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jennie #83383 11-02-2008 11:51 AM
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Amy,

I am truly sorry for the loss you must be feeling at this time. Your mom obviously drew a great deal of strength from her loving family, and was able to share so much of that strength with her "family" here, in a most unselfish and gracious way. It's amazing when you consider how many lives she touched, in so many parts of the world, with her words of advice and encouragement even at times when she was battling for her life.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cathy


Tongue SCC (T2M0N0), poorly differentiated, diagnosed 3/89, partial glossectomy and neck dissection 4/89, radiation from early June to late August 1989
Cathy G #83389 11-02-2008 03:49 PM
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Oh Amy,
I am crying as I write. I can only imagine how you must feel-so
many things at one time. You and your family have my deepest
compasionate sympathy. Your mom tried to help me but I was so
upset, I could not see the light. I apologized later for my
actions and she said she fully understood.
I have missed her on here and I can only imagine how you will miss her. You must keep her memory alive as I do all the time with my grown children about their grandmother. There is always a memory to share and something to do exactly as "mother" did it.
It will take awhile to sit with this news.

Your Mom was a fighter and a "doer" in life. I shall never get
over her gift to all of us of her time and wisdom.

We must all keep us this fight to live and to conquer disease
and to learn to live each day as the last, and to be good to each other and help each other and quide each other as your Mother did.

God Bless you and your family today and always.
Debbie from Roanoke, VA.


Partial mandibulectomy and neck dissection 2/3/07. T2NOMO.
Had 14 hour operation which included reconstruction of jaw.
Reconstruction failed. Some radiation, no chemo.
peace4uall #83431 11-03-2008 06:30 PM
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Amy,

Your mom and I messaged back a forth a few times since I am from Richmond and she had asked about doctors. She provided more support to me than she ever knew. I would think of her often just down the road from me. I am glad she was able to have everyone around her and just slip on to the next life. Prayers of peace and comfort to you and your family.

Fondly,
Cindy


SCC of tongue removed 3/07 mod. left neck dissection. Tumor reappeared 6/07. Removed 8/07, right neck dissection, free flap from wrist for tongue graph. Radiation 30 (IMRT), chemo cisplatin 4 rounds finished 11/07.
richmond girl #83487 11-04-2008 07:16 PM
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Minnie will always have a special place in my heart. When John had his recurrance, she was at my side [via e-mail] for several weeks, discussing what his surgery would be like [much like hers] and what would likely happen aftrward recovery wise. She sent me pictures of her - on horseback- so we could see how good she looked! She eased our fears with her generous spirit and willingness to share and most of all her great outlook on life. What a strong woman she was! She loved you all so much. Don't ever forget that and I sincerely hope all of her children have inherited her incredible spirit and love of life. Amy in the Ozarks


CGtoJohn:SCC Flr of Mouth.Dx 3\05. Surg.4\05.T3NOMO.IMRTx30. Recur Dx 1\06.Surg 2\06. Chemo: 4 Cycles of Carbo\Taxol:on Erbitux for 7 mo. Lost our battle 2-23-07- But not the will to fight this disease

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JAM #83551 11-05-2008 03:42 PM
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I can't believe this happened. Minnie joined this board about 3 months after I did and has been helping members almost daily ever since until her recent occurence, especially those who were facing the same surgery she originally had. I used to swear she had a bell on her computer that went off anytime a question was raised as to whether PEG tube was needed. We went many rounds in what came to be called 'the PEG tube wars'. I unfortunately never got to meet her or any of you thanks to the Delaware deciding to flood me in the weekend of the walk, but you could feel her good nature in all her posts. She loved you girls and I'm certain had a powerful influence on all those girls she coached for so many years. I am so sorry she lost her fight with this dreaded disease. She will be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Take care,
Eileen


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Aug 1997 unknown primary, Stage III
mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
Aug 2001 tiny tumor on larynx, Stage I total laryngectomy; left ND
June 5, 2010 dx early stage breast cancer
June 9, 2011 SCC 1.5 cm hypo pharynx, 70% P-16 positive, no mets, Stage I
Eileen #83834 11-09-2008 04:40 PM
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Oh, Amy. . . I am so so sorry to hear about Minnie. She was so supportive of my Dad and myself when he was getting ready to have the same surgery she had. She emailed me with every concern and possibility that could happen. She was invaluable to us and an angel on this board. ;( many tears for your loss as I lost my Dad in September and I totally understand your pain and loss.

Take care and know that she is in a much better place. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Laura




Mandibular ressection, flap replacement and bilateral neck dissection 10/25/07. Two nodes cancerous, others clear.
Started IRMT 12/17/07 (34) and ERBITUX ( 6). 7/17/08 cancer returned neck and shoulder area. Passed on peacefully surrounded by love on 9/15/08. And yes, he did see angels. . .

Tedsdaughter #83841 11-09-2008 07:07 PM
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Amy,

I have been off the boards for quite some time and was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of your mom.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Margaret


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C/G: Husband, 48 (at time of dx)
Dx 5/18/07 SCC, BOT, lymph node involvement. T1N2BM0. (Stage 4a, G2/3)
Tx 6/18 - 8/3/07, IMRT x 33 Cisplatin x3 (stopped after 1st dose due to hearing issues). Weekly Erbitux started 6/27/07 completed 8/6/07.
Susan Lauria #83982 11-11-2008 02:02 PM
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Amy,
I am so sorry to hear about your family's great loss with Minnie's passing. As so many others have stated, she was upbeat, pragmatic, and willing to take the bull by the horns when it came do dealing with this dreaded disease, and was always there for others. I too, like Nelie and Gary, Donna and a few others am an old hand here who has been around a pretty long while and got the chance to read so many of your mom's wonderful posts, and I remember enjoying viewing her website as well.
Nowadays, sometimes it seems like cancer is so far behind me and so remote, that it hardly crosses my mind. I don't come to this site too often anymore and I expect to go on living to an old age like everyone else around me. However your mom's passing reminds me that those of us here, maybe more than other people, had better live our lives and enjoy our loved ones while we can.

Regards,
Danny G.


Stage IV Base of Tongue SCC
Diagnosed July 1, 2002, chemo and radiation treatments completed beginning of Sept/02.
digtexas #84033 11-12-2008 01:45 PM
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Amy,
I just saw your sad news about Minnie. She was a tower of strength to those of us who came to this board for help. She certainly lighted the way through the darkness of fear and pain. I can almost see her up there now, talking to Danny Boy and watching over her family from her new command post in heaven.


Andrea


SCC L lat tongue,Dx 9/15/05 T1N0MX L MND and L lateral hemiglossectomy 10/03/05. Recurrence 11/15/06 2nd surgery 12/04/06 hemiglossectomy 3rd surgery 01/15/07 tonsillectomy Radiation 01/25/07 to 03/08/07 3-D/CRT X 30
Andrea #84061 11-12-2008 09:40 PM
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Hi, Amy -
I didn't know your mother, but reading others' messages showed me what a wonderful woman she was. That she is still able to gather people to her is a testament to her ability to touch many. My heart goes out to you at your great loss. To those who knew her my condolences, also. It's not often our lives are enriched by someone like her.

Marlene



Marginal mandibulectomy 6/17/08 resulted in DX of Stage I SCC - gingiva (3 mm) right mandible, buccal side. Clear margins. Occasional social drinker. Smoked last cigarette in 1979. Clear pet: 12/08; 7/20/09. Yay!
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