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Posted on January 3, 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

 I lost my son Joe on April 5, 2010 after he was at our house for Easter Sunday. A drunk driver took him from all the people who love him.

I was in total  and denial when the policemen asked my husband and I to sit down. Then said, "Your son passed." Maybe I thought it would go away. I didn't know how to handle it. But i did have friends on a computer soap net site. It was were I would communicate with fans of a soap I watched since the first day it aired on channel 2. The name is the…

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At 12:11pm on April 17, 2016, Daphne vaughn (Anthony's Mom ) said…
Barbara,hope your feeling well how did your Dr.appt.go hoping well.hope you have a wonderful week take care.Daphne.
At 4:53pm on December 27, 2015, Susan - Donny's Mom said…

Hello Barbara.  Nice to hear from you.  I am still around but very seldom get on this site,   I do check every once in awhile but it seems it is stuck on just a few people posting and no new people.  I was a little disappointed in how the posts were going so I faded out of this site.   I still am in contact with 5 people that I started with 6 long years ago but we keep in contact by Facebook site now.  Thank you for thinking of Donny.  His girls (3) are really growing up and two have babies of their own.  I am now a great grand mother twice.  We see them as much as we can as 2 are in another state.  The oldest one stayed in CA when this all happened so we always see her and our precious baby girl.  Again thank you for thinking of me and wishing you a peaceful and healthy 2016.

Susan Donnys Mom forever

At 3:22pm on September 10, 2015, Kathy Manning said…

Hi Barbara I just saw your post. I'm not sure how to log on and leave comments. I read these posts daily. It does help.  I know the pain of your losing a child; Brittney was my only child. Lost her suddenly.  On 11/19 it will be 6 years. Still so hard to believe. I read your posts and they really give me strength.

At 12:28pm on August 30, 2015, Brad said…

Barbara, thanks for your gentle nudge in this quiet domain. I'm sorry for your loss, and can only imagine what your 5-year journey has been. Each of us has a different story, a different situation and thus a different experience. It was just a year ago now that our packing and preparing for a long distance move was underway, a new direction for us, a new beginning after many challenges through the years. We had survived them together, and now things were coming together. Grub made the drive in spite of an injury and a couple of compounding health problems, but he was so weakened from the effort he struggled to recover in our new home. I was with him as he took his last breath Nov 6. in hospice care. It all was a whirlwind, and suddenly I was alone for the first time in my life, dealing with this and some other life events that soon followed. It took a couple of months, but the emotions caught up with me, and now I'm a different person. My outlook on the future and my expectations of life are different.  Maybe I'll get beyond it and find a new life, if that's meant to be. And if I don't then it won't be for lack of effort.  Either way, it's not in my hands.

To answer your question, I'm the one in yellow, Grub is in blue. That was our first "ussie" taken in the summer of 01 shortly after we met.  Our faces are red from a day at the beach with his two kids who had just arrived for a summer visit.   I miss those days, and I'm also thankful to have lived them.  

Brad

At 3:15pm on August 19, 2015, Kathy Manning said…

Happy Birthday to your son Joe 8/19/2015. May happy memories of your son fill your heart today. Kathy Manning.

At 3:10pm on August 19, 2015, Kathy Manning said…

Hi Barbara, my name is Kathy Manning in live in Rochester, NY. On 11/19/2009 I lost my only child suddenly at the age of 20. Brittney Lynn Beckley. I read the post daily on this web-site seeking mothers that have lost their only child. I read your posts and it encourages me to go on. The pain and emptiness I feel sometimes, makes me want to give up. But somehow I manage the strength to go on. I live for Brittney's memory. I know she wouldn't want me to give up. Just wanted to say thank you for your posts. I will continue to read them. My email address is kmanning@democratandchronicle.com

At 8:22am on June 1, 2015, david said…

thank you so much for your comments . your story inspires me and reminds me just how lucky i am compared to what others like yourself experienced .  so sorry 4/5/10 was a terrible day for u as well. just reminds me why we should always heal our own emotional near mortal wounds my helping others

At 4:26pm on April 16, 2015, Renee Santos said…
Barbara I love hearing from you. Your advice is so helpful to me. But for some reason I am only getting part of your message via e mail. When I go to the site it is not there?
At 2:35pm on April 4, 2015, Shirley Gutierrez said…

 Hi Barbara, I read your comment on my comment page & enjoyed it, thank you. I too just last week saw the movie on HBO concerning Norman V. Peale, "One Man's Way." Strangely, I had never seen it before. I knew however that Dr. Schuller had  patterned his beliefs of positive thinking  on him. Where I live (in Seal Beach Ca.) is just a few miles from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Ca. I had been there & heard him speak  many times & had been to the Christmas & Easter pageants there which were spectacular. He was a wonderful speaker & writer & Southern Calif. is going to miss him terribly. After he spent his whole life building the church, due to financial mistakes  his family made the Cathedral went into bankruptcy a couple of years ago. The Catholic church bought the property & it is now a Catholic church called "Christ's Church. Dr. Schuller's health had been failing for several years & to my knowledge, he was never fully aware of the tragedy of losing "his" church.

Positive thinking has always been my belief also & I think that is how I've gotten through losing  2  of my 3 daughters. I would never have believed that I could cope with that but I did & I am still a positive thinker. I remember when you joined this unfortunate group. My youngest daughter Lisa, died in August,09 & my oldest daughter died March 1st, 7 months later in 2010 both of cancer.

I looked in the computer white pages to see if I could  find your phone number in NJ but to no avail. I wish you well & we'll try to have a good Easter.  Love, Shirley
 

At 1:03pm on February 2, 2015, Susan - Donny's Mom said…

Both Tami and I just want this site to be a comforting compassionate place people can come to vent, ramble, advise or whatever they need to do.  It is for all.....we have only had one other issue in this group and oddly one person was involved in that issue too.  That is why I advised to "step away from computers, deep breathe, get OUTSIDE, take a class, read.....don't make this site your life.!"   Hopefully we all can get back on track and if two individuals want to have a healthy conversation between the two they will go to email or a private conversation rather than on the main board.... I think that will help.  Take care and enjoy the days to come.  Good chatting with you. 

I did see Tami post again so let's hope the crisis is over.

Susan

 
 
 

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