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  • Sarah As Moderator

    Dear HCMA family,

    I have been moderating the HCMA's message board for over two years now, and before that I was moderating the Cardiomyopathy/Arrhythmias board at iVillage.com for two years before that. You are all very important to me and I've enjoyed being the Moderator here very much.

    However, you may have noticed in the last few months that I haven't been posting with my usual verve and frequency. You guys all deserve the best I have to offer, and I don't have it right now to give. So I have decided, after much consideration, to step back from my role as Moderator for a while. I am going to go cold turkey on the board entirely for a bit--in part because I'm going on vacation in a couple days and won't have access to a computer --and partly because I just need to focus on my life right now.

    I will not be able to attend the annual meeting this year, either, which is a very mixed blessing. I will be attending a trade show that is vital to my chosen career path, but Lisa has put together the best meeting ever and I'm really looking into getting cloned so I can attend both!

    I know I'm leaving you in good hands --Reenie and Pat are very accomplished and have been doing a fine job of moderating the board and I'm know they will continue to do so.

    Lisa and I have not set a date for my return, but I'm guessing you should look for me in the fall sometime.

    So no one is allowed to be really sick while I'm away --capice?
    Take good care of yourselves and each other and wish me luck!

    With thanks and best wishes,

    Sarah Beckley

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    Re: Sarah As Moderator

    You will be greatly missed! As an avid reader, your comments and postings have been a blessing to me.

    I send you love and light across the virtual world. May your time away bring you great renewal and strength.

    Sharon Bates


    • #3
      Re: Sarah As Moderator

      Sarah, we will miss your insight.

      I hope you have a relaxing break and look forward to your coming back with all your knowledge and humor in the fall.
      Michelle - mom to Krista and Tyler both HCM
      Krista surgeries: 3/97 myectomy, 2/99 mitral valve replacement
      Tyler surgery: 1/98 myectomy


      • #4
        Re: Sarah As Moderator

        Sarah,We allready miss ya !! Hope you can get everything back where it needs to be and then be able to come back here, even if its in a lesser capacity .Good luck and hope to here from you soon. Rich
        Allways remember you cannot control the wind!!
        However you can adjust your sails!!


        • #5
          Re: Sarah As Moderator

          Sarah, I totally understand. I'll miss you, but you take care of yourself and focus on yourself for a while. We'll be here when you get back.


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


          • #6
            Re: Sarah As Moderator

            Sarah and I had a nice talk last night and I know I speak for all of us when I wish her a nice "break". Sarahs thoughts and insight have provided a great deal of help to so many.
            As I said to Sarah - this is "our community" and she is a big part of that. I do hope to see her here as a visitor gathering support and encouragement from the rest of us.

            Enjoy your trip, relax and have a nice time!
            Please know that you are always welcomed to return to your position as moderator.

            Be well...and BIG HUGS!

            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


            • #7
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              Sarah--You have done and wonderful job and will be missed. Best wishes on things going the way you want them to. We'll be looking for you to come back in the Fall. Sue


              • #8
                Re: Sarah As Moderator


                I'll miss ya sweetie! Most of all because in your posts you tend to shoot straight from the hip just like i do. It's refreshing to see that from another person, even though sometimes i know people would love to get their hands around my throat and say 'jim, what the heck are you saying?'. I have always appreciated your candor.

                Take good care of yourself

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


                • #9
                  Re: Sarah As Moderator

                  Thanks, everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, Jim, I think there are a few people who will be very happy to see me take a break for that very reason!

                  by the way --if anyone has PM'ed me, I'm not getting them. You can e-mail me at [email protected] (unless Tim disabled the address?).

                  Thanks again!



                  • #10
                    Re: Sarah As Moderator

                    Originally posted by Sarah
                    by the way --if anyone has PM'ed me, I'm not getting them. You can e-mail me at [email protected] (unless Tim disabled the address?)
                    That email address should still work.
                    Thanks, Tim
                    Forum Administrator


                    • #11
                      Re: Sarah As Moderator

                      Sarah, you've done a great job and we will all miss you. Thanks for all you've done. Have a great vacation, and we'll talk soon, Linda


                      • #12
                        Re: Sarah As Moderator

                        Note: e-mail works (thanks, Tim!) and PM seems to be ok now too.

                        Don't worry, I'll stop by and pester you all from time to time.



                        • #13
                          Re: Sarah As Moderator

                          You'll be deeply missed. Thanks for all of your help and support.

                          Have a great vacation!
                          HOCM, Septal Myectomy 10/02 (Mayo Clinic), Medtronic ICD 10/07, TIA 10/07


                          • #14
                            Re: Sarah As Moderator

                            Sarah, take care of yourself, we'll miss you and hope to see u back soon.
                            Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
                            So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
                            Good luck and stay well.


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                              Re: Sarah As Moderator

                              Sarah, I will miss you and your information and insights, too! I've been gone a few days and am just now reading the Board. As I read through this topic (I can never remember the "correct" term for a string of postings about the same thing!), I found myself thinking I'm glad to be part of such a warm and accepting family as we are here. Taking time off for oneself is expected and honored. No one makes an attempt to claim another's energies. And we welcome new folks and returnees without rancor.

                              Do you realize how uncommon that is in today's world???? Are we great for each other or what???



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