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And then came cancer

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by ilovepoppies, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well she's beginning to be able to do some 'normal things' and whilst taking precautions and avoiding any crowds can do a bit of socialising.
    She's still got regular checks at the hospital, so life will revolve around those a fair bit of the time.

    I think she also feels stronger and has attempted some things like gardening recently and doing a fair bit of baking. ;)
  2. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Thank you - all positive, then - great news all round.
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  3. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Senior commenter

    Brilliant news regarding GL. I'm so pleased to hear it. I'm also glad that you are ok Lara and ilp is making progress with her recovery.

    Warmest wishes to all on this thread.
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  4. friedgreentomatoes

    friedgreentomatoes Star commenter

    Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Best wishes to all for a continuing recovery.
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  5. peapicker

    peapicker Star commenter

    Those of you who have been posting a very long time may remember the poster @slieber24. She is an American teacher who worked in the UK, in a school to the west of London. She is a phenomenal teacher, but had a bad experience with workplace bullying because of her activities as a union rep. She took action against her school and got it named and shamed in the House of Lords.

    She was a generous, informed and wise supporter of teachers on Workplace Dilemmas, in the days when posters had the benefit of advice from very experienced and knowledgeable senior teachers such as @Middlemarch, @TheoGriff and @oldgreywolf. She was an incredible support to me, when I went through my own devastating workplace experience.

    Since moving back to the States, she has had a very successful teaching career. She has often been named Teacher of the Year in her schools, the last time was only last month. She has coached many students in chess, who are successful in tournaments both in her State and wider afield, sometimes against opponents from much bigger and better-resourced schools.

    She had been feeling unwell for a while and last month had the devastating diagnosis that she had a very rare and aggressive Stage 4 cancer. With her family and medical team, she chose hospice care. She recently asked to be moved to a hospice closer to her family and this has happened over this weekend.

    Her brother has just shared the following message, which I have edited, to protect their identity:

    "[My sister] has moved to another hospice facility safely. I believe this was her way of making a decision on her own ie, “getting the last word in.”

    I’m sorry to say she’s begun declining. We are requesting privacy during her last hours or day(s). We don’t know how long this stage will last, but she has begun detaching herself and preparing to leave this world.

    We will be providing more information when appropriate. Thank you again for your prayers and support."

    Please keep her in your hearts and thoughts and prayers, if you pray. If you remember her, I would be happy to pass on any messages to her brother for her.
  6. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    How terribly sad and upsetting for those who knew her. She sounded to be a remarkable woman. In our thoughts.
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  7. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    My thoughts too for slieber and her family.
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  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Why is it the 'good people' seem to have horrible things happen? I know it's not that simple, but horrible to hear of yet another case, especially with such a prognosis. :(
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  9. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    I never knew slieber24, but have only heard good things spoken about her. What a shame, I am so sorry to read this sad news.
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  10. peapicker

    peapicker Star commenter

    I am very sad to have to pass on the news that @slieber24 has died.

    There is to be a memorial service in her school this evening.

  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Gosh that was quick. :( Her family and students must be feeling very devastated. :( So good to have a memorial service to celebrate her life and contributions.

    (In my ignorance :oops: is the message, in Arabic?, the same as what you posted or does it say something else about slieber?)
  12. peapicker

    peapicker Star commenter

    It's in Aramaic, I believe, though I am no expert. It is the Kaddish. SLieber was Jewish.
  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I did wonder, but all those dots under the 'letters' seemed to suggest it wasn't Hebrew. Never thought about Aramaic. :oops:

    Exalted and hallowed be God’s great name in the world which God created, according to plan. May God’s majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime and the life of all Israel — speedily, imminently, to which we say: Amen.

    Blessed be God’s great name to all eternity.

    Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort. To which we say: Amen.
    May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel. To which we say: Amen.
    May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace us and to all Israel. To which we say: Amen.

    And Amen to that.
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  14. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As promised an update on GL

    GL is indeed recovering and there is still some danger as she still has little of an immune system even after more than 15 months after the bone marrow transplant. :( She had 'Graft versus Host disease' for a while which had to be treated and delayed rebuilding her immune system. She is hoping soon to be able to have some of those 'childhood jabs' , but building up immunity to things like colds will take longer no doubt.

    She is still has little social contact but can meet people' in open spaces' provided they have been clear of germs for 48 hrs.and still has regular visits to the hospital to check her system. So life is still 'not normal' as we would think of it.

    I'll pass everyone's best wishes on to her.
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  15. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    Please do as I miss her on here still! :) I agree with your previous comments about what has happened to the good former tes posters.
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  16. lynneseptember

    lynneseptember Senior commenter

    Thank you for updating us, Lara.
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  17. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Thank you for the update, Lara. Glad to hear that GL is on the road to recovery. Very best wishes to all on this thread x
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  18. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I haven't looked in here for a long time but am glad the news is generally good. Sorry to hear about Slieber. She was a good read on here back when she posted.
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  19. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Thank you for the update @Lara mfl 05
    Please let GL know that she is often in our thoughts.
  20. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Being prompted by someone's asking after GL/ GLsghost on another thread, I thought perhaps I ought to update anyone following/ interested in her progress.

    GL/GLsghost is now 2 years past early treatment, which is the main danger period for recurrence and of course not yet 2 years past bone-marrow transplant, so her immune system is still trying to regenerate- in her case quite slowly it appears. I was due to see her quite recently, but we had to cancel due to sickness. One can't take any chances, even with 'minor things' for someone in her position, as even a small tummy upset could lead to potentially dangerous consequences.

    I will certainly pass on everyone's best wishes when next I contact her.
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