Sunday, March 16, 2008

16 March 2008

Joanne returned to Pasqua Hospital today and is comfortable now in the Palliative ward. Her room is peaceful and the ward is well equipped to make it easier on everyone. Her symptoms are being well managed and she is now better able to focus her energy.

In the midst of yet another difficult day, Joanne was able to find some peace and even told Mom that “today was sweet” (a reference to one of Joanne’s favourite books, “If Today Be Sweet” by Thrity Umrigar – see blog posting dated Sunday, August 11, 2007 in Joanne’s book of the week blog). We agreed with Joanne that tomorrow would be sweet as well. All continue to do what is possible to make that be.



Fe said...

Dear Darryl,

Please give Joanne my love and tell her that I wish her peace. I'm not 100% sure exactly what I mean by that, but I feel strongly that that is what I want for her.

Love to you and all of her family as well.

Thank you so much for keeping us up to date.

love, Fe xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Joanne,

I hope and wish, that all your days may be sweet.

It is so sad, you are not able to stay at home with your family.

I'll send you a lot of positive thoughts and strength. Can you feel it?

Love, Trui

Anonymous said...

Just when we think there is nothing she could say or do that would wow us, Joanne does it again. Is there no end to your grace and strength, sister? It seems a resounding NO! You are simply amazing Joanne. The world has been a much better place with you in it. Know that you have made and will continue to make a difference in all of our lives. I Love You.


Joan said...

Joanne, I will miss you so very much and I will always remember you. Thank you so very much for being in my life.

And to Gord and the children, and to Joanne's parents and family, I wish you the kindest grief.

Anonymous said...

Hi Darryl,

Thank you so much for posting and mentioning details, like Joanne's thoughts, that help include us all in all y'all's journeys through this sad time.

All my thoughts go out to you and your families and most especially to Joanne as she makes her way through this final chapter. I wish sweetness and light for her, always.

Jo-Jo, a good wind under the wings, child. Happy flight to you.


apprentice said...

So sorry to come back to this news.
And thank you for taking the time to post.

So typical of Joanne to find just the right words for her Mom.

I can't imagine how rough it must be to nurse your child through this.

My love and that of my family goes to Joanne and all you as you live through this testing time.


Anonymous said...


Thank you for posting the updates to Joanne's blog during this difficult time.

Our hearts are with the entire family.

Gen and Glen

Jeff D. said...

Darryl, thank you for these updates. I just wanted to tell you and all your family how sorry I am. I know Joanne from the bcsupport site, and she is loved by many there. May all the bc angels who have gone before her wrap their arms around her and watch over her in these final days. Peace to all of you.

Joanne, I hope you find a bit of sweetness and peace in each day. Know that you have made a difference in the world, and that you will not be forgotten.

Jeff and Jenny

Anonymous said...

Thank you Darryl, for the postings.

Please let Joanne know how dear she is to us, and that she's being wished peace, grace, beauty and kindness for this day that she called "sweet."

You and your family continue in our thoughts and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Darryl, for keeping us informed. Give Joanne a hug for us - Today is Sweet. Joanne is a remarkable lady and you are all a wonderful family. Take care.
Laura and Blaine

Anonymous said...


Thank you for your continued updates during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you support and guide Joanne (and eachother) through her final journey. Peace and comfort await Joanne at the end of this road, and for that we are all grateful.

Lots of prayers and love,

Sean and Molly

Anonymous said...

If you can hear all of our thoughts you know how much you mean to us. Thank you so much for our last conversation I will treasure it always. I love you and your friendship will always be what I carry with me. You are and will always be in my heart. You are very brave and I hope you know how much we will all miss you. Love you," cry on my shoulder ,your a friend."
Dawn and Julie

Anonymous said...

Dear Darryl, you are remarkable to be able to keep us all posted here on this blog. With so many other things to think about (Joanne and Gord, Michelle, Craig, Brian) and yourself and your own family. No words can convey to you our feelings of gratitude to you for this strength. You are all a remarkable family. We all must walk with god that is what we are here to do. We love you Joanne.
Steve, Judy, Darren, Melissa, Adam, and Marianne.

Anonymous said...

Dear Darryl,

Please pass on our love and prayers to Joanne and all of the family. You are seldom from our thoughts.

Rest in God's love now and trust Him to carry you through this day.


Anonymous said...

Darryl, thank you very much for keeping us up to date - in a very trying time for you and your family. Prayer is what I can offer. May God bless all of you and may you all feel the strength of his love.

Michelle G.

Anonymous said...

Dear Darryl, Thanks so much for the update. I am currently in Madrid and I am praying for all of you. Yesterday I lite a candle for Joanne in a very beautiful church in Toledo.
Please give her a hug for me.
Love, Loretta

Bree said...

Peace be with sweet "sister" Joanne.She "shines" now and will always "shine" on for so many..huggzz~Bree

Anonymous said...

Dear Darryl, like others have said, you giving us these updates and allowing us to be a part of this leg of Joanne's journey is truly a gift. Thank you. May God's peace be with Joanne and her family and you and your family now and always. Claire

Anonymous said...

Dear Joanne & Gord and family,

We are holding you close in our thoughts and prayers each and every day.
Sending special Easter blessings of peace and love to each of you in the Schweitzer and Condon families.

"And He will raise you up on eagle's wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand." (from the song - "On Eagle's Wings")

Marilyn & Brian

Patricia said...

Dear Joanne
Once again you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers always. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. You are a truly selfless person and loved by all.

Patricia said...

Dear Joanne
Once again you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers always. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. You are a truly selfless person and loved by all.