Friday, August 24, 2018

Hope & Beyond

Dear friends, family and love ones.  I've always wondered how do this post?  How beautiful or thought provoking I might be able to make it.  But what about if you wait until it seems you might not be able to get it done?  Now that doesn't sound like much, but please understand its what I have.  I'm continuing to find the extraordinary is right here in the ordinary and I hope you'll take the time to find it as well.

On Tuesday after much reflection, thought, devotion and wonderful talks, Rick and I along with the boys determined Hospice was the best type of care for me.  Hospice is "end of life," care.  I will no longer go into the Sanford hospital, do chemo or radiation, see anyone at Sanford Infusion Center to have treatment of any kind.  Its daunting to make this big change, but the help of our pastors from the church, I feel more and more at ease with this decision!  This the right thing to do for now.

So we've done our best to reach out to many of you but not all of you know yet and we thank you for staying with us all this time in support, peace and love, plus hope and prayer.


Thank you one and all for the beautiful words you've shared with with me.  How you've shared your lives so much with me.  I will miss you more than I could put into words and so I won't try. I love you- to the moon and back!                                  

                                                   

                                                                       All shall be well



Just a quick note: communication is difficult for me, your words uplift me, I will see them but my communication will come through Rick as we move forward in the journey.

80 comments:

  1. Vicky, I love you and have loved connecting with you and loved getting to know you just in a small way. I will always be grateful for your encouragement and for the few hours we were able to spend together under a beautiful chandelier of tea cups. I am always praying for you and Rick and the boys.

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  2. Love, prayers, and many thoughts are with you and your wonderful family. Vicky, I am very thankful to "know" you. I'm grateful for all your words, photos, encouragement and example in your posts. For the way you've shared yourself with us. This blog has been a precious place to me. And many others.

    Thank you. God bless you and give you beauty, peace (that passes understanding) and joy. You remain in my prayers.

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  3. I will indeed love you all the way to Heaven. Thank you for making such a difference in so many lives. And you are so right - all shall be well!!

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  4. You are an amazing person and I’m so grateful I met you on this journey. So much love to all of you.

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  5. As you turn the page in your life story please know you have touched many strangers with your journey so far. Your grace, courage and gifted pen have let us know you and love you and pray for you and your family. I will continue to do so. ... and all manner of things shall be well

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  6. I love you.
    I love you.....
    Rest well, my dear friend.
    ❤️

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  7. I've always enjoyed reading your blog posts Vicky...I think it's been 9 or 10 years now, wow! Over the years I have watched your posts blossom into beautiful writings filled with love, inspiration and faith. You and your family made the right decision with hospice. Hospice is a wonderful support team and your family will be in good hands. I love you Vicky, God bless you my friend. Please know that I will continue to pray for you. Thank you to Rick for helping with your blog and updates.

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    1. Tainterturtles, you said it so right. I have a hard time expressing my sentiments, but you said it perfectly. I've read Vicky's posts for that many years too. Way back at the first, I sent her 7 machine crocheted Angels, I hope they've helped her. Thanks for saying what I couldn't get down.. Bless you and praying for you, Vicky.. I hope you read this. HUGS

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  8. Oh dear Vicky. Though I knew this was coming, I still don’t want to hear it. You are the bravest,sweetest, most amazing soul. I wish I had gotten to know you in real and not just here, on the internet. But I am so grateful that I have.
    You have inspired me to plow through my own difficult path, with as much grace as I can muster. You are my idol dearest girl, and I will look for you in the great beyond. I will know you by the incredible light around you.
    Love you Vicky. Go with God.

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  9. Oh, Vicky, you’ve been on my mind lately and in my prayers. You are an inspiration to me and so many. You’ve navigated your journey with beauty and grace. Continued prayers for you and your family. God speed sweet Vicky.

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  10. Your words over the years have touched my heart in amazing ways. You have truly shown grace and beauty along the way. I am so blessed to know you and because of you, I know the path that I will take. I will continue to pray for you and your precious family. Our Lord be with you.

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  11. Dear Vicky, I have followed and admired you from afar never meeting you but feeling as if I knew you. Your beautiful spirit always touched me and your words spoke to my heart. Your journey has been inspirational to so many. You are so loved. Rest well and know you made a difference to those who knew you personally and those who did not. Much love to you and your precious family. All will Be well.

