As some of you know, Joe Eck my co-creator of this group, has a wife that is seriously ill. I filled a few folks in the other night at the meeting about her condition but I have more news. First to let you all know what is going on and to ask for all your good thoughts and prayers for the entire family as they face this. Kim is an awesome lady who has been basically been fighting for her life for the past 9 years when they removed a brain tumor. She has other medical problems as well and some of the medications she takes can have some serious side effects, one of which effects her white blood cells. This summer, after two painful bone marrow biopsies, they determined that Kim has leukemia. She underwent chemo-therapy and a rather long hospital stay. Once she got out, she was not out for long and went back in for another week. She has little or no white blood cells and even the mildest of sniffles for us, makes her deathly ill. When she got out that time, she was out for only a few days and was rushed back a little over 3 weeks ago now with what was erroneously diagnosed as a fatal blood clot. It was not and that is another story, but it was good that she was sent back to the hospital as they found an infection in her liver. That was what was causing the fever and the pain in her chest. It was thought that once the fever broke, that she would be on the mend, getting healthy enough to do another round of chemo that perhaps would lead this time to a state of remission. Once she reached remission, they would be able to do the bone marrow transplant and have a much better chance of beating this thing. This was not to be.... While Kim has been in the hospital this time she has not been her usually feisty self and as I mentioned before, she had all but given up eating. This past Friday Joe and Kim were given the news that they now had two options left. One was to take another round of chemo so potent that she would be in the hospital for 2-3 months with a 3 in 10 chance of it working. The other one was to select Home Hospice Care and spend the next 2-6 weeks left to her, with her family. Joe told me Sunday morning when I picked up the kids, that Kim had chosen the treatment. But when I brought them home Sunday evening, he told me that things had gotten worse and that Kim is hallucinating now. They have not started the treatment yet and we are afraid that even if they do, that it is to late. If any of you have ever had someone you cared for die slowly then you understand and know the signs. Kim is going through now some of the same signs my Mom did right before she passed away. She stopped eating, then she has had a loss of bowel control and when you add the hallucinations to that you know that she doesn't have allot of time left. Joe is dealing with this as well as anyone can but I know that he would appreciate all our prayers and good thoughts. He has family, both Kim's and his, coming in the next few days and this should be a help to him. He is, in my opinion, mentally, physically and emotionally drained and it's not going to get any better anytime soon, if ever. And I for one am glad they are coming to help my dear friend. He is very special to me as are Kim and the kids. I know I'm rambling now and it's hard to type through tears, so I will end. I just wanted you all to know what was going on with a very special man and his family and to ask for your prayers.