Thank you all.........

mrou50 Member Posts: 389

The cancer forum gave me Mark's info so I could write to all of you.  First of all I want to thank you all for your kind words.  It's so tough to know that he is not here.  I appreciate all of your support over the years.  As I was reading the post, I cried too as Footstomper was the other person I was trying to get a hold of.  He left before Mark.  They are probably telling all kinds of teacher's stories etc.  To Foxhd, and all of the rest of you...fight until you know you are done.  When you know your time is done family members will be sad, but they know it's best for you too.  I will get on here once in a while since this feels like another family to me too.  If you google Mark Rouska you can see his obit.  


With Great Respect,

Patrice Rouska


  • icemantoo
    icemantoo Member Posts: 3,359 Member
    Your welcome

    Mark will be missed.




  • stub1969
    stub1969 Member Posts: 954 Member
    edited March 2017 #3
    Thank you

    Patrice, thank you for taking the time to write. I read Mark's obituary and it is of no surprise that Mark impacted a lot of lives both online and in person.  I consider myself lucky to have "met" him. 


  • sblairc
    sblairc Member Posts: 585
    edited March 2017 #4
    Thinking of you and your family.

    Thank you for taking the time to write here. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. 

  • Jan4you
    Jan4you Member Posts: 1,330 Member
    edited March 2017 #5
    Aww Patrice, so glad you

    Aww Patrice, so glad you found us!! It puts tears in my eyes to hear from you!! I can feel Mark all around, I do! We're here to LOVE YOU, Patrice! And care about you and your family my dear!

    Yes, Footstomper's news hit us hard today... yet.. I remain HOPEFUL!!

    Love is all around you sweet, Patrice!

    Healing hugs, Jan


  • Allochka
    Allochka Member Posts: 993 Member
    edited March 2017 #6
    Dear Patrice, thank you for

    Dear Patrice, thank you for sharing this with us. Our condolences to you. I'm a caregiver, not a patient. My husband had RCC, and I can't even imagine what you went through. 

    We will remember Mark

  • marosa
    marosa Member Posts: 333
    Thank you Patrice

    for reaching to us at this moment.  It has been very hard and sad to learn and accept the passing of our friends.  I was re-reading just now a post where your husband wrote a comment on something I wrote about how our life changes after cancer but at the same time so many things stay the same.  I said I figured I would turn into some kind of saint but the reality is I still give hell to my husband because he forgets to brush his hair in the back, so he's almost at the door every day with the pillow still glued (visually) to his head!  Mark said that was cool, he thought it was necessary to continue to be as we always were.  He liked that you treated him like the guy who would always open the door for you and was protective of you and not the other way around. Cool guy, courageos man.

    Mark will be missed.  Thank you for sharing with us.  My condolences to you and your family.


  • foxhd
    foxhd Member Posts: 3,181
    We are all here

    because we all still need help. Patients, family, and friends. Thank you Patrice.

  • APny
    APny Member Posts: 1,995 Member
    edited March 2017 #9
    Mark will be missed. Thank

    Mark will be missed. Thank you so much for taking the time to post here. My condolances and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Jojo61
    Jojo61 Member Posts: 1,309 Member
    Hi Patrice,

    Hi Patrice,

    Thank you for thinking of us at this time. It means a lot...we are hurting too....having lost two wonderful members. Mark was so compassionate and supportive....he will be missed, but not forgotten. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

    Big hugs



  • Deanie0916
    Deanie0916 Member Posts: 494 Member
    Thank you Patrice for posting

    I will google Marks obituary. He was very kind and suppotive to me on this site. I appreciate him and pray for comfort and help for you and your family.

  • JerzyGrrl
    JerzyGrrl Member Posts: 760
    edited March 2017 #12
    Thanks, Patrice

    Sure appreciate that you wrote. You are in my thoughts. I'll be wearing a Hawaiian shirt on the 8th, even though I won't be in Irrigon (but I've been in Irrigon, even lived there for a little bit). Mark let us know that you were a part of the taking care of each other team, which means we got to learn and be encouraged by your example, too.

    Take very good care of yourself -- ! 

    Much love, with hugs,


  • hardo718
    hardo718 Member Posts: 853
    Thank you Patrice

    I was honored to have "known" Mark.  His wisdom will be sorely missed.  What a warrior!

    God bless all of you, I'll keep you in my prayers,