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  12. Vicky, This is so difficult to read and so heartbreaking. You are and will always be a ray of light, hope and love.
    You were one of my first friends here in Moorhead and I have always treasured our talks.
    Please know you have always been in my thoughts and prayers as well as Rick and the boys.
    I wish you peace and comfort through your next journey.
    Love you to the moon and back sweet friend.

    Becky K

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  13. All SHALL be well dearest Vicky. Life goes on in many different ways. May peace be with you. I feel completely sure and calmed that God is surrounding you and yours with peaceful loving light. Blessings. XO

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  14. All shall be well.
    Sending prayers and lots of hugs for all of you.
    You have been beyond brave and have fought hard and
    now time to relax a bit.

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  15. Vicky, I pray for you and your family as you transition from this life to the next. You be been so uplifting for many of us, even in your times of greatest struggle. May God bless you and your family! You are so loved!

    Alishia Daily

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  16. Dear sweet Vicky, I "met" you through Gitzen Girl sharing your story years ago. I've followed your story and prayed for you & your family often. You have lived your story well and always with grace, faith and JOY (Gitzen Girl would be proud of you). I knew this time would come to say "good bye", yet it still makes my heart sad. Be at peace sweet one. Know that you have touched many lives in ways you can't imagine. You, your Superman and your boys (young men, now) will continue to be in my prayers. I hope to meet you on the other side. With much love!

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  17. Your journey has been so brave and strong. You have set the bar high for us breast cancer patients and survivors. You have left a mark on the city of Moorhead and will never be forgotten. Thank you for the spoken and unspoken support you have given me through my journey in just knowing you has made a lasting impression on my heart. See you in heaven and goodbye until we meet again. Love you sister in Christ❤️ Be free of the pain and know that he is God.
    Joni

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  18. Love, comfort, and prayers to you, Rick and the boys during this difficult time. May you find comfort and hope in knowing this was a temporary stop on a much greater, beautiful journey with amazing things coming far greater than you have experienced. Your faith has been strong and you have been an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing your journey with us so we can understand why we need to live in the moment and find gratitude in what we have. Blessings Vicky to you and your family. Gods comfort and peace to you.
    Jen Cirks

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  19. Praying for you all. You have been on my heart so much over the last week. I have come to your blog multiple times a day to see if there might be an update. You are dearly loved and cherished. Be at peace sweet sister. God is in this season too, holding all of you up.

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  20. I love you, dear friend. Is that possible through the internet? It sure is.. thanks to your grace and light, we've all come to love you, to be inspired by you, to find courage in our own life's path and our eventual journey into the beyond. Peace and love to you and your family...

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  21. No words just tears. God has you, Rick and your boys in his loving arms. ❤️❤️
    Lynda in Michigan.

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  22. thank you for taking the time and making the effort to share this news. you are a treasure and I, along with many others, will grieve you. My best wishes for your boys and husband. May they be blessed with memories and strength.

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  23. Oh my precious soul sis,
    You know how I feel, how I love you, more than words can ever express. I wrote you a longer letter on my blog, perhaps Rick or one of the boys can read it to you. There is a place in my heart that only you can fill. What I know for sure is that in the next part of your journey, God will smile as you have been His good and faithful daughter and your blessed Daddy will greet you with open arms. You have opened your heart and life to us, my dear Vicky. I will always tell your story... to my family, my friends and my students. You have changed us all and helped us to be more grateful for the wonderful blessings and even the hardest of hard lessons. I am forever grateful to be be your soul sister and your friend. I will miss you forever. God has you, sweetie, and you are right, all is well.
    Your grateful soul sister- Linda

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  24. Vicky, You have truly touched and changed my life from afar these past few years. Before you so eloquently walked through this journey, I had never really stopped to ponder the magnificence of God's creation, revel in it, and praise our Lord for it. Thank you for teaching me to literally stop and smell the roses. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With much love from Albuquerque, Kristy

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  25. I'm sitting at my computer, tears streaming down my face, as I finish your post. I will miss the words you've shared. I found your site when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, a mere few days after your diagnosis. I don't have the words to express my sorrow, but know my love and thoughts are with you and your family.

