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Largehearted I miss living in Europe, specifically Munich, GermanyI like to think out loud. Some of my ruminations can be found at beinganddoing.wordpress.com. I love to cook and eat, but hate to clean up. I tend to be confident in my opinions, but will change when presented with a compelling enough reason/argument. Find out more about Largehearted
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  • Memorial Service

    About a month ago I let you all know how my cousin died very unexpectedly. This past weekend I was in FL to help conduct the memorial service.

    It was very sad to see my uncle and aunt bury their last child. All three have now pre-deceased them. On the other hand we had some great time together and it felt so good to be able to encourage them, love them, and listen to them tell stories of Mariesa (my cousin).

    I have never led in a funeral/memorial of a close relative in that way so it was a stretch for me emotionally, but in spite of the difficulty, this was a positive weekend (not counting Delta Airlines, missed connecting flights, and winding up the the wrong city on the way home - but that's a story for another time).

    Peace,

    Leon
    God Squad co-moderator
    Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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    Leon,

    I am glad that your large heart enabled you to help your family in this way! Thanks for letting us know how it went.

    Rhoda

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    • #3
      I'm sorry for the circumstances, but I'm glad that you were able to spend some time reconnecting with your family. Your trip sounds like a nightmare, though!

      Reenie
      Reenie

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      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      • #4
        Leon, peace be with you and may your heart heal from the saddness.

        Pam
        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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        • #5
          Leon,

          I can't imagine what it was like for your aunt and uncle to bury their last child, but it surely must have been quite comforting to have you there with them.

          Take care,

          Jim
          "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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          • #6
            Leon, Thinking of you and your family, Linda

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            • #7
              Leon,

              I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Please except my sincerest condolences.

              I wish your family peace, especially your Aunt and Uncle.

              Hugs,

              Eve
              49 yrs. old
              Diagnosed at 31.
              Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
              First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
              Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
              Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
              My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
              2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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