Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lorraine has left us

I wish I were saying this with a heavy heart, or even with a broken heart, but the fact is my heart was taken from me early this morning when my beautiful wife and best friend, Lorraine, passed away.

She had been fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis for over a year in her usual fashion. She called this last year our "early retirement" and we spent it, as we have spent almost every day for the last 17 years, together. She was the brightest, kindest, most loving soul it has ever been my privilege to encounter and while I will miss our days together so very much, I know she will be with everyone who loved her for a long time to come.

The astronomer, Carl Sagan, once said "The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

Earth Hour is tonight. Turn off your lights, go outside, look up at the night sky. Tonight, there is a new star in the sky, brighter and more beautiful than any other.

Paul - Mr SDSC

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mr SDSC Here

My name is Paul, otherwise known to you ladies as Mr SDSC or Lorraine's husband.

Many of you will have noticed that Lorraine hasn't posted much over the last year, certainly compared with her usual prolific number of posts. Sadly, this is because in that time she was diagnosed with metastatic gall-bladder cancer and has been undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy to fight it. This, and what we have called "early retirement" has taken almost all of our time for the last 12 months or so.

Lorraine is now critically ill in the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary and to those who love her appears to decline a little more every day. The outcome, as we have known from that first diagnosis is, unfortunately, inevitable.

She was always delighted, and not a little surprised, at the number of followers she quickly acquired and the interest and kind comments you posted. I know that even under these circumstances she would love to hear from any of you who might read this in the next few days.

I will check back regularly and pass on any comments I find to her. I know they will cheer her up.

Thank you,