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Livyru Lovin' Life!

Live at least one more year with good quality of life (read all 32 entries…)
Long time since I've posted

I first want to thank all of you who have supported me over the miles … with beautiful gifts, heartfelt messages, and handmade treasures.

The past several months have been extremely challenging as I have turned my life over to hospice care, having chosen to no longer receive conventional therapy. It’s been a physical AND emotional challenge. A recent hospitalization has helped get the pain under control (although it’s not completely gone), and also brought with it the timeframe I am to expect (miracles excluded). There is one more symptom which we have Not been able to get control of since Christmas, which keeps me homebound and suffering.

The upcoming weeks are spent trying to find support from friends and family that will help me stay at home before I check into a hospice facility. At the same time, if I find a facility that has a bed open, I may take it. So I am cleaning out my home for the Last time (with the help of a generous, compassionate and organized friend), getting rid of things that I will never use again, and making gifts of special items.

So I guess I can say my goals are to reduce my home to Sale quality, find a good hospice facility to take me when it’s my time, and to work on my poetry book. I have neither the time nor the health to meet the other goals (although I will afford it one more look through).

Please excuse me for not returning hand-written thank you notes for all the special gifts of your heart. You have become a part of my journey that I will carry to the end and to eternity with gratitude.

Blessings and health,
Ruthanne



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LauralyBeautiful /this account is inactive

Oh! Livyru!

It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good to see you again. We were all concerned about you.

I’m still thinking of you, as always.

Much love,
Lauraly

Tarrador My God, it's full of stars...

It is wonderful...

to see you posting again. I am sorry that you have had such a difficult time. I am sending you energy and prayers for peace and relief from pain.

Saraband savouring the simple things

Hi Livyru

Our paths have not crossed before but having read your latest post I very much want to send you my warmest thoughts and love. You sound such a courageous woman: facing this phase of your life with dignity, strength and some measure of acceptance. I hope that you achieve the goals you have set for yourself and find a peaceful, calming hospice which offers you the support, respect and care you deserve. And I hope you are able to complete your poetry book. Perhaps one day I might come across some of your poems and smile :)

Do take care
Sandra

Kimber~ Is very sad that 43 is fading...:-(

(((Livyru)))

wishing you a comfortable, peaceful & tame existence. you’ve warmed, humbled & touched many hearts including mine with your exquisite kindness & gentle spirit…an abundance of warm encouraging hugs….enclosing a pic of the moon & stars for a pleasant distraction…take very good care…:)

Taz 2014 is a year of doing

((((Livyru))))

Thank you for taking this time to come and see us, we have missed you. Your compassionate heart is felt everywhere.
Wishing you gentle days and wonderful memory making. (((((((you))))))))

Bedhead2 I'll miss all of you! Please stay in touch. All the best!

It’s wonderful to have found this post. I also loved reading about the prayer beads you made for your friend. You will be in my (our) thoughts and prayers. (((((Livyru))))))

New Isabella vaya con Dios...

I was thinking of you today, Ruthanne,...

...and saying a prayer that you are finding support from friends and family and hospice care workers as loving companions on your journey, helping you make the necessary arrangements, and providing the physical, emotional, and spiritual care you need. I know you are a blessing in the lives of many people. I’m grateful to you for sharing your journey with us on 43 Things. May you have ease of well-being each day along the way.

love,
Isabella

LGS

(((((Ruthanne)))))

Love and peace.
Thank you.
x

Tarrador My God, it's full of stars...

It is my most heartfelt wish...

that you have now transcended the pain, fear and grief that you suffered with, and shared so wonderfully and with such humanity and soul. It has been a gift of happiness and heartbreak to observe your struggle and your journey, to witness your courage, patience, forgiveness, honesty and integrity. You were not a paragon of virtues or a martyr, nor did you fall prey to victimization, anger and self pity. In the face of the inevitable you remained human and humane.

In the face of all our petty gripes and complaints about our lives, your posting tempered us and reminded us that every second of life is precious and irreplaceable, whether we know it(as you did), or not (as most of us do not). What we have done is not as vital as what we keep striving to do. You list does not represent a life now incomplete, but a life lived with purpose and effort.

Now you’ve shed this mortal shell, and I pray and believe you have left behind all the physical pain and worldly sorrows. I perceive your energy expanding and merging with the universe, your soul ascending to a place of joy, freedom and eternal love. I will not forget you, or your wonderful spirit.

Goodbye, and be blessed.

The Warrior Queen & The Jellied Eel is grateful for all that 43T was and always will be. LOVE YOU! xx

So Ruthanne, this is the final, final goodbye. I have to let go of the little tiny tangible piece of you that was left. But you gave me something intangible that I will carry forever. Thank you my dear for your presence. I will never forget you. x


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