October 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm #23446marylloydParticipant
I’m sorry for your loss. I really hoped things would work out but it was just too much for him. He went through so much the last few weeks Take care and we will all keep you in our thoughts. MaryOctober 12, 2008 at 6:35 am #23445jeanMember
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Butch. I had followed your difficult journey on your website and had so hoped for a good outcome. He fought so hard…you both did. Your love for each other was always so clear. I always enjoyed hearing what you were cooking up for him!
Thoughts and hope for strength and peace for you and your family.
JeanOctober 12, 2008 at 2:42 am #23444daddysgirl-2Member
Joyce and family,
Thoughts and prayers offered for your Butch and for your strength. “The will of God will not lead you where the grace of God cannot protect you”.
Be comforted that Butch did not go in vain, but as a warrior of this dreadful battle.
JoleneOctober 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm #23443jmoneypennyMember
All the sympathy in the world from the other Joyce. I know your loss is unbearable right now, but what a beautiful passing your husband had, and it was a gift from you.
I hope you find some peace in the days ahead – all good thoughts and prayers going your way,
Joyce MOctober 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm #23442paulineMember
I am so sorry for your loss but what beautiful final moments you have to remember in your heart for ever. How wonderful that you are thinking of fighting for other victims at this time. I am thinking of you at this very difficult time. Take care,
PaulineOctober 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm #23441carol58Participant
Dear Joyce, what a fighter Butch was! I’m so very sorry. How wonderful you were able to take him for a ride to see the beautiful fall leaves last week. Hold on to those and many more great memories of your lives together. May they comfort you in the days ahead. Take care of yourself.
CarolOctober 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm #23440lainyParticipant
Dearest Joyce, we are truly saddened by Butch’s passing. Even though Passing to another joyful room, where he is happy and healthy! And you eased his journey from entrapment to peace. You sound like such a wonderful, loving person. Please hang in here with all of us as your advise and your
caring are needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.October 11, 2008 at 12:14 pm #23439darlaParticipant
I am so sorry for your loss of Butch, but know he is now in a better place & no longer suffering from this terrible disease. I am glad that the end was peaceful for both of you. Just remember that he will be in your heart forever. Now we must go on & fight the fight with the VA. I know that both Jim & Butch would want us to try to help others that are or may soon be in the same situation that we have all been in. If I accomplish anything I will let you know & please let me know how you are doing also. Take care of yourself & be strong. I know that is hard to do right now, but Butch will be watching over you & giving you strength along the way. You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Hugs & Love,
DarlaOctober 11, 2008 at 10:50 am #1638jcleggMember
My sweet, sweet Butch is gone. He passed away peacefully at 9:26 PM on Thursday night. He struggled so long and so hard, and he was so brave. At the end, I held his hand and prayed with him. He couldn’t talk, but he mouthed the words that he loved me. It was a beautiful moment, if such a thing can be at a time like that. All the pain and suffering was gone, his eyes became clear, and he walked into the arms of the Lord. I was so fortunate to have my cousin Sharan here with me. She was a hospice/home health nurse for many , many years, and she flew in Monday from Dallas to stay with us. We took care of him, and hospice here helped us out, also. He was walking – and talking – right up until Tuesday, although very, very weak. As a matter of fact, I took him for a ride to see the autumn leaves last Saturday.
As I said to Lainy, I am so happy we are writing to Oprah, and fighting back against this dreadful disease. It truly is a monster. I pray for healing for all of you still fighting, and strength for the care givers. Thank you all for being here for me – it had helped tremendously. I am also writing the veterans and trying to get recognition of their part in Butch’s illmess – he is a vietnam veteran, and I believe that he got this cancer by ingesting parasites in the water supplu in Vietnam. I would like to see them post public service announcements – to get your bile ducts checked if you were in Vietnam – that could save some lives.
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