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Jenny Scott

Wow! Wonderful, moving thoughts by you, and I LOVE the quotes.
I am so blessed to know you, Lisa.
P.S. I'm so sorry you had to go through such pain with your feeding tube. That's just awful that he just yanked it out like that! I'd like to punch HIM in the face.


Wow Lisa! Your blog is very powerful. I'm amazed at how strong you are. I'll hold your ideas to laugh,think and have emotions that are moved to tears. They will help to give me what some people think of as (a no life-life)-- working, sleeping and eating so much more meaning. I am thankful for a movie with your mom, a beautiful day, a weekend with my grandchildren or an evening with friends. I'm looking at things through new eyes. Thank you Lisa, take care of yourself and continue to heal!


Lisa, your struggles with stomach tube and talking and swallowing and....AND your gorgeous flower photos are together so moving and tearful and uplifting--all at the same time. You make me laugh and cry and think. You are a gift. Thank you.

dana darnell

I just want you to know I am thinking about you and praying for you. No words of wisdom, just an imaginary warm embrace.

Rachel Pavis

Wow! Great! Lisa, you really are amazing! I am still in awe of the night we spent together! Able to make jokes but still so hard on yourself at the same time. Anyone who is reading this probably already knows, but you are an incredible inspiration! We are all blessed to have you as a friend!

Barbara Eldridge

Lisa, Sweetie:
Now that you can swallow, you & Marc can go out for an Irish Coffee on Valentines Day!

Marybess Goeppinger

I hope you can feel my hug! I think of you every day. let's have strawberry slushy drink . Let's make every swallow a treat. If your going to sweat, make it a happy a sweat. love you marybess

Cheryl Grant

Yay, Lisa! That's a HUGE success! You've earned it so enjoy it at your leisure.


I like your fighting metaphor. Here are a few more inspirational quotes about Muhammad Ali, who refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army and had to take his fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court--and eventually won!

Bryant Gumbel said of Ali: “…the civil rights movement …[advanced because] Black people were able to overcome their fear…. for many Black Americans, that came from watching Muhammad Ali. He simply refused to be afraid…being that way, he gave [others] … courage.”

Blues great B.B. King said of Ali: “By [Ali] standing up as he did, it gave many of us much more courage than we had; it gave us much more hope than we ever had before.”

The singer, Harry Belafonte, said of Ali:
"Muhammad Ali was the genuine product of what the movement inspired.… He said, ‘I will not play in your game of war. I will not kill on your behalf. What you ask is immoral and unjust, and I stand here to attest to that fact. Do with me what you will.’ He was very inspirational. He was in many was as inspiring as Dr. King, as inspiring as Malcolm [X]. . . . He stood courageously. . . . They could not break his spirit nor deny his moral imperative."

Another interesting tidbit I found out about Ali is that Sylvester Stallone's first Rocky film script was based on the life and comeback of Muhammad Ali!

Keep on fightin'!

love, hugs,


Annie B.

I'm with your mom, Lisa. Keep practicing with the water so that by next Monday you can celebrate with an Irish coffee. You are unstoppable and inspirational.

Jan Hofmeister

Dear Lisa,
So much inspiration packed into one blog! Every quote was very moving (or funny-gotta love the Mike Tyson quote). It is easy to get lost in a good place when viewing your amazing closeups of flowers. And as a friend it is so easy to know, admire, and love you through the intimacies you share. Your thoughts are cohesive and brilliant. Your struggles and victories are felt. (Yahoo for swallowing water!!)(Sorry you have to hurt!!!!)Your humor is woven throughout. That's a "heck" of a blog from a "heck" of a women.
With love, Jan
p.s. looking forward to hugging you soon!

Jan Hofmeister

p.s.s It's fun looking for the butterfly in your flower shots- like playing 'Where's Waldo' :)

Sandy Jelm

Perfectly said, Jan. "That's our girl!", as Ann always says about Lisa. You make us all proud, dear Lisa. Sending great love and always prayers, Sandy

Lisa D

Thanks so much, everyone, for your support!

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