The End (one year later)
Feb 19, 2009
HI Dr. Bob, I am the lady who wrote to you last Feb after my 30 year old daughter passed away concluding a 13 year battle with HIV. We all still miss her daily, but are happy for her that she no longer has to suffer. I see you are still working hard at this and glad to see you still interjecting some humor into a difficult illness. Your work is not unnoticed and I will be sending another donation this year. Keep up the great work.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Welcome back to the forum and thank you for your very kind words. I lost my brother to lung and brain cancer in 2007 so I do understand the depth of your loss. However, Pete, my brother, still walks through my dreams fairly frequently. The great part is that he is now always healthy and very happy. When I think of him now, despite missing him terribly, I smile and feel him smiling back. I'm sure your daughter is also enjoying her new reality, a reality we will all get to experience one day. I'm counting on Pete to show me around!
Be well. You and your daughter will remain in my thoughts.
The End Feb 24, 2008
This is not a question. I just wanted to thank you for all of the info and compasion you provide when people really need it. I know you can joke and kid but somehow you also know when something is really bad. I have written a few times about my daughter and you always answered. Well our fight is over. She passed away two weeks ago after a 13 year fight. The point if you want to post this for those who come to your site looking for anwers is this : Please take this illness seriously and don't allow yourself to go into denial when you are feeling well. Take your medicines and don't take it for granted that when you mess one up there will always be another one or think the doctors will always be able to save you when you let things go to far. That is what she thought and now she is gone and we are all here missing her especially her young daughter who will not have her mother around to see her at HS dances, graduation, her wedding etc. Thanks Dr. Bob for all your caring...
Response from Dr. Frascino
I'm very sorry to learn of your daughter's passing. One thing I am certain of is that with her transition she has now found a place of health, comfort, peace and wonderment far, far beyond what we mere mortals can even dream about.
Thank you for taking the time to write in and share your insights. Let me end with a favorite poem of mine by Emily Dickinson:
Is not conclusion:
A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
You have my heartfelt condolences.
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