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Athena53 replied to Riley's discussion I don't want this life in the group Widowed in 2016
"In one sense, it was long- he was diagnosed with polycythemia 10 years ago, which meant his bone marrow was making too many red blood cells.  We knew it was likely to morph into something bad and he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia…"
6 hours ago
Athena53 replied to Riley's discussion I don't want this life in the group Widowed in 2016
"It's so sad to read about what a hard time everyone here is having adjusting to the changes life has thrown at them.  I'm in Costa Rica after a week-long cruise starting with transit through the Panama Canal, followed by snorkeling,…"
8 hours ago
Athena53 replied to CarolinaHeart's discussion TRAVELING ALONE? in the group Born in the 50s
"Pat, you sound like a kindred spirit! DH died in November and in his last months I booked a small-ship, nature-focused cruise in Panama and Costa Rica.  I just got back on-line; the cruise ended this AM and I'm in San Jose, Costa Rica for…"
23 hours ago
Athena53 replied to Rosbert1227's discussion To sell our home or make it work?
"DH and I moved into the home where I now live 2 years ago.  I was 62 and he was 77 with chronic health issues, so I knew I'd likely end up alone in the house  He died last November.  I love the house and have no plans to move…"
Athena53 commented on kellygreenstrat (Colin)'s blog post Heard it in a Love Song
"Last night I was on a plane to Panama listening to music when I decided I wanted something more contemplative than "Paradise by the Dashboard" light. I chose "Your long Journey" by Robert Plant and Alison Krause and cried through…"
Apr 14
Athena53 commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"Thanks.  I'm pretty sure I will.  My husband and I took this line within Alaska twice and loved their laid-back, nature-focused approach. "
Apr 12
Athena53 replied to ashleynicole8378's discussion Need some advice please?
"I had another thought on why relationships change after one half of a couple dies.  Elsewhere here, people have observed that their marriages/partnerships had 3 components:  them, their loved one and their existence as a couple.  The…"
Apr 12
Athena53 replied to lowrsr (Sherry)'s discussion Wedding Rings in the group Widowed in 2016
"I was in the middle of cleaning the kitchen but had to stop and post this.  The wedding band DH had when he died was a replacement of the original.  The first one, which was platinum, disappeared 2 years ago when we moved.  DH was…"
Apr 12
Athena53 commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"I don't know if travel by retired people is still defined as "vacation", but I just printed out my boarding passes for tomorrow's flights and I feel like I need one! Still recovering from a cold I got from my delightful…"
Apr 12
Athena53 replied to Riley's discussion I don't want this life in the group Widowed in 2016
"Please don't feel bad about the stem cell transplant decision. My husband died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia but wasn't a candidate for SCT due to his age (77) and other health issues.  From what I've seen on the FaceBook AML group,…"
Apr 12
Athena53 replied to ashleynicole8378's discussion Need some advice please?
"Steve- thanks for this long, eloquent story about how relationships change after the death of a loved one.  I'm glad you had so many supportive friends and family members around in Mike's last days and for the funeral even though…"
Apr 11
Athena53 replied to Mozzie's discussion Looking to Put Together Resources for soon-to-be-widowed in the group Long-Term Illness
"I think this would be really practical but also too much for some people to face just after receiving the news that their loved one has a terminal illness.  Heck, most healthy people don't want to make out wills or health-care directives…"
Apr 8
Athena53 replied to only1sue's discussion What are the fundamentals of dating in your 60s and 70s?
"Well, I think some of the widows here could say the same thing about not wanting to spoil the lives we've made for ourselves!  I'm retired, financially comfortable, have a house I love, and pretty much don't have to answer to…"
Apr 7
Athena53 commented on only1sue's blog post Grieving pain and rain
"I miss that about my husband, too.  I'm a worrier and can nearly always find good stuff to worry about!  Ron was mellower and could always help me put things in perspective.  I have plenty of other people I can talk to-friends…"
Apr 7
Athena53 commented on Soaring Spirits's group Widowed in 2016
"catapan, I'd love that.  I've already blown through this year's travel budget and will be visiting India next March, but if there are no other burning financial priorities I should be able to get to Edinburgh next summer. …"
Apr 5
Athena53 commented on Soaring Spirits's group Widowed in 2016
"catapan- thanks for an inspiring post- all of us have to get through various things for the first time without our loved ones.  It sounds like you've got a really supportive group. My two highest priorities for distributing DH's ashes…"
Apr 5

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At 2:46pm on November 28, 2016, wannabmartha said…

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