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Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

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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Posted by Chris Waters on July 25, 2016 at 1:06 AM

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I do not know you. I do not consider you family, friend, lover or such. I do consider you someone I wish I knew. I do wish that whatever time you have left is spent smiling, laughing, kissing, hugging and thanking all those close to you who have lifted you up in someway. Tonight we added you to my son's prayer. He asked who you were-I said "The Princess's Mother". He said I wish I could have met her. I said "Me Too". Until we meet for the first time in Heaven-Please take care.

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Posted by Harold Bone on July 24, 2016 at 10:31 PM

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Mrs. Alison, I did not know you, but your words are so deeply moving. Your article speaks so plainly, yet it depicts the saga of human experience with such raw, tender, bittersweet emotion. The resolute dignity you show in the face of fear and desperation is so powerful, so inspiring - befitting of someone who has fought against the odds her whole life for her causes. Even this close to the end, you painstakingly fought against your sickness and wrote this article. It couldn't silence you; you are a beacon that will not waver, will not be bowed by even the adversity that ends you.

I hope your daughter can read this article and learn who you were as a person. I hope that through the stories of those that knew you, and through your archived work, she can grow up knowing and admiring her brave mother, even without you there. May she have your strength to get her through.

As a young woman, I thank you.

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Posted by Diana Lu on July 24, 2016 at 6:58 PM

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Allison please,please don't give up. I've written a book title "Stress and Depression",The Real Culprits. Theory is all cancers comes from these, because they compromise the immune system greatly. They are not the same,but they work in harmony too overwhelm the system. Stress is a short term dilemma,and is subject to abate on it's,but if it doesn't, then depression sets in.This becomes the medium by which abnormal cells proliferate. Fear makes cancer cells grow. Long story short, there are things you can do.Laughter,touch,happiness produces a very powerful chemical that will put cancer in remission.Please,please lets try this.There is more too my theory,but space is limited. Just don't give up. Start walking and going places, where you see people doing funny things,just hang in there. Have the faith of a mustard seed in me. I'm a first time writer and the book is on hold, until I can find, preferable, someone who has won prizes that will lead them toward "The Noble Prize in Physiology and Medicine, like the Lasker Prize,Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Tang Prize,etc. I need someone to partner with me on making a medication I have in mind based on my theory noted above. A person who has won the award or someone on the edge of winning would be an ideal person. They would see my theory immediately once I explained it in detail. Mean while hang in there,don't give up.We can live much longer and happier than we are doing in our country. No one should be dying like we are,90-110 isn't no age. Good health and living long is a mind set. The Fins are dying like flies,because they suffer from depression. Darkness maybe a factor,but it doesn't have to be their coffin. Good luck in the endeavors pointed out too you.

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Posted by Perlin Aldridge on July 24, 2016 at 4:43 AM

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Our paths just crossed. Heaven is holding a special place for you. Sending peace and love....

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Posted by Andy Perdue on July 24, 2016 at 1:43 AM

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Thank you Alison.

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Posted by Laurie Kilmartin on July 23, 2016 at 10:06 PM

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Dear Alison,

I am so sorry for what you have gone through and are going through. I know. I truly know. Im just here to tell you that it will all be alright. You are loved.

You love and you made this earth a better place. All is ok. It is going to be ok. I believe that love never ends. It can not. Love is as real as our human bodies , it never ends, love is seen,felt and grows in ways that we can never fully understand.. Always. Peace.

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Posted by Lisa Eder on July 23, 2016 at 9:51 PM

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Dear Alison
Your story touched me; I admire your strength. A thought you expressed really stood out to me: "I don't presume to know what a next life would be like..." This prompted me to pray that you know God's forgiveness: Jesus, Who never sinned, took the punishment we deserve for our sins and gave His very life blood so that we could be forgiven and made right with God. God transferred to Him our sins, and He took the punishment for us as though He were the guilty one. The Bible says that Jesus (who had no sin of his own) became sin for us (who had no righteousness of our own) that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. When we repent of our sin – turn from our own way to God’s way, admitting to Him that we are sinners and need His forgiveness – God forgives us because Jesus paid our sin debt. God then makes us His child and views us as though we were as pure and right as Jesus Christ himself. Jesus’ righteousness is written down on our account, because our sins were written down on Jesus’ account. Because He did this, as a verse in the Bible says, we can be "absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

