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    I haven't been on this site in a while so I don't know if anyone has seen or mentioned One Fit Widow.  It is all about taking care of yourself as you take those steps forward into widowhood. I found it on facebook. Very positive site. Irene

    August 17, 2017 view discussion
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      I haven't been on CC in quite a while.  Perhaps I thought I had healed enough? Was it because a friend had come into my life? But now here I am six years after my dear Phil passed away. In those past 6 years life has moved forward. I have lost 3 precious dogs. One Phil never knew in life but I am sure he does now! He loved dogs as I do. I have taken 2 nice trips with my younger son and his famil...

      April 26, 2017 view discussion
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        After two months of grieving( NO! I am not done) for my sweet Emme I began visiting shelters in several counties of my state. There is a lot of love in me and I personally felt it was the right thing for me to consider adopting another dog. Ten trips were made to 6 different shelters. It was heartbreaking to see so many dogs that need a good home. Yes there were pit bulls but most just had a sad look in there e...

        July 22, 2016 view discussion
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          It is 8 weeks today that my sweet little Emme passed from aggressive mast cell cancer at only 6 yrs old. Less than 3 weeks from onset of symptoms. So much of this loss takes me back to when Phil died 5 + years ago. I know some will say: but she was just a dog! She has been my constant companion for almost 3 years. The cancer snuck up the same way it does with us humans. It stole her the same way. And again ...

          June 30, 2016 view discussion
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            Hi Sandy    Years ago I went on an elementary school trip to our cranberry bogs. The children were scooping up the dragonfly nymphs in nets and checking them out before they sent them back into the detritus(never heard of the word prior to that... which is a fancy word for muck) I learned they can spend years in that stuff before they emerge and get those beautiful colors and fly.(not the kids, well ma...

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              I was reading a story from the second book by Sinclair Lewis of Feathers Brush My Heart. In it a person spoke about a dragonfly. Dragonflies can stay in the nymph stage several years. When they change, they emerge out of the muck into beautiful creatures that fly. The story spoke of how the beautiful dragonfly wanted to go back and tell the nymphs what it was like to emerge and be able to fly but it couldn't g...

              May 26, 2016 view discussion
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                Stephen Sometimes the anticipation of those special days without our loved ones is worse that the actual day. Glad you had a nice birthday! Irene

                May 21, 2016 view post
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                  If we love deeply we will always be in pain when a loved one passes. That is the price for loving. But would we avoid loving to avoid the pain? I sure wouldn't! I treasure all the years Phil and I got to be with each other. Even my snarlly times, though I wish I hadn't been but I know I am human and accept that. Phil understood. My little Emme passed two weeks ago and I am really grieving. It was jus...

                  May 19, 2016 view post
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                    Emme was 6 yrs 9 mo old when she died from Mast cell cancer. One day she was fine. Next a small cut on her pad that the vet dressed and we gave antibiotic. A week later a huge fist sized tumor on that shoulder. 9 days later dead. I had her for 2 yrs and 9 mo. 3rd owner. First was expecting her second child and it was too much to care for her. The second owner had her one month. Her pugs did not l...

                    May 12, 2016 view discussion
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                      Hi Ron   Check out the EC site. Just remember that even though it is EC each person is an indiviual with EC. I found it a bit frustrating due to the fact of where my husband was at. My husband had EC but by the time he was diagnosed correctly it had become a stage 4. Then he had mild chemo and a month of radiation which shrank the tumor. Serveral stents which bought him about 9 months. But as I said ...

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