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  26. Dear Vicky, your words, story, and faith have touched so many people. Thank you for letting us follow along on your journey. We are blessed for having “known” you through this blog. God Bless you and your family.

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  27. I saw that you had posted and knew the news before I read it. I’ve been praying for you and your family more than usual. I’m sure it’s been the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I had always hoped we would get a chance to meet in person but have also always felt we did. Your heart has come through in each and every blog post. You have taught me so much about gratitude and watching God work around everyday. We journeyed together through Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts. I’ve loved having someone else who was blessed and transformed by gratitude. So I will express my gratitude for you; for your heart, for your determination to find joy all around you, for your transparency and authenticity, for sharing your journey and for giving me a glimpse of The love of Jesus. I’m praying for your boys and Rick and believing that “all will be well.” Much love from across the country.

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  28. You are, and have always been, so brave and so strong. You are a true hero.

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  29. Dearest Vicky-you are Grace and Hope and a Blessing to those of us lucky enough to have read your words. You have shared with us and inspired us and taught us to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and to never give up hope. You have touched the lives of so many people with your honesty and courage and eloquent words. My prayer for you is that you feel the love of all of us and that you are free from pain and can enjoy these days with your wonderful family. You must be so proud of your husband and the young men you have raised. May Jesus hold out his hands to greet you.

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    1. You have said what I could not put down into words. Godspeed Vicky to you and yours.

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  30. My dear Vicky,

    May Jesus Christ bring you and your family peace at this time. I chose a few bible verses for you to read below, and I hope the living word of God gives you a considerable wave of comfort. It is such a blessing to know you. Your spirit is like fresh, cool water, and your sisterhood abounds with love. May you find comfort and love at this time. May you breathe in every precious moment with your family, and continue to feel God's presence surrounding you. I send you my love, Vicky. Love is the most powerful force in our universe, and you spread it to so many, like a vast ocean, washing our souls. Thank you for your friendship. Your support. Thank you for your love.

    Philippians 4: 6-9 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

    Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Matthew 11: 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

    All my love and prayers,
    Ricka

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    1. May the Holy Word of our Lord and Savior comfort you and keep you close. May they also comfort your loving family in these times of difficulty and pain.
      You have given so much inspiration, wisdom and grace to your readers here on this blog. I simply could not add anything to this lady's comment, so I tagged along. Please know that you have enriched this world with your beautiful spirit. You have shown us how a gracious, kind and loving woman conducts herself in a terrible situation. You have given so much more than you can possibly imagine. Grace be with you and Godspeed dear, beautiful lady. With love and prayers, Lorie

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  31. Dear Vicky,
    I remember playing a duet with you for a piano recital when we were kids. I was so nervous for that recital, maybe you were too. I can't remember the name of the song we played but I remember our piano teachers name, it was Grace.
    I am very glad I ran into you at the D.Q. Summer of 2017. It was a privilege to see you and see "grace" displayed in your life. You have given us a glimpse of what a Gracious Heavenly Father can do in a person who is yielded to Him.
    I can't remember if our duet sounded good. But I know the music of heaven will be absolutely,indescribably beautiful.
    Julie Gage

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  32. Brave Lady and Wonderful Warrior Tribe,
    I can only imagine the peril and time it took for you all to come to this most selfless decision in your journey!
    My strongest prayers to you and your tribe as you live through this chapter.
    Your strength, grace, openness and honesty in this fight has been an inspiration to all! As you continue to live and love all of Life on life’s terms.
    Your beauty in heart will remain with all who have had even the slightest contact with you! Your love for, first and foremost your Beautiful family, your friends, classmates, neighbors, church group has left your gentle hand prints in all of our hearts!
    Your joy and sparkle will live on in this realm by those you have touched!! Your pure beautiful essence will make your journey in the next place just as beautiful and loving as this one
    Time to relax dearheart, enjoy your days, eat lots of ice cream, smile your joyous smile...
    Holding you all so close in my heart Dearest friend and your tribe!!
    Safe Travels Brave Warrior Goddess!!!
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    Trista

