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It is with such a heavy heart and through so many tears that I share with you that my precious husband and best friend, Paul, passed away last Friday, Jan. 25, at our home. Now I know what a broken heart feels like. Besides me, Paul leaves behind his 2 older children by his first marriage, and our 2 teenaged boys, who miss their dad so much already. Paul was diagnosed May 24, 2001. I found this board, which I think is a Godsend, on June 1. I have read every post from that day on and have also read all of the bios. I honestly would not have gotten through this whole ordeal if not for all of you and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Because of you, I knew to watch for blood clots (which we did deal with)and ask for enzymes (which the oncologist never mentioned). You taught me about Fred's vitamins, various chemo treatments, what to do about hiccups, ascities, and countless things that in my foggy state, I'm not recalling right now. The emotional support that I received here was amazing. I also need to thank those of you who have recommended the book, Final Gifts. If I had not read the book, I would have been very afraid of what was going on a few hours before Paul's passing. Because of the book, I understood that the people on the ceiling that he was talking to were his angels, who came to get him. And now I know that when my time comes, he will be the angel to come for me. Paul fought his battle with this beast with everything he had and was truly an inspiration to those around him. I am a much better person for having known him. As I had read at Paul's memorial service on Mon., 'Paul was my best friend for 18 years. For the last 8 months, he was also my hero'.
I will continue to read the posts on this side of the board, and will be cheering for all of those who are fighting. I pray that your loved one is the one who beats this beast.
I thank all of you again for being there for Paul and I. You have truly become my family and I love all of you.
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