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Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA

0 posted 12-20-2008 10:31 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Hello Dear Friends,
I appologize for not being much of a presence here on Passions but the past year and a half has been a hetic one for me.

As most of you know, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in Sept. of 2007 and underwent major surgery to remove several tumors and her spleen and has been undergoing chemo since then. I thank you all for your prayers concerning this but am sorry to say we are still undertaking this long road. A week ago she went for her chemo and they would not do it as her CA 125 ( the cancer marker in blood ) was elevated for the first time in 6 months. They repeated the test on the chance that it was a fluke and the test came back even more elevated so they are doing a MRI of the brain, a bone scan, and a total body CAT scan to see if the cancer has returned and where.
My own mother had major back surger in June of this year and ended up with MRSA down to the bone which required her to go back in 2 more times to have the wound opened and cleaned. She spent several months in a nursing home and although she is home now she is unable to get around much and has lost all control of her bowel and bladder. Since she and my father, who is 82 and in the early stages of alzehiemers, live alone I've been spending a lot of time helping them out.
Rodger and I are both doing well and continue to work and are planning a cruise with my sister and her husband and my brother in April. I've written very little in the past year but hope that changes soon. I miss you all and want to wish a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

I am nothing special...and my name will soon be forgotten,but I've loved another with all my heart and soul,and to me,this has always been enough.~N.S

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Member Rara Avis
since 01-27-2008
Posts 9055
Lumpy oatmeal makes me crazy!

1 posted 12-20-2008 10:43 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison


While I don't claim to know you, I do miss you and your poetry.  

I wish you and yours a beautiful Christmas.  My thoughts continue to head your way and wish the best of health to all that you love.

Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA

2 posted 12-21-2008 12:01 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ruth, you are always a presence even when you're not present. Your poetry speaks for you and you'll always be a pillar of PIP.

At least your parents have an angel in their corner. Do what needs to be done and we'll be here when you return. We have no life!

thanks for the update, dear lady....Merry Christmas!
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Member Patricius
since 09-10-2001
Posts 10765
United States

3 posted 12-21-2008 12:53 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

How fortunate your parents are to have such a faithful daughter. I cannot imagine the challenges you are handling. Thank you for the update. It's nice you have the cruise to look forward to. I pray you all find much strength, courage and peace ahead. And for your family I pray for healing.
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Member Laureate
since 03-07-2001
Posts 19652
British Columbia, Canada

4 posted 12-21-2008 01:16 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well Michael send it all Ruth, but don't run yourself into the ground either if you can help it.  What you are doing is wonderful but I know from experience it can drain the life from you if you let it, so balance it out.  Looks like you are - a cruise will be wonderful!  I can remember you on a another sailing vessel with a writing pad in hand, and what came from that voyage was wonderful.  The very best to you, Roger, and your family this time of year, and always.  Love, Sharon
Member Laureate
since 10-29-2000
Posts 19275
Between the Lines

5 posted 12-21-2008 07:43 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Ruth I understand and can sympathize with the past year ~~ wishing and praying that  this holiday season and next year bring comfort and a healthier one to you and your family.

Member Rara Avis
since 02-22-2002
Posts 9456
Michigan, USA

6 posted 12-21-2008 11:19 AM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Hugs and prayers for you and your family Ruth.  Have a memorable Christmas.
Member Caelestus
since 06-25-99
Posts 67715
Listening to every heart

7 posted 12-21-2008 01:30 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Christmas hugs and New Year kisses, sweetie. We've missed you, but as has been said above, you've left a pillar of poetic poems that continues to be a major part of PiP's foundation.

May prayers and love look after you and yours.


Oklahoma Rose
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since 02-28-2008
Posts 1585
Oklahoma USA

8 posted 12-21-2008 03:36 PM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

Oh my, Ruth! You have sure had your share of problems. I am so sorry. I hope things get better for you soon. I wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Member Rara Avis
since 11-07-2005
Posts 8424
Durban, South Africa

9 posted 12-21-2008 04:38 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

To one owl from another

My prayers for your continued strength.  Thank you for being such a wonderful daughter and daughter-in-law.  As others said above, all of that love and concern and active caring must be extremely draining.  I, too, am glad that you have a cruise to look forward to - a very relaxing, calming, harmonius kind of break.

May you and all of your extended family have the best Christmas possible.

From one owl to another
- Owl
Earth Angel
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since 08-27-2002
Posts 40647
Realms of Light

10 posted 12-21-2008 08:47 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Ruth, it would appear that you and your loved ones have gone through the wringer one too many times! Thank you for up-dating us on all that has been transpiring. God bless you all and Darlin' ~ you deserve that holiday in April!!! You are always doing for everybody else but an 'angel' cannot give from a cup that must be running out of juice. May your cup runneth over next April!

Sending love and healing hugs to all,

Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

11 posted 12-21-2008 10:49 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Hello dear lady,
You've been a busy one for sure.  How grateful you both  must be to be able to share this Christmas with Mom.  With loving care like yours, how could it not be.  Happy holidays to you and yours, and God Bless - Love ya, Nan

Roniece Dawson-Bruce
Member Ascendant
since 01-29-2000
Posts 5694
Sydney, Australia

12 posted 12-26-2008 08:01 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

Hello lovely Ruth... just wishing you Happy Holidays and much love from me... down under

  RDB xx

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Titia Geertman
Member Ascendant
since 05-07-2001
Posts 5297

13 posted 12-26-2008 08:37 PM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

Hello Ruth, so sorry to hear all that. I haven't been on very often as well, so I missed a lot I guess. I truly hope that 2009 will be a better year for all of you.
I'll keep you and yours in my thoughts.
Merry Christmas to you too my friend.


Like scattered words will flow

Elizabeth Santos
Member Rara Avis
since 11-08-1999
Posts 9405

14 posted 01-07-2009 09:56 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I've got your wonderful book any time I need a Hoot fix, so don't worry if you're not writing. But I do hope you continue to write of your life experiences. IN that area, you have a gold mine of material.
Love you
Take care
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