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I'm taking liberty to share this news.

I heard from Diane's husband today. He answered an email that I sent to Diane, concerned that I had not heard from her.

Well, she had a STROKE on Feb 1 and is still in the hospital. She was unconscious until a few days ago and her left side is effected. This on top of advancing cancer.

Please keep her in your prayers.

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I was so sorry to hear this news. I remember Diane's post a little while back and she was sounding pretty low. Loving thoughts to her.

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Thank you for sharing the news, even though it is so sad. I will keep Diane in my prayers - she has gone through so much - and now this on top of everything else.
Helen

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I have been thinking about Diane for so long hoping to hear something fom her. I'm so sorry to hear that she had a stroke. How sad for her and her family. They will definitely remain in my prayers. Diane has been through so much, and shared so much with us.

paris11
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My heart breaks for you and your family.

Prayers from all continue.

Connie

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Oh my. I was wondering why I hadn't seen any of her posts lately. Thanks Diane for letting us know. We will keep her in our prayers.

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Oh no, will keep her in my thoughts prayers!!

Thanks Mary Ann~

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Thank you for sharing this info Mary Ann. I have been wondering how she was doing since it had been a while since she posted. It is concerning if this is related to cancer as opposed to other health issues, as Ro has noted, blood clots seem to be an issue for us. My thoughts go out to her and her family as they deal with this added burden.
Annie

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I too was hoping she was offline For a healthy reason,and am saddened by the news.
Warmest regards and prayers to her and her family,
Sara

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Thank you Mary Ann for letting us know. I had wondered about her and had not seen any posts. She has been through so much. I will certainly keep her and her family in my prayers.

Cindy Bear
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very sorry and saddened to hear this. Sending big hugs and prayers Diane's way. She's a special lady .
Thanks for letting us know Mary Ann

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Thank you for checking on her and letting us know, MaryAnn. If you hear again from her husband, please let him know we're all praying for her and sending hope and hugs.

Suzanne

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Diane has been already in my prayers, and she will continue.
God bless her family.

Pat51
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I am sorry to hear such sad news about Diane. Please tell her and her family that they are in my prayers.

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MaryAnn,

So sorry to hear this terrible news about Diane...She has been through so much...

Lifting her up in thoughts and prayers. I HATE this disease even more today than yesterday....

Please keep us posted....

Laurie

p.s. is there an address where we can send cards?

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Laurie, I gave her husband the link to this thread so each entry is like a card to Diane.

You have all been very thoughtful and loving. I'm sure Diane and her husband feel the love and prayers you are sending.

Mary Ann

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So happy her husband has the link. Hopefully when she is well enough he can share our posts with her.

We love you Diane.....

Laurie

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Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy

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Oh Diane, Asi if having cancer wasn't enough! My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family during this difficult time. Susan

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Just got this from Diane's husband, Jim. Please read info about blood clots and recommended medication. I am heartsick. Please pray for Diane and her family....
Mary Ann

"The stroke on top of the cancer has really put Diane in a rough spot. She is still unable to move her right arm or leg and she is very weak. She is not strong enough to tolerate aggressive physical therapy for the stroke or any more chemotherapy. We brought her home from the hospital last Friday and she is on hospice care now. Her speech is pretty good and she enjoys visitors.

"Thank you for sending the link to the blog page where Diane’s online friends have posted messages to her. It does help to know what so many people are keeping her in their prayers. One thing that you might pass on to the ladies on the blog is to be very careful of the potential for strokes. Cancer patients in general are at higher risk of stroke. Diane had a pulmonary embolism several months ago and was taking Warfarin to decrease the risk of stroke but it didn’t work. The neurosurgeon that operated on Diane to try to clear the clot in her brain told me that he thinks that all cancer patients who are on blood thinners should be using Lovenox instead of Warfarin. If any of the ladies are taking Warfarin, they might consider talking to their doctor about Lovenox. It’s much more expensive than Warfarin and must be administered by injection instead of by taking a pill. However, Lovenox is much easier to regulate than Warfarin; it does not require frequent blood checks to determine if the therapeutic levels are OK; it does not impose the dietary restrictions that Warfarin does; and it apparently works better than Warfarin in cancer patients.

"Regards,
Jim "

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This breaks my heart...interesting information on blood thinners as did know when in treatments at higher risk for blood clots. My doc never suggested Lovenox, as had me on warfarin.

Ms. Diane will be in my prayers continually...
Jan

paris11
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Dear Diane,

I think of your beautiful face and your beautiful heart and your deep love for Jim and your family. I am so very sorry that you are having such a difficult time. You are so strong and you live with such grace and dignity.

