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This is Shana, Donna(Shayennes) daughter. I just wanted to inform you that she passed away this moning. I know she really appreciated you guys,you helped who through a whole lot. I miss her so much and love her so much! Thank you for all the cards! I'm sad she had to go but I'm glad I don't have to see her in pain anymore.


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Your Mom was a wonderful person. We all loved her very much. We have missed her here on the board. She was so proud of all of you + it was clear her family was the most important part of her life. Please always remember how much she was loved + how much she loved all of you. I am so sorry for your loss + I will always remember your Mom. She gave so much comfort, humour + hope to so many here. Thanks for letting us know.

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I'm in shock, my prayers are with your family. Heaven has another angel :'-(

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She will be missed very much. She has touched so many of us in this crazy world.

My life is better because of Donna


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Your Mama had the most beautiful smile and the lovliest personality. She was such a pleasure to know in the short time I have been on this board.

I am heartbroken for your family's loss of such a great Mother, wife, and friend.

Take care girls & love one another. It was so very obvious how much Donna loved you all.


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I cant hardly type I am so $^&%#^ pissed and hurt, why does this have to happen....I miss her....

I wanted to edit this to let you all know how wonderful I think your mother was. I am so very sad today and will be for days to come. She was so important to me and to so many as you can see by all the post. I am a better person for having had the honor of knowing her. I know she loved you all so very much, please know that love will continue even with her being gone. Dont think you kids can get away with things either, if I know your mom she will be watching...*SMILE*

Take care, God Bless you all


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Words cannot say how much your mom meant to so many people on this board!

She is no longer in pain, and flies with the angels now.

Godspeed Donna, till we meet again.


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Like she did for so many others, your mother helped me too...Donna taught me that one can live with a bag and I will forever be grateful.....(This is the worst part of this web site)....steve

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Dear Shana,

I'm at a loss for words, as I'm in shock to read this. I'm so very sorry you've had to lose your mom. We've lost someone great on this board, too.
May God bless you and comfort you and your family. As you said, I'm glad the pain stopped, as she's in heaven now.

Hugs of comfort,

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Shana, Chey and family -
I'm so sorry to hear Donna has passed on. She was a tremendous inspiration to all of us here - always upbeat, and cheering everyone on. Donna truly is an angel - she helped so many people sharing good information, but most of all her love of life and family. While I know it will be a relief not to see her in pain anymore, it still is never easy to say goodbye to a special person. You are all in my prayers for strength and peace as you go through the coming days, getting used to life without Donna here on earth with you.

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I am so sorry for you and your family. Donna was an inspiration to all of us here.

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I'm kinda at a loss for words. Your mom meant the world to a lot of us here. Her warm smile and wit. She helped a lot of us when we were new and scared.

Love and prayers to you all. She's out of pain and heaven just gained another wonderful spirit.


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I'm so sorry for your familys loss. Donna was an inspiration to me, as she was always positive. When someone is positive like this, it inspires others in the same situation. I pray for your familys healing. Lori

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She was a fantastic lady and will be very much missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

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I feel exactly like Beth does.

i'm angry, and sick to my stomach opver this. Donna was, and always will be someone very special to me. Peace to you, Shana, and your three sibling, and dad. my heart is truly with you.

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Shana and family:

Thanks for your post to let us know. I just got in from the hospital and logged in and saw this first - I had to sit here a minute and then the reality sank in. Many feelings washing over me right now.

But, I just wanted to say what so many have already said - Donna touched so many lives and all of you in her family were her #1 priority and she loved you very much and told us how much.

It's still shocking and I thought this day would never come. I'll miss her voice and I'll miss her laughter and so many things about her. I know I was better to have known her than not to - she touched me in ways that I will always remember.

So, her Lion roars one more time for her - Donna, I love you!

Sincerest condolences to Wes and her children.

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Shana ..like so many have already posted. Your mother was one of a kind..so special and such an inspiration to us all. I am deeply saddened by her passing. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts. Wish I could do more but know that the wonderful memories you have of the wonderful times you have will always be with you and will give your much joy and happiness. Her pain is now over and you must always remember how hard she fought to stay with you and how very much she loved each of you.
Praying for comfort,

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I am so shocked and feel so sad. Your Mother was a special woman who helped so many people on this board. She loved you and the rest of your family so much. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hate this disease and what it does to families.

