process when Mom was sick. They recently moved from the cities and were excited to start their new life in the country.
  15. Last night my uncle (Mom's brother) died trying to save his 6 year old son. He had fallen or jumped off of their pontoon and my uncle went in after him. Neither were wearing life jackets. They were the only two on the pontoon. My aunt and their daughter were at the house when the 6 year old boy went running up saying, "I didn't want to wear my life jacket and daddy saved me." I am heartbroken for my grandmother. She is devastated. She had 4 children. One died when she was in first grade when she was run over by the school bus, then she lost my mom to lung cancer, then she lost my grandpa to lymphoma and now her son to this tragic accident. I am going to see her tomorrow and I don't even know what to do or say to her. How do you get past losing 3 children? I know this is a bit off topic as he did not pass from LC so I apologize if this post is misplaced. I am just shocked right now at the cruelty of life.
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