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My husband, Dale, died on Tuesday morning from pneumonia. He was fighting to recover from the surgery that drained the abscess compressing his spinal cord and was just overwhelmed with infection. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer in January 2002 and discovered the lung metastasis in October 2003. Erbitux was effective in keeping the mets from growing too rapidly and he received treatment from April 2004 to November 2005.
This group has been a life line to me in dealing with his battle with colo-rectal cancer. Sharing such personal and often painful information about your private lives helped me so much to understand what was going on with my husband and how to discuss other treatment options with his oncologist - things I wouldn't have even known to ask about if it hadn't been for this group. Take care!

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Hi Vonnie, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's death. It has been a long hard struggle for you both and you have shown so much courage and support. I am glad this group has helped you through this difficult time.

My thoughts are with you as you grieve his passing.


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Dear Vonnie,

I am so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Thank you for letting us know. Dale was blessed to have you as his advocate. Please know that all of us share in your grief and that you are still a part of us. Come here often and let us know how you are doing.

With sympathy,


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I am so so sorry to hear about your husband. :-(

My heart goes out to you and your family.

peace, emily

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I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. May the memories you and Dale created together sustain you.

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I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for telling us of Dale's passing so that we can hold him and you in are hearts during this time.


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Thank you for taking the time to think of sharing with us during this heavy-hearted time. I think what is most shocking about this particular cancer is that it's not an age or gender specific enemy. Family history or not, anyone can get it. You will always be a semi-colon to us here, and we hope you still come here to be a part of our little family.

With deepest sympathy,

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Vonnie, I'm sorry to hear of your husband's passing. You both have been through so much with this disease; I have admired your tireless efforts and search for knowledge on your husband's behalf. Thinking of you, Judy

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Dear Vonnie -- I am very, very sorry for your loss. Wishing you much strength right now . I am sure that you were an incredible caregiver to your husband. All the best thoughts coming your way -- Maura

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My Condolences to you and your family, May God be with you at your time of need. God Bless you and your family. Livin

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Dear Vonnie. Jen and I are truly saddened to hear of another of our family losing the battle. All of us know that a time will come when we will be with our loved ones again but until that time treasure the memories and know that Dale is now in the loving arms of those that have also left us.
Remember Vonnie that you too are a part of our family and we will continue to support you.
huggs...your friends in oz, Ross and Jen

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My deepest sympathy to you and your family.


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Dear Vonnie,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that you find peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.


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