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Dear Shana,

Your mother had a spark and a sparkle. She inspired so many of us. I, too, can't believe I won't be seeing her latest words of wisdom.

Yes, she loved her family above all. You know you had a treasure. I'm glad that she's not in pain anymore, that she is no longer burdened by her ailing body.

Wishing you comfort and peace,


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I am just shocked! I am so very sorry for your family's loss. And ours, too.

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my deepest condolences.


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Oh, Shana, I am so very sorry for your loss. I don't really know what to say other than we will all miss her inspirational words and sage advice. My deepest condolences to you and your family. She was a wonderful person, and will be greatly missed by all. God bless, Cynthia

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.... I do not know what to type. My deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family.

I honestly feel that Heaven has a beautiful angel watching over all of us now and even though she has passed she will always be in our hearts. I kind of feel like we all have our own special gaurdian angel that will help give us strength when we need it and pass some prayers on for us.


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My deepest condolences to your family. My heart goes out to all of you. May she rest peacefully.


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We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I was so hopeful that the doctors had something up their sleeve to help her, but, that was not to be.

A special gift you mom gave to everyone on this board, and I do mean everyone, was her gift of friendship. As a newcomer, she made us feel less scared of this disease, always dished out hope and encouragement, and was the first to be happy for someone with good news. Even when her own treatment was not going as well as she would have liked, she was the first to come on the board and tell someone with good news how happy she was for them. That is a true gift, you felt it in her words.

The next few days will be a blur and so very difficult but I hope you will come back to the board and let us know how your family is doing for we care so very much.

George and Tina

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To Donna's Family:

I join you in taking comfort in the fact that Donna is no longer suffering. I know, though, that your family's grief is measureless. I certainly hope you find peace in your memories and in the knowledge that your mother and wife touched so many lives.

From her many posts here, it was clear that Donna possessed extraordinary qualities: true kindness, thoughtfulness and tolerance. Of equal importance, her ebullient personality was a gift that lightened the dark moments that come with a cancer diagnosis for many on this board. In my own case, Donna reached out to me and to my husband during times that were very difficult and I will always keep a memory of her kindness in my heart.

Above all, you should know how very many times her posts, both in bold statements and subtle asides, spoke of her love for and pride in her family.


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I think everyone has pretty much summed it up here how important your Mom is to everyone on this Board. That doesn't help right now with how you all must be feeling as reality sets in, but down the road you will be able to read back here and learn that your Mom was a huge part of this community and helped so many people adjust to their battle with this disease.

I know your family will stick together and get through this very, very, sad time, but know that although your mom's body failed her, her energy and love will always be with you. No one can ever take that away and no one was loved as much by her as you kids were.

Take it one day at a time and celebrate on those days that you feel better... never feel bad because you feel you can smile or have fun with your friends again. Your mom would want that and the sooner you can feel like your old selves and be able to have fun again, the happier she will be to see this happen.

Hugggggs to all of you!


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I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family during this time. I too lost my mom to colon cancer (I am 27) 5 months ago and it was so hard to watch those last few weeks. Your mom is no longer in pain and I'm sure was blessed by the wonderful care your family gave her. She was a wonderful woman who gave so much encouragement to many on this board, including myself when my mom was first diagnosed. You can be proud that you had such a wonderful mom!

Much love and prayers,

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I can't believe Donna is gone. She was an angel on earth and will be in Heaven. We are all so very, very sorry. Sending you, Shana, and your family our sincerest sympathy. Donna was a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

Hugs and Healing,

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It's so so sad to hear this. Donna is an angel to this earth and this board. I really appreciate her help through the posts. She will be truely missed. I hate cancer. it has taken so many wonderful people's lives. Cancer is an evil. I hate it. - Lucy

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My heart goes out to you and your family. She was such a special woman who always had an encouraging word. I, as the others have said, will truly miss her.


