Well, as I fight the tears from reading posts on here, I am truly overwhelmed by the love that our friends have sent to Anne and me via this site, as well as other means such as cards, calls, flowers, food, and offers of support. We are truly blessed, just as all of us have been blessed to have orbited in Anne’s solar system. She is no longer reading so Debbie Youngman, Julie Pride and I have been reading posts to her from Caring Bridge and Facebook. I’m not sure she has heard everything but please know that your messages mean a lot to me as well. Somehow this group sharing seems to make all of us feel better?
It’s hard to believe how quickly things have changed here. The former Grammar Nazi now hardly has anything to say. I guess the effort of talking is just too much. She has eaten less in four days than I do in one meal. She is alert, can listen to us and TV, drifts in and out of sleep, but talking and eating take away from breathing. She mentioned tonight that she might have to go to the Hospice facility soon. We will see.
So many people have wanted to come see her or talk to her, but of course that takes her energy, so thank to all who have refrained; but also thanks to those who have come or called as well. Again, we are truly blessed. Your thoughts and prayers are all we need and expect.
VISITOR COMMENTS FOR THIS POST
By Doug Wilcox — Aug 7, 2014 9:37pm
Mike, Thanks so much for keeping us up to date. I have known Anne since grade school, and we all love her. But I know this must be unbearable for you. Please give our love and hugs to Anne. You both are in my prayers every day as you have been for a long time now. God bless.
By Beth Bishop — Aug 7, 2014 5:12pm
Anne, I’m leaving the office for the day, so no more computer. I mailed you some cartoons this morning, so hope they bring a smile and a soft chuckle. Yep, I said mailed…have to keep the Post Office in business, you know.
Love to you and your support team…you are all angels in my mind !! Beth
By terry caturano — Aug 7, 2014 10:27am
Mike, I am so sad to hear this news. I continue to pray for Anne and for you. May the strength and peace of the Lord be with you. With hope and love, Terry
By dawn raley — Aug 7, 2014 10:15am
Praying for you both! May God continue to give you the strength needed on this journey!
By Dawn Wesley — Aug 7, 2014 9:33am
My heart aches for you all. Certainly my many thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue on this difficult journey.
By Connie Allen — Aug 7, 2014 9:32am
May you find comfort in the love which surrounds you both.
By Barbara DeFebbo — Aug 7, 2014 9:26am
As stated earlier, the old man and I continue to pray daily for you both. You both have been bright stars in this world of ours. bd
By Lucena Davis — Aug 7, 2014 9:15am
Words cannot express the love and appreciation I have so Anne. Just know that I have her and Mike in my prayers. God’s loving and gracious arms are around you both. Love you both.
By Debi Wade Jordan — Aug 7, 2014 9:10am
Love you both. So glad Debbie was able to come. That has been a gift for her as well as for you all.
By Mary Scantland — Aug 7, 2014 8:40am
Wrapping both of you in prayer each day! May God’s peace envelop you both!
By Mary Lou Kirby — Aug 7, 2014 8:35am
Mike and Anne, lifting you up in prayer each and every day. Amazing what an impact you have made on so many. A life so well lived!! May you be enveloped in peace and love, Anne. And may the love and support of so many ease your pain, Mike. As you know, God is good and God’s love is surrounding you at all times. Thank you for allowing us to be with you in spirit at this time. Much love, Mary Lou
By Chuck and Diana Neely — Aug 7, 2014 8:35am
Anne and Mike;
We can’t be there in person but we are always there in spirit. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
We love you both,
By Linda Leigh — Aug 7, 2014 8:25am
Anne….I still have my oven grate grabber that you painted and crafted so many years ago and I cherish it. Lifting you and Mike up in prayer each and every day and sending our love. Tim and Linda
By Karen Beck — Aug 7, 2014 8:24am
Prayers for you and Anne. I know how much my Dad loved her and he would wish her well also. Keep the faith.
Karen Bishop Beck
By Miliska Knauft — Aug 7, 2014 7:54am
Mike thanks for the update! Anne and Mike … We have you both in our prayers! Thinking of you all the time!
Terry and Miliska
By anne lewis — Aug 7, 2014 7:13am
Love to you both frOm an old Martinsville friend. Thinking of you and holding you close in prayer. Anne
By Tonya Taylor — Aug 7, 2014 6:33am
What a strong group of loving people! My love and prayers are with you all. Thank you for sharing Anne with us for so long.
By myla thomas — Aug 7, 2014 4:43am
You all know how special Anne is, I don’t need to tell you that..but knowing that Julie Pride is there with her makes me happy. Two very special ladies, sharing this time together…prayers continue for strength, comfort and peace.
By judy whitson — Aug 7, 2014 2:12am
Anne and Mike, I continue to pray for strength and the comfort that only God can give in these days. As I write, I check my punctuation, spelling, and grammar-just another of the many ways Anne has touched my life. Love and peace to you.
