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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Changes

by Aunt Margie

Kerry was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer and was given 6 months to live.  That was 7 years ago.  She is an amazing example of the human spirit and its power to overcome incredible obstacles.  She has exhausted her treatment options, having covered years of chemotherapy, radiation oncology, and surgical treatments, most profoundly - having had a complete gastrectomy years ago (complete stomach removal).  She has never languished in a hospital bed longer than it took to recover from a surgical procedure nor has she resorted to tube-feeding.  Her spirit and drive moved her forward to planning and attending the weddings of two of her four children, witnesing the birth of two more grandchildren, remodeling a historic store front (turning it into a quilt shop offering sewing lessons as well as custom quilting services), and remodeling two homes.  Most importantly, she made time and spent time with her beautiful children.  She is an inspiration to all who come in contact with her.  She has checked many, many things off her "Bucket List" and the time has come for her to rest.  We set up her home hospice services today.  Between her children, sister Barb, and myself we will honor her wishes to leave her tattered body with dignity and rest in the home she created and dearly loves.  Please remember Kerry in your prayers as she moves along her final journey. Thank You. 

9 comments:

  1. Sun rises, night falls, sometimes the sky calls...
    Sending much love to you all in my prayers.

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  2. May God give Kerry and all the family strength ......our prayers are with all of you...JD & Mary

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  3. All of our love is with Kerry and her family and friends. We cannot begin to say how lucky we feel to have gotten to have Kerry and her family in our lives.

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  4. I feel blessed to call Kerry my friend. May God whisper softly in your ear as your time in this story ends and the next one begins. All my love and prayers to Kerry and her entire family. Jenn

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  5. I feel so blessed these last 5 years to go through this journey called life with this beautiful, caring and loving woman. May God show her love as she has loved so many people around her She has touched so many with her courage and inspiration.

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  6. Shawn and Kerry -- from Carla Clemens in Greenview. Although I don't know Kerry, I know what she has gone through as our lives seem to mirror. My journey through life has been difficult also these last few years from very similar medical conditions. I'm sure Kerry has drawn her strength from you Shawn and her wonderful family, as well as from the prayers from all who have cared so much about Kerry and her plight through life. Hopefully one day I will meet Kerry at heaven's door and we can dance the dance of freedom from pain and suffering. May the Lord bless Kerry, Shawn and each family member ... and may his will give you strength to face the coming days and to carry on with life.

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  7. My thoughts and prayers are with Kerry and her beautiful family. She is an inspiration to us all. Her kindness, loving personality, and strength has always amazed me.

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  8. Precious Lady of Strength and Endurance! May your Spirit continue to Bless all those whom you have touched. I know that knowing you has made a major difference in my life. My only regret is that we never met in person.

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  9. Kerry, Shawn and all...your amazing strength and support of each other is wonderful. We are keeping you all in our thoughts. Pete and Judy Olesen

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