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A continutaion of the "When a Spouse or Partner Dies" thread.
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This might be a rough time for many of you. Do what you feel you need to do to get through it. Remember, someone is here almost all the time to talk to you.
Started by Andrew Berenyi Jr.. Last reply by Russ Macaluso 19 hours ago.
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Started by Sandfly. Last reply by Marsha H Jun 6.
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Life goes on around you. Yet you seem to stand still. Most people in my life say you're doing great. It's all a facade. I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable around me and not fit in. Yes, it has been eight months since I lost my husband, my Jack, but there is a hole in my heart that will never heal. Yes, there is a soul mate, a life partner that completes you. I was blessed to have Jack in my life for twenty years and I celebrate that time that we had.
Steve......that's a good analogy that your friend posted. I'm glad that he's doing well and I hope that your carpal tunnel and trigger finger can heal without needing surgery. I also agree with you about not fixing what isn't broken. I don't want them to ever change Legacy to be more open like Facebook. I think even a closed FB group can be shared but not positive.
A few days ago a friend of mine in Dallas posted the below on Facebook along with a video of his willow tree moving with the currents of a gentle breeze; he was diagnosed with throat cancer a few months back and was told that if chemo didn’t shrink the tumor then surgery could not be an option. He took chemo and it did reduce the size of his tumor, surgery was successful, recovery has been complete and all of his follow up checks are positive affirmation that his cancer is gone for good. His faith has brought him to this point in his life, he can resume his love for singing with the Turtle Creek Choral, which is not his full time job. I consider my friendship with him a blessing, just hearing him sing is another blessing. Just thought that his journey was worth sharing with my friends and family here on Legacy:
This is my willow tree. I planted it years ago. 5 years ago it was a beautiful tree that my neighbor said was his favorite tree in our back yards. Then we had two years of exceptional drought. And two years ago the tree looked as if it was dying. It had dead bare limbs and I thought I was going to have to cut it down. I decided to have all of the dead wood removed and then we have had two years of above normal rainfall. The tree has put out new growth and looks healthy again. It is a pleasure to just sit and watch the long willow branches blow in the wind. We all go through times of "exceptional drought". We all develop dead wood that detracts from our appearance, or performance and it can depress us. Sometimes we just have to cut out the "dead wood" that is weighing us down. In time the rains will come and the drought will be over. New branches can grow into our lives and things can be beautiful again. It is cliché, but dawn follows the night, and spring follows the cold winter. And the good rains will come. Sit and watch the branches blow in the wind.
Sometimes drought and deadwood is needed to bring us back to life.
Dear Steve ...
I know exactly how you feel about waiting. Shortly after Ernie passed away I had to go for tests for a health issue and then did have surgery shortly after. It is certainly the waiting that makes one a train wreck, but when the day came for surgery I was oddly calm. Now it's 6 1/2 years since Ernie passed away and with the bumpy ride of grief and things just not falling into place for most of us I find that nothing much ruffles my feathers anymore. I have an attitude of 'oh well, let it be.' LOL I know you'll be just fine big brother.
Always happy to hear from my sis Marsha,
The nerve test will determine my fate as far as surgery goes, it's the waiting that is almost as painful as everything else. No matter what the outcome, I am certain that I will get through anything this old world can cause me to stumble, I will get back up, dust myself off and keep on truck'in...as the phrase goes...who knows what the future holds?
Dear brother Steve ...
I hope I'm not interrupting your post to Mary. What you said about the storms is so true. Faith and knowing our loving spouses are with us gets us through it as both faith and our spouses have gotten us through to this point in time. Thankfully living just outside of Vancouver, B.C., we seldom get storms (perhaps the odd wind storm) and I'm thankful for that.
I am so very sorry to hear you need surgery and I pray everything goes well for you. You are a pip my friend and when some of us falter you are always there calm and encouraging to get us through the day.
Your sis Marsha
Tornado’s are scary, I had such an encounter in Jacksonville, Florida and they are nothing to take lightly. Living in Dallas Mark and I faced a lot of scary evenings, we lived close to downtown Dallas and when the storm sirens would go off it was unsettling. The year after Mark passed Bella and I were watching the weather alerts on TV and we were sitting in the path of a super cell that was dumping hail and high winds and we were under a tornado warning. Bella was acting upset by all the noise and probably by me, so I went to far side of the apartment called her over and there we sat. I remembered something Mark said once when we were under similar circumstances, don’t worry, we will be OK, look at how many storms we have endured, we can handle anything. After remembering his calming statement, I felt different and somehow knew that all the alarm was for naught, Bella was back to herself and so was I, minutes later, the weather station said that the storm had dispersed and all wind and rain had stopped. I think back now and think not how lucky we were, but just how much a little faith can accomplish when we need it the most. Mark always was the calm one and always saw the sunny side of every situation we were in, he still reminds me when I am faced with things I feel are overwhelming me.
So please do not be afraid, try to stay calm, it is my belief that our Father and our spouses are always with us, we just have to reach out and have a little faith that we are here for a purpose, this one thought keeps me going. The past few months have been trying my patience and testing my faith, I have carpal tunnel and trigger finger in tree fingers. Have endured 4 cortisone shots with little relief, now I am scheduled for nerve damage testing and have to wait till September for the appointment. This test will determine if I will have to have surgery or if there is something else going on. So, I wear my stints and do my finger exercises while keeping my wrist immobile. On a positive note I am learning how to use my left hand for the most trivial tasks and on days like today I can type using both hands, this too shall pass.
Life in general is good, life as we knew it has changed and we have all changed, having Legacy is our lifeline to our new life and I for one have no intention of leaving Legacy for Facebook, even closed groups on FB can be compromised by one person sharing something with just one person not in the group to allow them to see all. Legacy could be compromised as well, however, it is not as open a source as the Facebook world, so thanks, but no thanks. I just hope the powers to be read our responses and not change something that is working. They should remember this, if it is not broken, then do not fix it….Ok, off my soap box, take care Mary Jane, you and everyone on here are in my thoughts and prayers each day. Love to all, Steve
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