I continue to ask God to watch over you.

My love,

Connie

paris11
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Dear Diane,

I think of your beautiful face and your beautiful heart and your deep love for Jim and your family. I am so very sorry that you are having such a difficult time. You are so strong and you live with such grace and dignity.

I continue to ask God to watch over you.

My love,

Connie

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Thank you Mary Ann for sharing this update. Diane's situation has been on my mind and I was concerned about her being able to manage any further treatment. My heart goes out to Diane and her family as they deal with this unfortunate turn of events. And how thoughtful of Jim to share the blood clot risks and treatment info of which many of us need to mindful.
Annie

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It heartens me to learn that you are able to enjoy visitors and are hearing how much people are sending wishes of hope and healing your way. How very thoughtful of your husband to take time to reach out to us with information that could save one of us going through what you have. It is very much appreciated.

You are as always in my heart and thoughts.

Love, your friend,

Claudia

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We're so stricken to hear of this new crisis--and hope you are relatively comfortable and not in much pain.
Thank goodness you can have visitors!

Think of us as perpetual visitors: always wanting to peek in and know how you're doing, ever eavesdropping because we care.

Love,
Rosey

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Thank you Mary Ann for sharing this info. I imagine Diane you are relieved to be home in the care of your family and hospice team even with all that you are facing since the stroke. Love and good wishes to you both. Thank you Jim for sharing the information about Lovenox. You are very kind to be thinking of others when you have your hands full with your family. As Rosey said we too are visiting with Diane in this virtual world of our support community. Thinking of you at this tough but very special time, Georgia

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I echo the comments of so many supporters who have posted on this board. Diane, I remember you so clearly several years ago when I "signed on" to this journey. Your posts were so calm, informative and sincere. I love your picture that you had posted here....you had such a peaceful look about you.

I know you are busy sharing so many wonderful memories with your family...and I know Jim is keeping you under his watchful, caring eye.

Thinking of all of you!

Karen

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You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Diane, I am glad that you are home and with your family and hope you will regain your strength.

Kathy

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You and your family remain in my prayers. I pray that you get a little stronger each day. You have always been an inspiration for me. Hope you can enjoy your family and visitors. In peace and caring.

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Hi Diane,
I haven't checked in for awhile but was so sorry to hear of your troubles. You are such a sweet person. I have followed your blog on this board and you certainly have been an inspiration to me.

You and your family remain in my prayers. May you enjoy your visits with family and visitors and know you are in our thoughts & prayers each day.

Becky

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Hi all,

I just talked to Diane's husband, Jim, and he said "things are going downhill". Diane is in pain (he thinks from ascites) and can't communicate (I assume from stroke).

I'm so sad. Diane is a beautiful person who fought the best fight any of us could. I just hope she gets comfortable and the family is comforted. Please continue prayers for our UPSC sister who is already an angel.

With sorrow, Mary Ann

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Hi all,

I just talked to Diane's husband, Jim, and he said "things are going downhill". Diane has ascites quite bad, is in pain (he thinks from ascites) and can't communicate (I assume from stroke).

I'm so sad. Diane is a beautiful person who fought the best fight any of us could. I just hope she gets comfortable and the family is comforted. Please continue prayers for our UPSC sister who is already an angel.

With sorrow, Mary Ann

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Thank you again, Mary Ann, for keeping us updated on Diane, although sad news it is. I do hope she can be medicated to allow her to rest comfortably and find some peacefulness. She fought this disease with such major efforts and showed her innate strength - her HIPEC surgery comes to mind. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. Let her get her angel wings gently and without pain.
Annie

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I hope that hospice can help with the pain management. You and your family remain in my prayers. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you. You have been one of our true warriors. Sending you a huge cyber hug.

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It is always with great sadness to hear that one of our sister's is not doing well. My wish is that Diane will be free of pain and rest peacefully in the comfort of all of the love surrounding her from her family and friends.

A real trooper, indeed!

In sadness....Karen

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to Diane and her family at this difficult time.

Suzanne

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I can't add much more than the thoughts that have already been shared. I hope the hospital can make Diane comfortable and support her and her family through this.
In my prayers
Helen

barbakamom
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I am so sorry to hear about Diane. I appreciated her encourgagment, courage, and wisdom while facing this horrible disease. The way she reached out to others was inspiring to me, and she made a big difference in my ability to cope with my own disease.

Thank you, Diane - you are a beautiful songflower indeed.
Barbara

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