I am a 61 year old male. At the age of 52 I was told by my doctor I am dying. For the past 4 years, I have done my best to deal with both congestive heart failure and a brain tumor, while knowing my days are indeed numbered. It is my hope that by sharing my experiences, I can encourage others faced with the same situation. I hope to also help the families of those individuals to have an understanding of the process and deal with the fear or dread of being around the dying.
I am not a doctor, not a man of the clergy, I am not a therapist. I am just me, Bill Howdle, I am merely sharing my thoughts and ideas. I write of death and dying, understand this is my personal prospective, based on what I am encountering.
Bill thank you for opening you blog to prayers and support for dear Mel, sister and family.
I wish to send healing thoughts, prayers, and strength to all. I know this has been a difficult time with many unknowns ahead.
With gentle hugs – Betty
Thanks Bill. Everyone here is sending out wishes for her strength to make it through it all. Luv, Patti
Being sent right now…
They are in my thoughts 🙂
Hi Bill – I saw the message yesterday and have sent my thoughts – now today I can say that they are continuing for Mel, and for her family .. Hilary
Bill, prayers and thought for Mel.
I’ve been thinking of her too. Prayers…
Mel seems like an old friend to me even though we have never met. Her wisdom and sense of humour are always a highlight and learning experience. Prayers are being sent out for both you and her. “Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potential instrument of action.” Mahatma Ghandi
Praying for Mel and you, Wiseman.
(((((((((( Bill ))))))))))))
((((((((((( Everyone ))))))))))))))
My heart was touched–still is…. I stand in awe of the power of prayer and the people who’ve extended prayers to my sister and her family (me included). I can’t tell you how hugely touched I am. Once again, I’m inadequate to the task of putting that into words.
It’s been a difficult ordeal. Somehow it ‘feels’ easier when it’s you on the receiving end of the news. Maybe that’s just ‘me’ and my warped sense of ‘rightness’. After all, she’s always been the one with the ‘good genes’. She’s made loving others look so darn simple….
I’m hopeful for more opportunities for loving. You’ll note that’s not attached to ‘time’. Oh, I want time–but more than anything I want for her to have more opportunities to love and be loved.
We get that today. But that’s based on only bits of the whole picture. It just is what it is.
I’m good with what we have, today.
It’s what we HAVE. And truth is, it’s what each of us have.
Love ’em while you got ’em, eh?
Thank you, Bill.
I truly am grateful for the prayers and positive thoughts sent out. I know G-d hears.
I also know G-d has purpose and love in all that He does.
How about you pray that I hang on to that knowledge in the midst of the storms, eh?
Mel it is so very nice to have you back. I read of your sisters amazing progress and I pray that progress continues. My prayer for you and family is that you are able focus on the feelings of love in your hearts appreciating each day as it comes. Bill
And OH MY GOSH!
You and Vi are grandparents to another one!!!
I’m so happy for her and for the both of you.
Dear Bill and Mel,
The God-self in you and your sister and your family will know exactly what to do…
Praying for all here always…Special thoughts to you, Wiseman.