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We are all sending big, huge hugs to you and your family. I don't know what to say. I'll call you tomorrow. I love you.


Shit.  Oh Natalie.  I thought that worst case was the voice box surgery, but this is...I can't find words either.  I'm so so sorry.  There is no bright side here.  It's just awful and sad, and I wish I could be there to distract you from the awful with talk about stupid reality shows you'll never watch.  Or maybe some real-life drama from all the crazy 12-steppers in my life.  But I know there's no easy way through this--the awful is just too big.  I'm sending you a hug and I am here any time you want to talk or cry.  My phone is by my bed.  And I will call you but if you don't feel like dealing with anyone that's OK too.  I love you.


Love you, friend.


Oh Natalie.  I'm so sorry.   I am happy that you are there.  

Be there as much as you can.  I know it's not easy at all living in California and having your life there.  But helping someone in pain that you love is as much palliative care for you as it is for them.  Having a focus, a bright focus for your love and energy, helps with the fear, the dread, the overwhelming helplessness and sadness.  You're a beautiful and wonderful daughter.  There won't be a moment I'm not thinking of you and your family.  


I am so sorry to hear this news, Natalie.  You always talk about your dad with such love and affection.  I'm wishing you all the strength you will need to get through this difficult time.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be helpful when you return to CA.


I'm so glad you are able to be there and be present.  All of us will face this time at some point...we're all here for you, always...    lots of love to you all.

San Diego Girl

What a blessing that you are able to be there, and have had so many wonderful years and memories together.  I am attaching the link to your "daddy" blog from a few months ago that made everyone cry with how special your relationship is: http://corndogqueen.vox.com/library/post/daddy.html

Windy City

Nat--I'm sorry this response is so late.  Just arrived back from Mexico last night.  I wish that I could say something that would make everything all better, but I know that is not possible.  Having watched my stepmother suffer from cancer, I know that this is the worst experience in the world.  I am truly sorry.  Please extend my prayers to your mom and David.  It's amazing how much strength we discover we possess in times like these.  Lean on us when you need to though as we are always here.  Love you and thinking of you....

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