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BS: alison needs your good thoughts

Bill D 15 Mar 11 - 07:54 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 07:54 PM

there is no way to ease it all... but Mick knows how to find words that can be something to focus on at the bad times.

There is no way to easily reconcile the thoughts "I don't want him to suffer" and "I don't want to lose him"

Just know that SO many friends care and send all the good wishes possible.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 07:53 PM

I'm very sorry to read this, and I'll keep your family in the Light.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Amergin
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 07:42 PM

Oh god, Alison....I'm sorry to hear this. The hardest thing to do is to make sure a loved one is comfortable and loved while you watch them prepare for their journey. I'm glad you were able to get him home, so you could be with him.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 07:17 PM

You and your family are in my prayers, Alison. Stay strong.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 07:17 PM

I offer all the good thoughts I can think and unlimited virtual hugs. Wish I could do more.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 07:15 PM

Oh, Alison, such hard lessons, esp.for Ryan and Shannon. It is good you were able to get him home. You have my love and support with thanks givings for a peaceful release for Mark and ease of grief for you all.

With much love and compassion and {{{{HUGS}}}},

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 06:58 PM

Fair One, I am aching more than I can describe for you and yours. I would give anything to be of some sort of assistance. The Blessing and the Curse of the internet is that we become close to a world wide community.. When we make friends, often they are far away and all we can offer is our thoughts. I offer you, Mark and the kids my thoughts of love, and of understanding as you walk this part of the trail.

If all of life is a lesson, then we need to understand that lessons and the gaining of wisdom are to prepare us for the next thing. And so it is now. These passages are from Anam Cara by O'Donohue.


Some nights stay up 'til dawn as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket, pulled up the dark way of a well then lifted out into light.
Something opens our wings, something makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us, we taste only sacredness.


and finally to Mark:

May you be peaceful and happy and in the presence of those who really care for you.
May your going be sheltered and your welcome assured.
May your soul smile in the embrace of your anam cara (soul friend)


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Maryrrf
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 06:35 PM

Oh Alison I am so sorry to hear this. I hope that things go as gently as possible for Mark, and that God's grace will help with the healing for everyone. Candles lit.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts (updated)
From: alison
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 06:16 PM

Hi everyone

could really do with some good thoughts again.
unfortunately this time the news isn't so good.

Mark decided to go back to Ireland and see his family in January - while he was there he got very sick and ended up in hospital. He just couldn't keep any food down.

I managed to get him back to Australia - watching him steadily worse - by the time we got to Singapore he was in so much pain he ended up in a wheelchair - got him back to Sydney and within 3 hours he was admitted to hospital again here.

and he has been in hospital every since the end of January.

when they opened him up to try to do the surgery - they found that the cancer had spread to his bowel - so they closed him up again. since then the doctors have tried everything they can think of but it looks like the nerve supply just isn't working for the area below the stomach - hence fluids (that is all he can have) get as far as there, gathers for a while, then he vomits.

now he has a tube draining his stomach contents into a bag.

a few days agao they told him there is nothing more they can do - and are taking down the fluids and he is coming home for me to look after as is his wish. He just wants to get back to the kids for whatever time he has left.

Ryan & Shannon are taking it very hard - and I know it is going to be really difficult to watch their dad get even weaker.

telling them that there was nothing more that could be done is probably the toughest thing I have ever had to do

so please, pray, light candles and do the good stuff you do - I just don't want him to suffer

thanks for listening

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: olddude
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 11:28 AM

Got my prayers my friend !!!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 11:11 AM

fwiw, have a well wish from me. Had some very good times with you on Paltalk...

I really hope it all works out for you both.

with love,

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 09:53 AM

Huzzah!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 09:45 AM

What good news! Every triumph helps to raise the spirits and makes recovery more real.

Good luck with the radiotherapy.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Severn
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 08:31 AM

Congragulations from a survivor and former Chemo Sabe. To see people pull through means a lot to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 08:21 AM

gREAT NEWS!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 07:42 AM

Oh, yes!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Morticia
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 06:09 AM

Hoorah!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 03:51 AM

YAH


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 11:38 PM

thanks for all of your support - keep up the good work

Aw, no, thank YOU for the support you are giving HIM, and YOU keep up the good work.

