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  • Date Widowed
    September 1, 2012
  • Cause of death
    AML (MDS dx 15 months prior)

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  1. Fuck you SIL.... last year you, yet again, made sure that I knew you didn't consider me and my children (YOUR niece and nephew) part of the family ... but again when MIL needs someone to be with her for a medical procedure you expect me to drop everything and be there (MIL is 95, legally blind, has mobility issues and is sundowning to the point that she keeps asking me why DH doesn't call her anymore but I just took her to the beach for Thanksgiving because SIL hasn't taken her out of the building since putting her in assisted living last year). I made a promise to DH to watch out for MIL, but that doesn't include jumping to your bidding when you make appointments for her that you can't attend, for procedures I don't agree with, when your daughter is geographically closer and is the medical POA!
  2. My kids still hate hearing "I'm sorry for your loss", my daughter especially. She once answered, "He's not lost, he's dead". 🙄 She was 10 at the time. My new answer to death/illness is "that really sucks"- because it does; granted saying that makes me sound young/uneducated, but I think it sums most situations up nicely without using empty platitudes/triggering phrases. I'm glad you found a therapist who has helped you with a path forward.
  3. I'm late to the discussion but just wanted to say it's not silly to cry over an 11 year old couch. It's yet another piece of your lives together that is being replaced by something that he had no part in. It sucks. But it's also part of building the next chapter...so enjoy your new couch, I hope you love it and it lasts another 11 years! (I may have fought NG over getting rid of my loveseat, which actually predated DH, was almost 20 years old, and was in such sad shape that I took it to the dump instead of donating it...)
  4. twin_mom

    2,194 days.......

    This 👆 Even though I'm engaged to a great guy, I still feel married to DH in some respects... my love for him has taken a smaller role in my life, but it's still there and I still feel committed to him in some aspects.
  5. twin_mom

    Grief and Friends

    @KrypticKat - that sucks that you've been excluded. Maybe it's for a valid reason, similar to why you left her out of the birthday memorial...but it still stings and is disappointing.
  6. twin_mom

    3 things I did today

    1. watched my 2 year old step-grandson (DH's daughter's son) - I'll be watching him most of this month to help my stepdaughter out since she started a new job today but doesn't have childcare until the new year. My kids are 16, so it was fun to have a toddler- but honestly I was working (&traveling) when mine were 2 so I rarely dealt with them all day by myself! (I went back to work when mine were 15 months old) 2. I got the call that DH's storage unit was officially closed out (he's been gone over 7 years and I finally got rid of everything in the unit, which was mostly his dad's stuff- yes, I was paying a small fortune to store the belongings of a man who died before I even met DH....) 3. I may have bought myself a few things for Christmas during the cyber monday sales. 😮
  7. twin_mom

    Just Trudging Forward

    I don't think the purposelessness ever fully goes away. I'm 7 years 1.5 months out and I still have days that I'm empty, when I miss him so much. Even though for all intents and purposes I've rebuilt my life- I'm engaged to a wonderful man, my children are doing fantastic, and I'm lookibg forward to what I'm going to do next professionally (as soon as I can figure out that's going to be). But I don't want those empty days to go away; I feel that they're a sign of how great our love was and how important he was to me and I'm okay with paying the price of that emptiness for the glorious years we had together.
  8. twin_mom

    She's growing into him

    Mine were 9 when he died, but barely remember him.... and there are days when I think he didn't die but split himself into these two wonderful kids we made. He's in my son's expressions, my daughter's attitudes, both their stupid jokes....
  9. twin_mom

    10 years

    I just passed seven years, and you've been a fixture in my life since then. I'm so amazed by you and your ability to continue on and continue to try to find happiness. You have inspired and touched so many of us.
  10. twin_mom

    Returning to Oz…

    I wish you all the best with this new chapter. You're so right sometimes we need a little distance to remember all the reasons why we love a place and we need to be there.
  11. twin_mom


    I won't tell you not to feel guilty, it's what you're feeling and therefore valid. I will tell you my husband had MDS (meleodysplastic syndrome). I told his doctor in late January something was wrong - both the doctor and DH told me no. February comes, his back pain is worse, ortho can't figure out what's wrong, PT isn't helping. By the end of the month he's rarely getting out of bed. By end of March, pain had spread to his hip and knee, he's completely bed ridden, doctor still says MDS wouldn't cause this, but send the MRI the ortho had done as it will give him a look at how his bone marrow is doing. April 16 he sends the CD to the doctor. I come home from work that day, he's in tears - no, he hasn't heard from the doctor, but he spent all day trying and he can't orgasm anymore, "I think something's wrong with me" Are you f****** kidding me?!! The fact that you haven't gotten out of bed in over a month, you've lost over 20 pounds, you're alternating opioids every 3 hours but still can't get the pain under control and you sleep all the time but you didn't think anything was wrong with you but when you can't get off is your hint that something must be wrong? I couldn't even. About an hour later that evening the doctor himself did call, he looked at the MRI, there's what looks like leukemia tumors in his knee and we need to be at the hospital by 7 a.m. the next morning for an unscheduled bone marrow biopsy. by the end of the week we find out he has full-blown leukemia and he's in the hospital to start chemotherapy and 104 days later they send them home to me to die because while they got rid of the leukemia his bone marrow never recovers and he's unable to make blood any longer and he has secondary infections which is preventing him from going to bone marrow transplant and there's nothing left they can do. The day he came home from the hospital in August all I could think was in January I told them something was wrong. If we had discovered the leukemia in January maybe he'd still be here. unlike you I was there listing all the symptoms. For months. It didn't matter. So maybe if you had been there they would have found the sepsis earlier. But maybe they wouldn't. Maybe they would have said he had the flu and done a flu test. we'll never know what might have happened; at the end of the day we're both left to live the rest of our lives without our loves. You didn't pick an essay over him. A horrible situation happened and you've been left to make sense of the senseless and pick up the pieces.
  12. twin_mom

    Stuck Again

    Getting stuck seems to come in waves for me, even after six years. Be kind to yourself, grieving is exhausting work that continues in the background of your life for a really long time. One thing I have found that helps me get unstuck is to indulge what I call "my grief monster".... I try to really listen to myself, find what's consuming my thoughts, and then give it all my attention... Another thing is prioritize the to-do list and try to get one thing a week done.
  13. twin_mom

    No will

    My husband has been gone for 6.5 years and I still haven't done all the paperwork - for example his name is still on a car, i never closed one of his accounts (long story)- you don't have to do it all at once. Give yourself time and space when you need it.
  14. twin_mom

    Wish I could die today

    Don't apologize for the negativity!! It is where you are right now - and this is the one place you can be totally honest about where you are. What happened to the life you had completely sucks - it's totally unfair that our lives were shredded while others get to continue merrily on their chosen paths.

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  • Date Widowed
    September 1, 2012
  • Cause of death
    AML (MDS dx 15 months prior)

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