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Old Oct 31 2008, 02:06 AM   #1
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October 30, 2008


The doctors gave her six months more to live.
But she had faith and so much love to give;
Things to see and so much more to do
Six months they said, in nineteen seventy-two.

"Experimental" treatments saved her then,
But one year later Hodgkins came again.
Determinedly, she rose to face the fight
And promised loved ones she would be all right.

More treatments. More surgery. More pain.
I don't think I ever once heard her complain.
She had a purpose, she had family!
She had things to do; a future she must see.

Then on and on she journeyed; years and years
Of joys and hopes and love and yes, some tears.
With quiet confidence she made her way
Through her good life. At least until today.

I know she wouldn't want me to be sad.
So rich and full was the life that she had.
I close my eyes and see her in the sun,
Waves splashing on her hair, and chewing gum.

I see her tramping through a heavy snow
And playing paper-dolls! So long ago,
And yet to me it seems just yesterday
When as a bride our Dad gave her away.

My little-big sis; that's what I used to call her.
I was so very proud when I grew taller!
But I still looked up to her, and always knew
She was one friend who'd be forever true.

Her spirit and her kindness and her grace
Grew stronger with each trial that she faced.
And in this one way she'll always stand alone:
The bravest person I have ever known.
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Old Oct 31 2008, 04:16 AM   #2
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Oh Sandi!!!

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Old Oct 31 2008, 04:40 AM   #3
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please excuse me while I just go quietly into a corner
and have a tissue or 2,
well maybe to stop a tear or 2,
thinking of your sister and wishing that I knew her better!
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Old Oct 31 2008, 05:10 AM   #4
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Even for one that never even knew her it's clear that this comes right from the heart, Sandi. And what a fight...
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Old Oct 31 2008, 09:39 AM   #5
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wow I going to go hide in the ladies room and have a good cry.
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Old Oct 31 2008, 10:25 AM   #6
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P.S. forgot to add my prayers for the whole family!
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Old Oct 31 2008, 11:18 AM   #7
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Sandi -

What a beautiful tribute to your marvellous sister. I am so sorry to hear that she has gone, but what a fighter! What an inspiration to you, to all her family, and to all of us. Bless you in this terribly hard time. And thank you for opening your wounded heart for us to see a glimpse of such a wonderful person through your eyes.

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Old Oct 31 2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your kindness and understanding. I got the news last night and I couldn't sleep without finding some outlet. I was afraid that in the morning light it would seem trite and trivial.

Again, thank you all.
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Old Oct 31 2008, 05:23 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your kindness and understanding. I got the news last night and I couldn't sleep without finding some outlet. I was afraid that in the morning light it would seem trite and trivial.

Again, thank you all.
(((Sandi))) Never trite and trivial!
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Old Oct 31 2008, 11:30 PM   #10
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Oh, Sandi! I'm so sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!!
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Old Nov 1 2008, 12:10 AM   #11
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Sandi my dear friend...I am so sorry for your loss.



To have known such an incredible person, is truly a gift.
Your poem speaks so openly of the deap and abiding love you
have shared with, and will always have for your sister.
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Old Nov 2 2008, 03:37 PM   #12
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Oh Sandi!! I agree with the others- I am so sorry to hear about your sister, but the time that you had with her was a special and treasured gift.
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Old Nov 2 2008, 04:30 PM   #13
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Prayers sent to you and your family in this time of need. Cherish the memories they are what keep us connected with those we'll miss.
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Old Nov 2 2008, 08:36 PM   #14
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The funeral was today. Thanks again for all the support and understanding. It really does help.
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Old Nov 2 2008, 09:30 PM   #15
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Sandi, that was a beautiful tribute... and I am sitting here crying for the love and admiration it shows to a truly strong lady.

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Old Nov 3 2008, 03:22 AM   #16
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Oh Sandi!!!

That is wonderful.
That was nice, how sad to hear.

She sound like one great gal!

Our hugs, from DJ, and I

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When you reach your breaking point, recall those memories.
They are there behind you, encouraging you forward in life.

It maybe hard to do, but you can do it.
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Old Nov 3 2008, 07:48 AM   #17
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((((((Anytime, Sandi, anytime))))))
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Old Nov 3 2008, 08:36 AM   #18
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Sandi, I'm so sorry. That was a lovely tribute to your sister.
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*hugs* Thinking of you, Sandi, and your wonderful, special sister. Your tribute to her was eloquent and so moving. My condolences to you and your family.
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Sandi your tribute to your sister is wonderful! My prayers go out to you and your family and I'm sorry for your loss. She sounds like a very lovely, spirited and strong woman. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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Old Nov 4 2008, 01:20 PM   #24
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I am overwhelmed by all your kindnesses. I wish you all could have known my sister. She was an Anne fan but never really liked the internet. So many times a day I see or hear something and my first thought is "oh I must tell her about this!" but then, no. I don't mean to be maudlin but even though we were several hundred miles apart we were always very close. I know I will miss her for a long time. I know that eventually all the good memories we shared will outweigh the sadness I'm feeling now. We all know these things but it's still hard. But one enormous help is the kindness and goodwill of friends such as you here at MoM.

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Sandi{{{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}}...know that we are all with you in our thoughts and that we would gladly surround you with caring hugs if we could today.
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Sandi the poem was very beautiful and heartfelt.
I am sorry for your loss. I am glad you got to visit her earlier this year. I will keep you and the family in my thoughts.
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Old Nov 7 2008, 07:53 PM   #27
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I love MoM and I am warmed by all the kindness you all have shown me. I posted the poem because I just couldn't come out and say in so many words what had happened. And Maw, you're so right. I'm so glad we got to have that one last time together, even if it was in a hospital. Obviously, we all knew what was going to happen, but knowing something like this is coming doesn't really diminish the sense of loss when it does. But I am glad that she is no longer suffering. And I am very glad to have such good friends here.
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