~Praise


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: alison
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 11:04 PM

just a quick update - in the last scan the tumour is too small to measure, (woo hoo!!!) so the plan is now 5-6 weeks of radiotherapy then surgery (to make sure it can't come back) in Feb.

the docs have not been in this position before - the new treatment is working very well. needless to say everyone is very relieved.

here's hoping mark copes with the radiotherapy as well as he coped with the chemo.

thanks for all of your support - keep up the good work


slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 02:44 AM

What wonderful news, Alison! Wishing you and Mark more of the good stuff floatin around the universe. Sights, sounds, smells that bring good feelings and aid the cleansing of mind, spirit, body.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: skarpi
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 07:05 PM

{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} to you Alison , my problems are just a corn of sand
while people like Mark are fighting real problems ,
I wish you all well , my thougts and a candle for us all :O)

all the best from the north atlantic ocean skarpi Iceland .


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 06:49 PM

Great news, FAIR ONE!!!! You and yours are in my thoughts a great deal as I continue to deal with these gremlins in my own life. I hope you are spending time looking within, and tapping the great well that is within you. With your training, and your heritage, you know full well the power of this.

In the meantime know that we all care very much, and on a personal basis, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 12:39 AM

Alison and Mark,

TBTG!

When the worries hit, just remember-- you still only have one day at a time to handle, and you can definitely do that AND MORE.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 23 Aug 10 - 02:04 AM

Thinking of you both ...from all at the Toongabbie Music Club

AD


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 08:40 PM

HOORAY for the GREAT news!!!! Been thinking about you guys lately...it's a rough road but those glimpses of sunshine, well, it's amazing what they can do for the soul. EXCELLENT NEWS!!! I'm so happy for both of you!

Michelle who finished her chemo 2 months ago


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Alice
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for letting us know about the progress, alison.

Take care.


Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 08:22 PM

Yay!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: sapper82
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 11:12 AM

PHEW!!!
(finger still crossed!!)


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 10:30 AM

Me too, again.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 10:28 AM

Thanks for checking in, Alison, esp. which such good news!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 07:45 AM

What great news! Good thoughts continuing to be sent.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 07:18 AM

yah!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: alison
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 04:21 AM

thanks for the refresh and thanks Sandra for letting me know.

Mark had his check up scan about a week ago - the chemo has shrunk the tumour by 25% which is absolutely fantastic, the doctors and Mark (needless to say) are thrilled............ so the plan is now another 2 months chemo and reassess with a view to surgery.

keep up the good work!

your thoughts, prayers etc are very much appreciated

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 12:33 AM

me too, too

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 21 Aug 10 - 06:02 AM

Me too.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Aug 10 - 11:25 PM

Hey al........Kat's right......We love you! Hope Mark is doing well.......best thoughts and thanks kat for the refresh!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: ClaireBear
Date: 20 Aug 10 - 09:24 PM

Me too, late to the thread though I am. I send strength and love.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Aug 10 - 07:13 PM

Alison, just to let you know you are kept in our thoughts and thanks-givings.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 04:51 PM

There's something wonderful about Jacqui's shawls. They convey what she means in a wonderful way. I have the same sentiments for you and your family, Alison, but don't quite know how to convey them.

But I wish you the best.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: kendall
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 04:45 PM

I don't know how I missed this one! Sending you a large load of love Fair One.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 11:45 AM

Alison, still with you and Mark in prayer.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 01:54 AM

Keep slugging away Aison and Mark! And how about that Jacqui C? Mudcat magic at work again


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 12:42 AM

Jacqui has a great way of sending stealth shawls. And they bring such magic and goodwill with them! There are a couple of other Mudcat crochet and knitting folks, but her hands must just fly over the crochet hook.

You are lucky, and blessed by the Mudcat community. This is very good energy directed your way. If you haven't visited it, you might want to visit LilyFester's cancer and chemo thread. It will bring tears of joy to your eyes. :-)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Alice
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 12:35 AM

Thank you for giving us an update on Mark.

Take care,


Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 12:11 AM

Alison,
As one who has been around this forum possibly as long as you have, just know the vibes are on the way.

Be well,
Art


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: alison
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 12:00 AM

Today I received a mysterious parcel from the USA.

It was a beautiful hand crocheted (quite sure that isn't spelt right)shawl with a note saying that is was a "mudcat hug". I was absolutely blown away.

It is just amazing that someone I have never met, who lives on the other side of the world, would have been so thoughtful about someone else who they barely know ............. its amazing how close a love of music can bring people ........... (Max - it has been said before but this is a great little community you have here)

thank you very much Jacqui.C for your amazing thoughtfulness & kindness.

Mark has finished his first set of chemo - & with a bit of swapping around of drugs he seems to have most of the side effects under control. So he has a week off before the next round.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 02:58 PM

Only just seen this thread. All the very best positive thoughts coming from Nottinghamshire.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 01:29 PM

I have an image of a powerful work of prayer passing thru your deft and experienced hands, Fair One.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Genie
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 02:03 AM

Alison, all my best wishes and most positive energies and visualizations for you and Mark in most difficult of times.

Genie


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