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I put this on another forum, which I thought would be a little more appropriate, but I'm definitely linking it here, since this is my DG home! Sometimes it's hard to be and stay positive, due to what life throws at you, but I'm trying...I really truly am.
Thom there isn't much to say in situations like this but I am truly sorry you have to go through it. I'll keep you and your sister in my prayers. It sounds like you have a wonderful family, may you find some comfort in your sister's love.
Thom, I am so sorry. As a sister who just went through this in Oct with my brother my best advice to you is spend every moment you can, say everything you ever wanted to say but was afraid to, and tell her what having her in your life has meant. I did and I have no regrets. My prayers are with you and my heart breaks for you and your family for what you have gone through and what you still have to endure.
Thank you all :-) Just came back from the hospital, had to let the poor dogs out. I'll be heading back down. From taking care of the elderly and working with hospice, I have a gut feeling that Beth may be going for her forever sleep sometime today, or tomorrow.
I did say as much as I could to her, Beth was never a mushy person...not that one needs to be mushy to have mush put upon them. I have no regrets regarding "shoulda, coulda, or wouldas." I just wish the lingering was so linger-y.
Pix, I may be sending you a dmail or two after all is said and done. Tom and I created an iMovie in memorial to Beth; downloading and listening to all of the songs that go with it was one of the toughest things I've had to do in recent memory.
Victor, MM is scary. I've learned lots about it over these past couple weeks. Dr. Lynn Schucter is the melanoma specialist we went to at U of Penn. I'm sure if you, your wife, or family needed any questions, her or her staff would be able to direct you to where you would need to go.
I really do thank you all so much. Sometimes "holding it together" can be exhausting.
Just read your story...I'm just an early bird from Florida and I read a recent posting to see what other recent posts were saying...My heart goes out to you and all your family...Beth was so young...God bless all...
Your story shows how we just never know how much time we have here...very touching...
Beth Ann Dougherty Devine, 32, of Blakely, died Saturday night at Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a courageous battle with melanoma. She was married to Stephen R. Devine on May 28, 2006. Born Jan. 23, 1981, in Scranton, daughter of Thomas J. Sr. and Ethel Honney Dougherty, she was a 1999 graduate of Valley View High School. Beth spent most of her career as a certified nurse's aide at the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, Peckville. Beth was the most loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend who will be missed by all. Beth loved taking family vacations, spending quality time with her children and relaxing with trips to the casino. Beth's family would like to thank everyone who supported the benefit for Beth in November and the staff at Regional Hospital Inpatient Hospice Unit for their care of Beth and her family. She is also survived by three children, Maddison, 11; Carson, 6; and Jackson, 2; two brothers, Thomas J. Dougherty, Lake Ariel; and Lt. Patrick J. Dougherty, Ph.D., Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, Kelly A. Dougherty, Scranton; maternal grandfather, Joseph Honney, Scranton; two nephews, Collin and Alexander Dougherty; mother and father-in-law, Col. Patrick, U.S. Army, Ret., and Catherine A. Devine, Columbia, S.C.; a brother-in-law, Christopher S. Devine and wife, Jennifer, San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Jennifer L. Devine, Columbia; aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Ethel F. Wormuth Honney; paternal grandparents, James F. and Harriet Ann Schoonover Dougherty; and cousin, Kaitlyn Dougherty. Funeral Eucharist will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale. The Rev. Donald Shaible will preside. Interment, Union Cemetery, Gino Merli Drive, Peckville. Friends are asked to go directly to the church on Wednesday morning. Friends may call Tuesday, 2 to 6 p.m., at Hudak-O'Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Beth's memory to the Ladies in Pink, c\o Wendy Mitchko, 131 Basalyga St., Jessup, PA 18434; or Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale, PA 18407. For directions or online condolences, visit http://www.hudak-osheafuneralhome.com .