By Alecia Marcum — Aug 6, 2014 11:42pm
Thank you Mike for keeping us up to date as you can on Anne. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Anne has made such an impact on my life in so many ways. We started to work the same day and she was Sarah’s first kindergarten teacher. It is no mystery why Sarah is a kindergarten teacher today. She had a great beginning. Fabulous teacher and friend. My gingerbread trees in my dining room was inspired by Anne as she first created my love for gingerbread when she got everyone excited with her gingerbread hunt in school. Please tell her how much she has inspired me and helped me to believe in myself. I Love you my sweet friend. You are a Wonderful friend with a smile that brightens the room.
By Karen Hume — Aug 6, 2014 10:54pm
I feel very blessed to have you both as friends. You both are such strong and faithful people that share so much of yourselves and your love. I pray that that love and strength carries you through once again. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
By Floyda Sullivan — Aug 6, 2014 10:38pm
Mike… this is the hardest thing you will ever go through. It is never easy to watch. Thanks for letting us share in loving Anne. We all feel so helpless and wish there was something we could do for you as well as Anne. I pray for peace and strength for you both.
By Jane Cannon — Aug 6, 2014 10:34pm
Thanks for your updates Mike. You and Anne continue to be in our prayers
By LeAnn Yarbrough — Aug 6, 2014 10:22pm
Thanks Anne for being so caring. You made my days at Community Ed. fun and enjoyable. Thanks for always remembering my birthday. You always made me feel special. Praying for you both. Love always, LeAnn (Hollywood)
By Rachel Bryson — Aug 6, 2014 10:06pm
Mike and Anne you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, love you guys!
By andee rudloff — Aug 6, 2014 10:01pm
Love to you all…I miss Anne on AM Kentucky and Midday…her leadership at Stand for Children, her wit…oh she always has such wisdom. Although she may be quiet, I’m sure she is planning her peace. Please let me or my family know if there is anything we can do. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
By Jean Secrest — Aug 6, 2014 9:53pm
Praying for both of you! Love coming to both of you!
By Lisa Ryan — Aug 6, 2014 9:38pm
Praying for peace for you and Anne. Love you both.
By Linda McCray — Aug 6, 2014 9:29pm
I am praying for Anne’s comfort and an absence of suffering. She is an amazing person who is loved by so many! Blessings to you Mike- you have always been her ” knight in shining armor”! That’s what she told me many years ago. Still true!
By John & Lynne Peters — Aug 6, 2014 9:23pm
Thank you for the update. Our prayers are with you both.
By patsy sloan — Aug 6, 2014 9:21pm
I pray that Anne is aware of how much she is loved & admired – she is truly our “Hometown Hero!”
By Leslie Lloyd — Aug 6, 2014 9:18pm
Prayers for you both…..She is such a dear person and you have been a blessing in her life…..
By Debbie Underwood — Aug 6, 2014 9:09pm
Sending Love And Prayers to both of you! So very sorry Anne has gotten to this point. It is never easy, but always know so many people are praying for both of you! Love and Prayers 💓💓💓
By MaryLou Davis — Aug 6, 2014 9:00pm
Mike, try playing some soft, soothing classical/hymns for her. I know personally that this this is relaxing and helps sooth the mind and spirit and will aid you both in her journey. I am so glad we found each other again on Facebook after so many years and loved reading her posts. Tell her that I lover her and thank her for blessing my life. God bless you all.
By Janet Grider — Aug 6, 2014 8:50pm
Thinking of you both!!
By Jessica Warren — Aug 6, 2014 8:49pm
Prayers, lots of prayers and love coming to you both…
By Angela Wright — Aug 6, 2014 8:48pm
My heart drops every time I see an update. I am so sad about my fellow Grammar Nazi. Thank you for keeping us informed, Mike. Love to you both. Continued prayers going up.
By Cheryl Allen — Aug 6, 2014 8:47pm
Can’t find the words, but feel so much-love to you both
By Karen Helms Manley — Aug 6, 2014 8:33pm
Love to you both!
By Heather Phillips — Aug 6, 2014 8:30pm
Anne and Mike, Debbie and Julie, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your journey with all of us. Just as our messages and your sharing makes you feel better, keeping up with you all I think makes us feel better too–or at least CLOSER to you, like maybe we are walking behind you along your journey. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. We are praying so very hard. Anne is truly one-of-a-kind and has touched the lives of so many and improved our community so much. God bless you.
By Liz Kane — Aug 6, 2014 8:28pm
I am a friend of Anne’s from elementary and high school. In the past few years we have reconnected thru Facebook. From reading her posts,etc I can tell that Anne is truly an amazing woman. I don’t know you but can tell from what I’ve read that you are an amazing man. Just as you are lucky to have had Anne in your life, Anne is lucky to have had you in her life. Both of you are in my prayers.