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Old 04-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #106  
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Thanks for sharing that with us Rosebud. Those words means so much
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:30 AM   #107  
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Angie here:
Thank you all so much for your prayers these past months during Gary's battle with cancer. He fought to the end, but finally was able to let go and pass into the arms of our Savior.
He passed very peacefully at home surrounded with his family.

This maybe very forward of me, but I've had many people ask... I have set up a webpage for donations to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Gary and I have participated in this event for the past three years. This year I participate without him. It's going to be tough.
If you'd like to make a donation in Gary's memory, let me know and I will send you the link.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #108  
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Angie-

Thanks for the update. I would be interested in the Relay for Life link. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

God Bless-

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Angie-I'm also interested in the link. We've been supporters of the Relay for Life in the past and would love to give in honor of Gary. God bless you and your family. You're in my prayers.
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ANGIE ~ thanks so much for coming by and filling us in at this time. Sending up ^prayers^ for you and your family as well ...
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Angie, I appreciate you taking the time to keep us posted. I saw your Relay For Life on Facebook and I do intend to donate.
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http://main.acsevents.org/goto/garymiller

Above is the link to The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Gary and I walked the 2am to 4am shift of this relay for the past 3 years-- we were the only ones crazy enough to take that shift. It was actually kind of fun...
It will be lonely doing it without him this year, but I'm sure his kids and most of the rest of his family will join me.

I cannot begin to thank you all for your prayers and support these past months. It has really meant a lot to me and to Gary.

3FC was a big part of Gary's life for the past 11+ years. He used to joke that he was a "yoga widower". There were times when I thought I was a "3FC widow"!!
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #113  
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There were times when I thought I was a "3FC widow"!!
ANGIE ~ I can certainly understand how you might think that too. We certainly enjoyed having GARY here. He blessed many people over the years with his wonderful sense humor, quick wit & writing skills, support & encouragement, plus love and prayers. He will be greatly missed for sure.

^Prayers^ will continue for you all, esp during that Relay for Cancer. What day is that held in the US? We have them up here in Canada too and even in our little town. I wonder if it is held on the same day. Several of our family members have had cancer -- both parents & Aunts & Uncles: some are survivors, some were blessed with extended lives, and some have gone home. Our lives have been touched by this disease a lot (starting with our mother when I was 17 y/o), including myself and our friend, BARGOO here plus many others (and GARY & his family too). It seems almost every week that I receive an email about someone else we know that is battling the big "C" and needs prayers ...

So, my DH & I have supported the Cancer Society and the run in the past; and plan to again. Who knows -- maybe some day I could even participate a little as my walking gets better. I look forward to it. In the meanwhile, we'll do what we can ...

BTW, EVERYONE ~ we will be going to the city tomorrow for my chemo exam/tests; if all is well, we will go back the next day (Tuesday, April 16, 2013) for my #3 round of CHEMO. I would really appreciate prayers for travel mercies and that my blood platelets are OK; and of course for the Chemo Day itself. Thanks so much ...

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Old 04-14-2013, 07:33 PM   #114  
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Angie, thank you for sharing Gary with us. He has been a great blessing to me and also has given me some good laughs. I have admired his Christian Testimony and his devotion to his family. God Bless you and your family .
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I never knew Gary personally but knew his soul over the internet. A wonderful soul he had and now lives with our Lord Jesus. My heart cries for his soul was and is always my friend. He as Rosebud picked me up a many of times with their unconditional love , thank you Lord for bringing Gary and all here into my life and making a good difference in my life. God bless you all. Thank you Lord for sharing good people, you love, with me and others. Will miss you Gary but got a feeling, your helping the Lord by looking over all your family and this site, your workers, friends and guiding with wisdom and insight and Jesus love. You truly made a good difference in my life.
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Praying tonight for those injured in Boston, and praying for family and loved ones of those that died.
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people and runners that were injured in Boston today. So very sad!
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BOOTSIE & BARGOO ~ beautiful thoughts and sentiments about GARY for which we agree wholeheartedly. I also believe that he and others who have passed over may very likely work with our LORD and angels to pass on wisdom & help to family, friends, co-workers, and favorite causes, etc.

I have had dreams that indicate that this is so; and I know that is what I would want to be doing when I pass over to the next realm -- helping others even more with the amazing insight and awesome power that GOD will share with us when we are there. Oh, what possibilities ...


We went to my exam today and it's a go for CHEMO ROUND #3 tomorrow at 8 am 'til early afternoon. Boy, we have to get up really early for this one, but early in, also means, early out too. My blood platelets are still a bit low -- 109 and normal is 150; but I can still have the chemo if they are over 100 but my oncologist is adjusting the meds again by 10% to try and compensate for that and to see if it helps.

Would appreciate prayers for travel mercies; and that my blood platelets stay up better this time. Plus that all other side effects are minimal, esp no fever, infections, viruses, and nausea, etc. I am so grateful for all your support and prayers -- and I know they are helping. Thank you all so much ...
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Heavenly Father.grant Rosebud a safe trip to her chemo session. I ask , too that her blood platelets do not fall to low so that she may have her chemo.Asking that her chemo will not cause her a lot of side effects, no fever or infections or nausea. Asking this in the precious name of Jesus.
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My heart is sad today coming here and reading about Gary's passing, EZ, may you rest in peace my friend. I will miss his chatter around the boards, he was such a great family guy, funny, kind, caring, spiritual, personable guy & he always made me smile & laugh on this forum, he called me "Evil" and I will always remember him dearly with fond memories! Angie my deepest sympathies to you & yours, God bless. In honor of the 5k, I will wear my comfiest biker boots & do a long walk in memory of dear Gary, being he liked my style in boots, these boots were made for walking! When I am done with my walk, I will stop by a bar for a cold brewski taking one for team Gary! I miss you already bud, RIP.

Whether it be a man or a woman suffering with a terminal illness, this is a neat story for all the spiritual folks here & I thought I would share it with all of you.
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Woman and the Fork
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with
a terminal illness and had been given three months
to live. So as she was getting her things 'in
order,' she contacted her Pastor and had him come to
her house to discuss certain aspects of her final
wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the
service, what scriptures she would like read, and
what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing
to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered
something very important to her.

'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly..

'What's that?' came the Pastor's reply?

'This is very important,' the young woman continued.
'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not
knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman
asked.

'Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,'
said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. 'My grandmother once told
me this story, and from that time on I have always
tried to pass along its message to those I love and
those who are in need of encouragement. In all my
years of attending socials and dinners, I always
remember that when the dishes of the main course
were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean
over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite
part because I knew that something better was
coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish
apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'

So, I just want people to see me there in that
casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to
wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to
tell them: 'Keep your fork ..the best is yet to
come.'

The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he
hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would
be one of the last times he would see her before her
death. But he also knew that the young woman had a
better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better
grasp of what heaven would be like than many people
twice her age, with twice as much experience and
knowledge. She KNEW that something better was
coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young
woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was
wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over
and over, the Pastor heard the question, 'What's
with the fork?' And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of
the conversation he had with the young woman shortly
before she died. He also told them about the fork and
about what it symbolized to her. He told the people
how he could not stop thinking about the fork and
told them that they probably would not be able to
stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for
your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that
the best is yet to come. Friends are a very rare
jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you
to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the
memories you share. Being friends with someone is not
an opportunity, but a sweet responsibility.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND...and
I'll bet this will be an Email they do remember,
every time they pick up a fork!
And just remember...keep your fork!
The BEST is yet to come!
God Bless You
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