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  33. Dearest Vicky,
    I may have only commented a couple of times, but have read every post and have thought of and prayed for you and your family for years. You are an inspiration to so many and I pray for all the grace you have shown, when it is my time to go home. Remember that although we, as believers, don't know exactly what's on the other side, we know our Master is there waiting to welcome us with open arms. So, for that reason I am happy for you. I can't wait to meet you when I get to heaven. :D
    Please know that I will continue to pray for you and your wonderful family.
    Thank you for being you, and sharing your life with is. God bless all!!!
    XOXO
    Nancy

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  34. Dear Vicky,

    I've never forgot how kind you were to me growing up in Grace church. These many years later I've appreciated all you have shared via Westra World. Much love to you as you continue your journey. - Scott

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  35. Dear Vicky, Like so many that have commented, I am so thankful to have met you through your blog. I've commented a few times and have also read every post. And I've enjoyed the emails we have shared. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me and to so many. I appreciate that you chose to share your journey with all of us. You are a beautiful, kind, strong woman. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. And when I see the word JOY I will always think of you. May God bless you and your family.

    Love, Kristi Podesta, Ohio

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  36. Dear Vicky,
    I’ve been following your blog for several years and your light will be so missed in this world. You inspire others in how to live life each day with courage and Faith. You are selfless, and words cannot express how you will be missed. You prayed for my mom when she was diagnosed with cancer, as well as my daughter who was battling an eating disorder. I can’t thank you enough for caring.Your heart is so big, and even though I’ve never met you, it’s evident that your soul is beautiful. You’ve touched so many lives, and I am beyond grateful that you shared your journey with us. You are truly an example of how God wants us to live out our days. I will continue to pray for your husband and boys. Much Love, Maria in Chicago

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  37. Dear Vicky and Rick and boys,
    I found your blog by accident “divine appointment” years ago. I have looked forward to your posts ever since. You are a strong woman with a strong family - strong in Christ. You have taken your pain and your suffering and made it into a God glorifying tribute. Thank you to all of you for making your lives transparent so that we can see how to go through lengthy trials with peace, grace and dignity, while constantly giving honor to our Heavenly Father. I will miss you and your inspiring words of hope. Your words have touched countless lives and I have pocketed some of your hope as I live my days. Thank you. God speed and God bless . I will carry you and your family in my prayers.
    Pam in Cedar Falls, Iowa

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  38. Dearest Vicky,
    You have been such a beacon of hope, light, faith and perserverance these past seven years. God has been with you each step of the way. You have made this world a better place. I will be praying for you as you place your hand into the hand that so lovingly created you. You are God's precious child and it seems He is beckoning you home. I have considered it a privilege to pray for you and your dear family. Blessings and shalom,
    Caroline in Bend, Oregon

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  39. I am another who has been along for the journey, mostly silent, but always looking for your uplifting and inspiring words. When I don't see your words, I wonder about you and pray for you, sending my light and energy...Fellow hockey mom, fellow Minnesotan. I will always feel connected, even if you aren't aware of it. This has been your gift to me, and for that, I thank you, sweet soul. ❤

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  40. All shall be well. Even though I don't know you personally, I feel a kinship because of the blog where you have shared your family, heart, love, adventure, faith, etc. I will meet you someday in that glorious place that God has prepared for us. God be with you and your family. Love in Christ, Francis C. Moore from Indianapolis, Indiana.

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  41. I am so grateful our lives intersected for a while. Your words faith and values have reminded many times of what truly and deeply matters. Thank you for your wisdom, your story and your perspective. Love is eternal and you and your boys have mine.

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  42. Thank you for caring about those of us far-flung from you, Rick, and the boys by letting us know. I'm so thankful for the day Gitz shared about you. Your life is a beautiful, blazing testimony of submission that is having a ripple effect beyond your wildest imagination. While I can only imagine how hard this decision was, I am glad everyone agreed. This life is not all there is, and you are showing me and myriad others how to choose joy, embrace hope, and fight for faith because you know all shall be well. I love you!!! Will wait for further word from Rick. Praying for everyone.

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  43. You have fought long and hard. Now time to enjoy the Light and Love of God's presence. Tell your family to look for signs from you as my sweet son gives me every day. Glory be to God! Love you Vicky. Kelly Collins

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  44. Dear Vicky,i,ve read you for years but commented not much.But now i feel that i must tell you that you are a true hero in my eyes,you fought with everything you had,but sometimes this horrible disease can,t be beat.I hope your last days will be happy ones and your yourney to the light peaceful.
    Sending strenght for you and your family.

