I'm sorry to have to let everyone know that Ann passed away Saturday night from an uncontrollable viral lung infection. Ann was 74 yrs. old. Her husband Bud called me a few minutes ago. Her children visited her in the hospital Saturday morning and she wasn't too bad. She was able to have a nice visit with them. Something happened after that and she passed away at 10:00 P.M.
Her ashes are to be scattered in the lake there in B.C. and some in a lake in Mexico. There will be no funeral but there will be a gathering of the family when they scatter the ashes in B.C.
Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Nov 13, 2013 7:51:19 GMT -5
Ann's passing truly set me on my keestra. We all knew she'd not been well and, she recently put up a post about salt therapy (there's a spa I believe in B.C) And; the last time she logged on was the 4th which was a Monday. Ann was also one of those members who came on frequently but quite often didn't log on so it's possible she was in after that. (after the 4th that is)
And then, she passed away on Saturday; the 9th.
How quickly things can happen....
Probably the best way for me/us to honour her, and considering that this is COPD Awareness Month and World COPD Day is the 20th, is to remind/share something from last year.
In the past, and through the organization, as one of the things we'd do was to make a formal type encouragement /request for members to contact their respective provincial or State Governments to seek a proclamation for World COPD Day. (As one of the World COPD Day events we'd plan via the Network.) Although I've made a request of members here this year on a less formal platform, sadly this year it appears nothing formal was planned in the organization.
I want you to know that Ann, had she been able, would have followed through. How do I know?
Last year she contacted the BC Provincial Govt requesting the date be proclaimed COPD Day (It has to be passed by legislation etc) Their legal dept wanted more information and "substantiated" (proof) statistically speaking so Ann contacted me to help her through the back and forth and the writing/qualifying of statements. And believe me when I tell you there was a LOT of correspondence. More than any I'd done or helped with before for any of the Provincial governments.!
Ann was determined and wasn't deterred!
Well; lo and behold; this lady from BC did a first for that province and the proclamation was read in the Legislature on World COPD Day and the original given to her...
The proclamation was physically rather large, she and Bud took it to Staples and had a color copy made.
Though I protested, she insisted I have the original for my office and she sent it to me.
I've looked at it many times this past year each time I do, I've thought of her and her tenacity and desire to want to "do something."
Although I'll be sending a card to her family on behalf of all of us, I've decided that I'll also send the original back as a cherished keepsake for her family.
She was.... one woman, with one Voice and one computer.
And she made a difference in her province. For that, and more, I thank her.
Like Blossom I am in total shock. Scared, too, as Ann and I had many of the same problems with this illness. We used to talk a lot and share experiences. Shows how important it is to keep safe from other people's germs and how easy it is no matter how hard we try not to catch something and when it gets a hold of your lungs it's really hard to shake it. My prayers go out to Bud and the rest of the family. She was a kind soul and one I wish I could have met in person. I can just picture her sitting with me and talking and it brings tears to my eyes to know I won't have another conversation with her. I didn't know about her work for COPD day and it makes me all the prouder to have known her. What a beautiful woman both inside and out. I must also say that as scared as this makes me feel about the future, I am also glad that she is no longer suffering. Those of us that have been close to the end know how difficult it is to breathe and how it must have been for her that night. I pray she didn't suffer.
Thank you, Sandy, for letting us know. I know you talked to Ann a lot and know this must be difficult for you. I will say a prayer for you, too.
Like others I am in shock with Ann's passing. It seems so sudden, my sincerest sympathy to Bud and their family at this time, and (((hugs))) to Sandy, Sue and Jackie. I do think Ann's family will truly appreciate having the original plaque from the province. Ann surely was a one woman army.
Post by tousabella on Nov 14, 2013 22:50:01 GMT -5
I so enjoyed reading her posts, and she always lent a smile n a chuckle to some of her topics. What a super lady...rest softly, Ann, and many prayers to her family. They have such precious memories, as do we all, and it's guaranteed, she will never be forgotten.
Post by missfortune on Nov 19, 2013 16:59:35 GMT -5
I don't know how I missed this but I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to Ann's family. I'm sure that it is very hard to go through the grief you are feeling, but offering prayers for peace in the days to come. God Bless, misfortune Judy Z in Pensacola
Taking a deep breath....shocked. I'm saddened quite obviously but there is some gentleness in knowing that she is now comfortable and there is no more need to fight. I extend my condolences to her family. Although we may not be ready to pass, it's our families that are left to grieve our absence. I like to believe that somehow when we pass we are still with the ones we love, smiling and watching over them as they go forward in life.
Thanks for all the kind words and thoughful messages about my Grandma. She talked often about her conversations with others with the same illness. It really helped her to understand how she was feeling and the process of her illness.
If there is anything I am able to help with such as fundraisers or events to make people aware COPD please feel free to contact me. My personal email is email@example.com.
Shanon. Thank you for coming in to talk to us. Your Grandma and I would talk every so often. I tried to NOT talk about COPD because our lives are so filled with it. Sometimes it couldn't be helped tho.
We're an online group and most of us have never met. We don't get together for fund raisers and such but if you'd like to help I'm sure your community has such events.
I go for the direct, in your face message. With my oxygen on I'm a walking advertisement. As I pass by the smokers I always say something like " that cigarette is what got me this nice machine". or my favorite.......as I swing my hose a little I'll walk by and say "I quit smoking and now I have a NEW accessory." In your case you could just say your grandma died from smoking.
Thanks for getting in touch with us. It was nice to have known your grandma. I think of her often.
Shanon, Good for you for thinking of ways to honour your grandmother's memory by offering to help. I would echo what Sandy said. In additoin, the Lung Association of Canada and itsprovincial/territorial branches do fundraisers each year, particularly at Christmas, to promote lung health, etc.
May you be blessed with positive memories of your grandmother. She was such a special person.
Shanon, I do believe that you can make a donation in honor of your grandmother to COPD forum because we do accept gifts like that to use for postage and purchasing cards and flowers for ill members as well as otherthings. We made a calendar of pictures of members doing exercises and other things to show that COPD can keep you going, doesn't mean an instant death sentence. Perhaps John or Bobbi can help out in this manner since our Administrator, Jackie/Blossom is currently in the hospital herself. If you'd like me to send them a message for you just leave a post here and I'll do it.
Thank you so much for thinking of us and remembering us during such a dark time. We loved your grandmother, she was a lot of fun and had a wonderful sense of humor. I was shocked at how quickly she passed.