Alison, your academic and personal impact will last such a long time in so many ways and places. But nothing will replace your energetic can-do attitude or your "full frontal" feminist presence. I will miss you.
God bless you and your family and friends, that's really what life is about. This Wednesday 8/17will be the anniversary of my wife's passing. She also died of Glioblastoma too, sad, but your grace will also be remembered also. Best regards to your family and friends. Howard Mallinger
Beautiful Words Alison. You touched many hearts with your wonderfully positive outlook and grace. You certainly touched mine. xx
To the family of this wonderful woman:
Alison's soul will carry on through her daughter and all those who were fortunate to know her. I am thankful for her having shared her story with so many of us. Her grace and love shined through in every word she wrote. May we all learn to cherish life, family and friends as she did.
I wish her a safe journey and know that heaven will gain what our world lost .
Thank you for this. My beloved, beautiful, brilliant mother entered hospice this month at age 67, after being diagnosed in May. Her strength and fortitude serve her well, but I know it makes it harder for her to accept help now. I'm hoping she sees it as those who want to help see it--a gift to be able to be of the slightest assistance to this woman so many love.
I don't know you but your words is reflection of you soul which is like jowly .
God will never forget some one like you
From Saudi Arabis
Homophobia is a bigoted slang created by leftist Statists. It translates to fear of the same, which shows how bigoted and clumsy these agenda driven idiots are!
Whether some one can control behavioral desires does not make any behavioral desire a behavioral virtue. Reproductive systems are their for one reason, and the only phobics are the behaviorally perverted prideful bigots who think their perverted behavior illness is somehow entitled to recognition over other perverted behaviors like incest and bisexual domestic sexual relationship partners.
The left is a fascist collectivist body politic propaganda hammer. Stand up to them or be prepared to get fired and discriminated against for your behavioral viewpoints. They are extremely proud and spiteful!
Title IX and gender segregated sports for women only is fascist! Women aren't about equal opportunity, they are about promoting their own self serving interests!
I will not comment on the identity politics. I admire your unique courage in facing human suffering, instead of taking another way out. I have faith that your courage will be rewarded, and I will continue to pray for you and your family.
beautiful words from a beautiful person. RIP Alison and heartfelt prayers and hugs to Brian and Maybelle and others experiencing this loss
Even in your own struggles with this horrible disease, you were able to use your gift as a journalist down to your last moment to serve others. You are a saint!
Alison, this is after the fact...to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I hope to catch up with you in heaven.You have had a great life and wonderful with words. May you witness God's continious blessings on your family while you watch on in spirit.
Dr. Karlene Ferron
Beautifully said. We lit a candle http://www.fieldofcandles.com/Candle/Profile/54468 for Alison. Light a candle for her, too.
It's been four years since I left Charleston. This still broke open my chest like a cleaver.
Alison was my teacher, mentor, role model and friend. I spent a year living across the street from her. Whenever I would see her and Maybelle outside it brightened my day.
Thank you, Alison, for living extraordinarily and leaving us an immense legacy. You were one of my first heroes. Rest in power.
Never in my life have I responded to an article on the internet. I’m not a ‘comment’ kind of person, but I read this a few days ago and it won’t let me go. Had we ever met, I feel like there is much I would have liked to talk to you about. Since that is not possible, I wanted to share something that I hope does not offend you. You ended your story with, “If there’s a heaven, or whatever, I’ll see you there.” In the book of Revelation, God gives the apostle John a vision of heaven. Here’s some of what he said. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away… I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.” I have a feeling I am one of many who have wondered about your faith and tried to “save your soul” before your days are done. If you’re not a believer, I empathize with the irritation that comments like this can cause. I resisted Christianity for years. As I got older, I realized my views were based on what I wanted to be true, not what is objectively true. God either exists or he doesn’t. Either way, my feelings have nothing to do with it. After a long period of research, reading, talking to folks much wiser than me, etc. I became convinced that Jesus is who He said He is – the Son of God – and that as inexplicable as it seems, His death opened the door to heaven for us - an undeserving people in need of forgiveness. It’s hard to comprehend, but God loves you so much, that he would rather send his Son on a suicide mission to rescue you, rather than spend one day in eternity without you. If, like me, you have been resisting Him, I pray that you give Him a chance. Heaven is real; there are no “ifs” about it. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s obvious that many people love you Alison, but none more than Him. I hope to see you there.
Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your daughter will know how loved she is always. I belueve in heaven and love and your love will permeate forever.
You are a real inspiration to me, Noa, and everyone who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet and get to know you. What you have written is beautiful and moving and will be shared with many people and for many years after you are not on this earth, and we will miss you very much. I feel so thankful to have met and gotten to know you. Love, hugs, and wishes for eternal peace,
Was grateful to receive your post from another friend. I immediately shared on FB after reading, asking all to pray to the higher power they hold in their hearts. You will be in mine for a long time.
My friend, William Riddle, PhD, a medical physicist and professor at Vanderbilt, died on June 8 after a 40-year struggle with MS. The important piece, or one I hope is worth saying, is that he experienced much of what you have, especially as his brain didn't respond on command any longer. The difference is significant: you acknowledge life is short and your's may be shorter. Bill never got there and so his loss was especially tragic to me and others because it was unexpected.
Keep telling your story. Your grasp of this situation is magnificent and has made me better just for the reading. I am so sorry that we never met and that your talent, gifts and the amazing woman you seem to be will not benefit me and so many others. What you are doing now - writing, sharing, thanking, surviving - to the best of your ability is so wonderful.
Thanks so much, Susan Siegel
It was sad and inspiring to read your story. I am so sorry to hear of a good soul being taken too soon. Best wishes to you and your family always.
I don't know if you'll read this but if you do a stranger from across the country sends you love and comfort. My dad has a brain tumor like yours. I'm so scared about what the future holds but your honesty, bravery and transparency through this has given me comfort. No words can express the grief I feel for you, and your daughter. I share in your pain. Much love and God bless.
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