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  45. So sorry, Vicky. Many prayers for you and your family during this time. Please know how many people you have blessed and touched with your beautiful writing and outlook on life. You are so strong, kind and a light for those around you. May God bring all of you peace and comfort.

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  46. Vicki, you and the attitude you have had while going through this journey have been an inspiration to me, and I suspect to all your many other readers. You've shown courage, but haven't worded it as courage; you've shown fortitude and we've seen how much of that you have. You've found joy in the simplest of moments, making us aware that we should be endeavoring to do the same. And, to add to a comment in someone else's post, I've just this week where someone noted that we are spiritual beings living temporarily in a physical body. I love that turn of phrase. I love you, Gale

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  47. I didn't realize my full name wouldn't appear with my comment of 3:42. I'm Gale Bamman.

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  48. Dear Nolan, Colton, Rick and Vicki,
    In the midst of the anguish of saying goodbye may you find peace and support from the multitudes who care deeply now about Moorhead, the Spuds, and each of you. The four of you have traveled this road the most intimately and the most painfully. Thank you for allowing a stranger like me be a tiny part of your journey and to have learned so much from Vicki. All shall be well. God keep you all in love, mercy and peace.

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  49. Continuing to pray for you, Vicky, and all your family. . . from Oregon!

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  50. I have followed you for so long and have prayed along with your and for you. May the words of our mouth and our thoughts be pleasing to you my rock and redeemer. ❤️

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  51. It would have been easy for you to turn inward and keep your cancer journey to yourself, but you opened up and shared with us ... and we are all richer for your generosity. Your positive spirit is infectious. You and your family are loved all over the world. I can't imagine how many people you have helped in the last few years. Thank you for being you. Rest well, dear Vicky. Sending love to you, to Rick, and to the boys.

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  52. Dear dear Vicky, and I will miss you so much too. Even though it's always 'just' been online. Your presence has mattered to me as I often walk my dark journey. You love so well. You pay attention so well. You let people matter, always. And even in this post, not afraid to encourage people with something you have learned and lived up close and personal. "I'm continuing to find the extraordinary is right here in the ordinary and I hope you'll take the time to find it as well." That I will remember dear One. That I need, we all need. I pray resilient peace over you and your men as you walk this next chapter. Remember Vicky, it will never be your last as you live on in your boys. Much much love and gratitude for who you are, MaddyChristine

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  53. Vicky, I've read your posts for years now, and I wanted you to know what an impact you have had with so many people who have never even met you - including me. Your writing, your insights, the way you've shared your life with us - you have been a bright spot in the world for so many of us. Thank you! Please know how many people there are praying for comfort and peace and rest for you and for Rick and Your boys. Know that YOU have been the extraordinary in the ordinary for many, many people - Amy Holley

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  54. Godspeed to you. I've followed your journey for so long. Thank you so much for letting us share it with you.
    I and many other send you peace and comfort. You will never be forgotten.

