To Cindy's family,
I was thinking about Cindy yesterday and decided to check her Journal guest book today. I didn't realize you have been posting on Cindy's journal as we don't get notifications of new posts unless we specifically look for them.
I just wanted to let you know that Cindy and I connected via email before her surgery. She was very hopeful and had a wonderful attitude. It breaks my heart to think about her family and what sadness you must be going through.
I think of Cindy, her children and husband often.
To all that met my sister here on this forum, and who are disheartened by her passing, this message is for you. I love my sister very much, and I will miss her dearly til we meet again in heaven. Although this surgery, for whatever reason did not work out for her, it was still necessary to try. Without it, the end result would have been the same.
I know my sister well enough to know that she would not want any of you to be discouraged by her results. But fear of the unknown is always hard to control and come to terms with. I believe that my sister, even now holds all of you in her prayers.
I encourage all who read this to keep the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and remember that she really is in a better place.
My personal message to all of you is simple. Read this book.
"Heaven is for Real".
Don't fear your journey because of the passing of my sister, or worry about the what lies ahead.
Renew your faith in God with the beautiful story from the mouth of this small boy. Take relief in the knowledge that, no matter what happens, "Heaven is for real".
The book was written by the boys father Todd Dorpo with Lynn Vincent.
If reading this book has helped you in any way, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. and please share with others who may be struggling.
Cindy my sister, I miss you so much. I know we talked and decided that I should stay with my daughter in her time of need, to help her and my family in our personal struggle with her anorexia. I just wish I could have been there with you as well. I never thought it would come to this, and that I'd never be able to see, or talk to you again. As your big brother, I promise to help Pete with Corey, Sean, and Eileen. Until we are together in heaven with all of the rest of our loved ones, Know that I love you more than words can express. I lost my sister and friend, and God gained one heck of an Angel. Spread your wings and fly Peewee, love Robbie Weed.
Even though I know you are no longer here with us physically, writing to you still makes me feel like you are. As I read thru your journal and all of your postings, I smile because you were such an AMAZING person. It's been a month since you left us and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you or cry for you. My heart is still so broken and I miss you so much. I try to be strong and focus on all the wonderful and great memories you left me but I can't help but feel so sad without you here. Peter and the kids miss you so much. I pray for them every night, asking God to give them strength to get thru all this hurt.
I love you sis. Thank you for being more then the sister-in-law you were. Thank you for being a sister to me, a true best friend to me and for always being there for me and for anyone who ever needed a smile on their face. You are my angle. This is not end as I will see you again someday.
- You're love is like the wind. I can't see it but I can feel it all around us.
This post just hit my email box and have no words to describe what I am feeling at this moment. To Cindy's family, I am thinking about and Cindy; I will never forget the friendship we shared. I miss you so very much
My mother is 85 years old, and has recently been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. CArdiac surgeion said she has 10% risk in surgery, but 20% risk if she does not have the valve replaced.my mother does not have any co-morbidities, and her angio showed a normal heart with all arteries open. Our family is very anxious about post operational period -- its duration and what affect it would have on her quality of life (right now she is functional -- walking, eating, talking, reading )
My husband has been deeply affected by Cindy's passing; he was really close to her on the heart valve journal and stunned to hear of her death. One sentence in your notice caught my attention--"she is with her Lord"--that lifted my heart. She is, you know. There were eyewitnesses--He is really risen. We are praying for you and are so sorry for your loss.
--Donna and Jim Smith
I'm just now getting the strength to post something. My wife told me about Cindy a couple nights ago and I stood there simply shocked as tears welled up in my eyes. I had Ross on 2/27 and have blessed with a fast, full recovery (thank you Lord). Cindy and I spoke just days before her surgery a couple of times. I gave Cindy some little tips to make her comfortable during her hospital stay -- she sounded incredibly strong and ready. I remember wishing I had the strength she had! Though I barely knew you Cindy, you are my valve sister and we all love you here. It was such a pleasure to speak with you and see true courage. Your family is in our prayers.
Dear Cindy's family,
I'm so sorry to hear the news of your loss. Although I never met Cindy in person, we became real friends through this heart valve journal community. Just from reading her postings (including those to my guestbook) I could tell what am amazing, caring person she was. My prayers are with all of you. May God bless and comfort you.
- Jim Smith
To the family of Cindy, I am sooo sorry to hear of this news and shocked. Cindy and I were just becoming close on HVJ and I enjoyed hearing from her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. She is in a beautiful place though and will be looking down on you. Love and Hugs
Dear Cindy's family,
So sad to hear about Cindy. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. So sad that she passed away at this time when her before her daughter's graduation.
Carol J. (future OHS patient)
I am unbelievably shocked and saddened by this news. My condolences to your entire family. She seemed so strong, positve and loving. I guess this is a reminder of how fragile we all really are. I am truly sorry for your loss.
I'm so sad that we lost Cindy. She was so brave and welcoming, filled with grace. I can't imagine what it is like for you, the family. She wanted to spend many more years with you and did what she had to to try and make that happen because she loved you so much. -- DVB
Peter, Lori, family,
I am SO sorry. Cindy and I had been exchanging emails before her surgery. We have kids about the same age. She told me of your daughters high school graduation and sons going back to college.
I am SO sorry.
I have never been in a situation like this before where I feel so connected to someone I've never met.
I've got to digest this for a while.
I am so sad to hear this shocking news. Cindy was always so quick with the supportive comments to many of us. I am sending my prayers and support to her family at this difficult time. She will be missed by us all.
We are so sorry to hear this devastating news and will keep you all in our prayers. Cindy was one of the first to write me after my first post on Heart Valve Journals. I could tell what a generous person she was by her thoughtful comments and words of encouragement. I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. This was a complete shock and we want you to know that along with our family, she has touched many lives here on HVJ. I believe that God always takes the best ones first and pray that your family and Cindy’s friends can find some peace in the days ahead.
I am so, so sorry. I'm sure I should write something eloquent, but I am just in shock. Cindy was the very first person to "welcome" me to HVJs and she was always very supportive and positive. I will continue to pray for your whole family.
It is with such sadness in my heart that I write this, having just received your email. I felt particularly close to Cindy since we were scheduled so close together for our surgeries, and it was good to "converse" via HVJ. You have my deepest sympathy.
But it is also with joy to know that she is now with her Lord. May he comfort all of you at this hour, and continue to hold you up.
Lori and Peter, there are no words....prayers for comfort and healing are being sent your way. How hard this is for everyone, even though we didn't "know" Cindy, she was a part of our lives! May you take comfort in your memories of her.
Hi Cindy, I'm sorry I've been off HVJ since I started work. I'm so glad to hear it all went so well for you. Good luck with your recovery. There will be times when you feel like you're not progressing. This is normal. I encourage you (like others), to take short walks. This will definitely make you feel better. Take care. Lily