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so sorry that your mom passed away she was a wonderful caring person. She loved her family very much and i will miss her


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Dear Shana and Family,

I, like so many others have been truly blessed by your Mom. She has been everything to everyone in so many different situations. She has always spoken straight from her heart and that is what we all need here. What a precious woman. I know how much she loves you all and wanted to always be here for you. I also know that she will continue to live on in our hearts. When you look around you will see her beauty in all that is beautiful, you will feel her presence all around you. She loved you so dearly, she will never really be gone as her memory will always be with you. Another friend in heaven.

I am glad that she is no longer in pain and I hope you can forget the suffering and only remember the good times.

Big Hugs and Prayers,


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Your mother was a great asset on this board and helped many get through some very tough times. She will be missed more than words can say. One thing is for sure, she loved you kids very much and was so proud of you. You should always remember the loving mother that she was. May God be with her, and your family during this time of grieving. You are always welcome on this board.


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Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. She will be a special angel watching over you all from heaven. God will welcome her into his loving arms and she will suffer no more. Remember that everyone is reunited again in heaven. God bless you.


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Hugs to all who knew her...

She was a gentle soul, but very brave...she lives on forever in our hearts.

Hugs, Kathi

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I am so sorry to hear this news...Donna welcomed us to the board. We talked about our thirteen year olds and Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. She loved her children and family...I hate cancer! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! Take care and always remember how much donna loved her family!

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I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. As you know, she was an incredible woman and I bet she was a super Mom too. I'm sorry she had to suffer but she is now at peace. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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Shana - My heart and prayers are with you, your family and Angel Donna. Your Mom brought so much light and positivness to all of us in our various levels of be scared, mad, etc at this damn disease.

I hope your Mom can feel all of us as we send love and hugs...


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That is such sad news,I am so sorry.I will pray for her,and the family.I HATE CANCER SO MUCH.

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for letting us know about your mom's passing. I'm at a loss too about the news. I'm holding you and your family in the light and want you to know what an awesome person your mom was to all of us here. By her example of struggling with the diagnosis at first and then moving through the process to embracing her life, she encouraged me, and, as you can see, many others here. That is quite a legacy.

My love and care to you and your family,

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So Sorry for your loss,I too am in shock. I did not expect to hear this anytime soon. Your Mom was a great and caring lady and will be missed everywhere. I too lost my Mom many years ago but to brain cancer. Today is actually the 15th aniversary so this brought an extra tear to my eye. Time is a wonderfull healer but don't rush it. Take your time grieving and embrace the saddness since it often brings forth the best memories.
A thought; Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
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Take care, Chris

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You're as beautiful as your MOM!! She loved you guys very much and now not only do you have wonderful memories of your mom; she will be imprinted in your heart forever. I will keep you, your family, and Donna in my prayers.

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I'm so sorry Shana, your mom was such a beautiful soul and was one of the first to give hope and encouragement to us. She will be deeply missed.

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Oh no, I am so sad. She didn't want to die, no one wants to die, but she had so much, a wonderful family, a great attitude. She wanted to live, dang it!! We wanted her to live, I wanted her to live! I am just in denial, so wonderful, she was so wonderful!

Donna, of you are up there smiling down at us! Know how much we are going to miss you, I am devastated!

My condolences to the family!


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My condolences. In the short time I knew Donna from this board, she has helped me by sharing her experience, love, strength and humor. You should feel proud of her and remember that what she did in life lives on in the people she helped. Her bravery helped me in my dealings with the disease. I'm sure she was even more then that to you all, and wish you the strength to get through this tough time.


Dan Schreffler

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I am so sorry...your Mom welcomed me to this board and gave me wonderful words of comfort. You and your family are in my prayers.

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I heard this news this morning- but on my phone computer all day and really can't type out on that thing!
Your mom was so special to all of us Shana. She was so full of life and living- I remember how thrilled she was to take you guys to the ocean! I am so glad she was able to do that and give you guys a wonderful memory! She was so proud of all of you and I know there is no way she wanted to leave you! But Donna was so full of grace and acceptance- we all learned so much from her about life and living it. I am never going to forget it!
I do believe she is in a better place, she is with her Mom and Dad, and what a homecoming they are having!


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