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  55. Dear Vickie,I AM GOING TO WRITE THIS IN HOPE THAT AMONG THE SO MANY,MANY,MANY WORDS YOU ARE RECEIVING THAT YOUR SUPERMAN WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU.I WILL TRY TO KEEP IT SHORT BUT I WILL TRY TO WRITE WORDS TO SEE IF YOU REMEMBER ME AND IF NOT OR THEY ARE NOT SHARED I KNOW THAT IS OKAY.I NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU IN PERSON BUT YOU WERE A FRIEND ON LINE THAT FATHER GOD GAVE ME THAT I HAVE TO SAY SINCERELY THAT I CAME TO TRUST. AND LOVE. MY NAME IS TAMMY SCHULZ. AT ONE POINT WE CORESPONDED OFTEN.I AM GOING TO TRY TO MAKE THIS SHORT,I WAS LIVING HAVING MOVED FROM MINNESOTA.I AM 10 YEARS OLDER THAN YOU, I HAVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS,WE HAD SO MUCH IN COMMON NOT BECAUSE OF OUR DISEASES BUT BECAUSE OF WHERE I HAD LIVED IN MINNESOTA. I AM GOING TO CLOSE VERY SOON,I NEVER GOT YOUR AUNT'S RECIPE FOR BROWNIE CUPCAKES BECAUSE IT WAS A FAMILY RECIPE THAT WAS NOT SHARED BUT I GOT YOUR GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE,I SENT YOU BOOKS(NOT A LOT BUT A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MORE,A BOOK AND MOVIE FOR YOUR BOYS TO SHARE) YOU WERE ALWAYS SO KIND WHEN YOUR HEALTH ALLOWED YOU TO SAY THANK YOU AND I GOT PERSONAL NOTES WRITTEN AND SENT TO ME.AT WHEN I FIRST STARTED REACHING OUT TO YOU AND YOU REACHED BACK I WROTE BACK I FELT LIKE A CELEBRITY WAS WRITING ME BACK,,,SO MANY OTHER MEMORIES,YOUR BIOG BECAME A MINISTRY JUST AS SARA FRANKEL'S(wich we talked about)DID,I LOVE YOU VICKIE FOR SIMPLY BEING YOU AND REACHING OUT TO ALL OF US,SIMPLY SHARING AND NEVER PREACHING,BEING A SOURCE FOR LEARNING AND COMFORT...I WILL NOT SAY GOOD BYE BUT I WILL SEE YOU LATER.I PRAY THAT FATHER GOD WILL MAKE YOUR HOMECOMING GO SMOOTHLY(WITHOUT PHYSICAL PAIN)WITH HIS PEACE AND PLEASE FATHER GOD GIVE YOUR PEACE AND GUIDANCE TO HER FAMILY... YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR MOTHER,FATHER,UNCLE ,AND MAYBE S.FRANKEL IN PERSON... AND I WILL GET TO MEET YOU BOTH WHEN IT IS MY HOMECOMING,YOU WILL NOT KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR WORDS HELPED ME BUT THAT IS NOT WHY YOU WROTE BUT TO SHARE LOVE,YOUS AND FATHER GOD'S AND HIS SON,JESUS.I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FINISH THIS,TAMMY SCHULZ

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  56. Dear Vicky, you have been in my thoughts and prayers a lot the past few weeks. I pray for peace, comfort and sweet moments with your loved ones. I pray you’ll feel as loved as you’ve loved everyone in your life—wonderful, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend (and cyber-friend), and patient. You have touched and inspired anyone who has met you or read your story. I believe your legacy will live on and on. God bless you, and comfort you and your precious family. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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  58. Love you my dear and precious friend. Although we have never met, we have known each other since the beginning of our blogs, And I am better for having known you. You comforted me when I lost my Dad to cancer 7 years ago and always left beautifully written comments on my blog which always made me smile. I will always carry your friendship with me in my heart. I will continue to pray for your comfort and peace as well as your family’s too. Until we meet again someday, may God hold you, Rick and the boys in the palm of His hand. ❤️

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  59. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 Vicky,I know I need to grab kleenex each time I read your blog. Over the years I have cried tears of joy, hope, sadness, love, whatever heartfelt moment you were sharing, your words always reached the depths of my soul. I thank you for sweet, kind, thoughtful replies to messages I sent to you. I pray for comfort and peace as you spend this precious time w/family & friends who love you dearly. My heart is sad & the tears are flooding my eyes w/the thought of you being at this point in your journey. Prayers for your "superman" & your handsome, loving sons as they begin this journey with you. May you & your family all be lifted up & comforted by the many thoughts & prayers being sent in your honor. "You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, & you have kept your faith" 2 Timothy 4:7

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  60. I do not have the right words. Please just know that I am praying for you and your entire family during this time. I have enjoyed and looked forward to your post these last eight years! WOW- They have always been so positive and full of light and hope. Thank You for sharing your heart and journey with us. God Bless you Vicky-

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  61. Dear Vicky, you have inspired me and so many others to live our best lives, to be grateful, to have hope, and I am thankful for you because of that. I wish you peace and blessings. I wish comfort for your loved ones. Rest well, sweet lady.

