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My dear friend Michele slipped into eternity on Wednesday, February 1. She was a remarkable woman who left a legacy of faith, determination, and love. For three years she courageously battled the ovarian cancer that eventually robbed her of her life. A few days before she died, one of her doctors told Michele that she was an incredibly strong and brave woman. With great difficulty, Michele mouthed the words “It is the Lord.” This was her story, this was her song. She knew that her Savior was the source of all of her strength and blessings.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
“In Christ Alone”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music
Michele’s suffering has ended, and for that I am so thankful. Still, I will miss her for the rest of my life here, under the sun. Please keep her dear husband, daughters, and family in your prayers.
And thus ends this blog. She was its driving force, hers was the vision and the passion for this medium. I felt that it was only right to leave her readers with this final update. Thank you.
My husband told me that there are rumors that I’ve died. I’m happy to report that I’m still very much alive. My cancer has gone to stage four but we are controlling it with chemo, the cancer numbers are currently in the normal range. I’ve stopped blogging to concentrate on my daughters and writing a Bible study. I’m not sure how long my cancer can be controlled so that made me evaluate how I spend my time. I decided I don’t want to spend what time I have left blogging politics.
Thank you for your prayers, especially those you prayed when Angela requested prayers for me in April. It was around that time I started a new chemo drug and after one dose it stopped the tumor from filling my abdomen with fluid and then over time took away the pain I was experiencing (the pain got to be so bad, I had to wear a pain patch, now I’m pain free and no longer on pain medication). I hope you will continue to pray to the Lord for me even though I won’t be blogging any more. If you want to find out how I’m doing, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BTW, don’t be surprised when this blog is taken down and assume that I’ve died. I’ve requested it be removed since I’m done blogging.
Thank you for your concern and for reading my drivel over the years 🙂
Several people have asked about Michele’s condition, and have promised to pray for her. On her behalf, I thank you for that. I spoke with her a little while ago, and she asked that I come here and tell you what’s going on, and to ask you to pray for her. She isn’t able to post here herself right now, as she is in a great deal of pain and gastrointestinal distress.
As you know, the cancer has returned, and it is very aggressive. The chemotherapy that began in January was totally ineffective. Yesterday she started a new drug, and we are hopeful that it will stop the growth of this cancer.
The elders from her church will visit her at home this evening, to lay hands on her and to pray. If you are willing, would you please join us all in prayer tonight?
I intend to closely monitor replies to this thread. I will forward any kind words to Michele, and I will delete anything that is uncharitable.