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  62. Dear Vicky - thank you for sharing your life and journey so beautifully. You have encouraged us and created an amazing legacy. I will continue to pray for you and your family. I will miss your lovely posts. Well done good and faithful servant. xoxo

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  63. thank you.
    my heart is filled all the way up.
    thank you.
    I love you.

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  64. Vicky ~ Thank-you for sharing your heart so beautifully through your blog. I followed your story through 5 military assignments (Alabama, Germany, the Azores, San Antonio, and Washington, DC). You have enriched the lives of so many of us who never met you in person but feel we know you so well and are honored to pray for you and your family. Your courage is inspiring and your faith makes us confident we will meet you one day, as we walk and talk with our Savior face to face. Love to you.

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  65. WE have never met, but yet you have inspired me greatly through the years, with your inspiration, your courage and your approach to life. You gave me courage through my own journey with BC and was a voice for so many. Rest Easy knowing your workds will continue to help many. Blessings, prayers of comfort to all on your journey home.

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  66. Oh Vicky, like many others, we have never met either but you are always in my prayers! I will continue to pray for you and your family! Please know that you and your family have touched me and everyone in my family. Love, Genny

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  67. Lovely Vicky:

    I too, have been a frequent reader and never poster to your blog. For years, I have followed your journey, witnessed your faith and marveled at your spirit. I have thrilled at your good news, been saddened by the challenges, admired your Superman and boys.

    As you move into Comfort Care, I pray that you feel the Peace of a journey well fought, lessons tremendously taught and the knowledge that you have touched many, many, many more lives than you will ever be able to comprehend. You, beautiful lady, are a gift to all of us. Thank you for sharing, thank you for teaching and thank you for loving; even that stranger who has read your blog, worried about you, but never had the words to comment.

    Blessings come, as you have said, even now. May you have continued Peace, increased Faith and unceasing Love from all around you.

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  68. Dear Vicky:
    I read this post five days ago and still I don't know how to respond. My heart hurts, my eyes sob and my world feels so sad. I have walked eight Komen 3 Days with your name on my back or in my sock and on a flag waving from my tent. I have chosen the word BELIEVE for the past 10 years because I am a believer. I love you Vicky Westra. I looked forward to the day I'd meet you cancer free. I just knew it would happen. Take care sweet lady. Sometimes it is hard to believe. But God is good. All the time. I WILL meet you cancer free. God bless you and your wonderful family. I miss you already. XO

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  69. Vicky - I have followed you for many years and watched your boys grow up through your posts. I have found truth and comfort in your words and am in awe of you, your family and your unwavering faith. You have lived well and all shall be well - but you will be missed greatly. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
    In Him, Cori

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  70. Vicky, I am honored to have followed your journey these past many years, inspired by you and your magnificent grace.
    Continued prayers for you, your Superman and your two, handsome sons, that you may all be blessed with sweet peace that passeth understanding.
    I truly love you. ♡♡♡♡

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  71. Dear Vicky,
    I met your blog after Lysa Terkeurst asked for prayers for Sara Frankel. Visiting the Westra World opened my eyes to grace, gratitude and much more. Thank you for living fully present and finishing well. You and your family are in my prayers. In Christ, Claudia

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  72. Vicky I’ve followed you and your journey silently for years. Your words have impacted all that have been blessed to have found this blog. I’ve admired the way in which you’ve carried yourself wirh such grace and dignity despite your pain. It’s so evident the deep, selfless and forever love you have for Rick and your boys. That love will carry them through. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for making a difference in this world.

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  73. Vicky, you are and will continue to be an inspiration. Thank you for your insight and grace. Sending love to you and your family at this time.

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  74. Dear Vicky, I have followed your for several years though your ups and downs, you have a spirt that will always be with me. I want you to know that you are loved dearly, you are truly an inspiration to all of us. I am praying for you and your family, I think about you often you have amazing words to share and it has meant so much for so many.

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  75. Dearest Vicky, I have followed you for many years. God placed you on my heart, and I have prayed for you throughout your journey. I think of you often. Although we've never met in person, I consider you a friend. I am praying for you and your family.

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  76. From - Vern Schnathorst

    Vicky, I've only met you briefly, but I know how great of a mother & wife you are. It is evident every time I talk to your sons and husband. They are wonderful people and it's obvious the type of influence you've had on their lives. God Bless and peace to you and your family.

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