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Posted by Bonise Rogers Abley on July 23, 2016 at 9:24 PM

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There is still hope... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKbZBbLJR0I

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Posted by Lar Van on July 23, 2016 at 9:20 PM

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Phoenixtears.ca

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Posted by alldazehappydaze on July 23, 2016 at 8:22 PM

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Please, please would you consider checking into: http://www.hoxseybiomedical.com

There are many people who have made it back from the brink. I'm not affiliated in any way, just wishing you the best.

Posted by Sandy Wass Manning on July 23, 2016 at 6:18 PM

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Reading this column and browsing the comments, I am struck by those who apparently wake up angry and give a thumbs down to the promise of life itself. What a sad commentary, actually, that the ease and anonymity of the Internet creates a stronger and yet more fractured sense of community.

To our correspondent, I simply say, "Thank you and best wishes for your future and that of your daughter, husband and loved ones!"

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Posted by Tom Grogan on July 23, 2016 at 8:57 AM

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Alison. Thank you for your incredible gift of words and for always standing up for what you believe in, and trying to make the world a better place. It meant so much to me when you defended LGBT students and me when we were going against the bigotry of the SC legislature during the 'Fun Home' debate. You're an incredible woman and have impacted more people than you know. Thank you and we can only try to keep making the world a better place in your honor.

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Posted by Chris Piedmont on July 23, 2016 at 1:05 AM

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Alison, I don't know how you manage to top yourself every dang time, but you do - your writing is so clear, so beautiful, and so inspiring, much it would seem, like the lady whose zinely friendship I have valued for years. Thank you for the feminist t-shirts that Inky and I both wear with pride. You're a nifty number - always have been, always will be. Love to you (and your mother). Maybelles will ring.

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Posted by AyunHalliday on July 22, 2016 at 11:12 PM

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Alison thank you for everything you've done. I owe my egalitarian marriage, my many wonderful female friends who support me that I've been able to foster over the years, and my positive body imagine to how open and embracing you were to me as a baby feminist so many years ago. A million thanks to you and all my love. You've certainly helped to make my world, and the world of countless others, a more beautiful place and I will be forever grateful.

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Posted by Jodie Kay on July 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM

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Alison, I'm sorry I haven't commented before, but I didn't know what to say, too many feelings. I will just say, we will miss you, especially Catherine. It's tragic you had to go through this and having lost parents and lovers and friends, I can say with certainty when your suffering ends, we will continue to suffer, some longer than others. Maybelle will be fine and you will live on longest in her memory. That is what should be most important. For you, it's not the end, as no matter what you believe, it will be the beginning of a new chapter. Love you, Catherine's Mom, Carolyn

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Posted by Carolyn Springer-Smith on July 21, 2016 at 9:31 PM

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Alison, I appreciate your bravery, love, and faith. You are an inspiration to females, feminists, in particular, and to people in general. I love you. You are living a full life. You are not going quietly into the night. You have left your mark on this Earth. I love you. May the Creator of the Universe surround you with peace and uplift you.

Love,
Debra
Debra J. Gammons

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Posted by Debra J. Gammons on July 21, 2016 at 8:56 PM

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Since you were little more than a girl, you have had a way of cutting to the chase in such a graceful way, and planting questions in the minds of people that entice them to search for answers. Answers to hard questions. You have contributed
greatly to making the world a better place. Thank you for your MUCHNESS!

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Posted by Ann Stowers Franklin on July 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM

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This is my first time ever reading your column, i can see I've missed a gem. I live in NJ. One of my wonderful Facebook friends I've met because of my daughter's disability posted it. So I'm grateful for all three of you extraordinary girls. I am sorry that it's come to this point for you. I just said a prayer for you, Maybelle, your mother and your family. I didn't always have God in my life. For the first half of my life I did not. And then a long and debilitating life-threatening illness nearly took mine away. I was on the cusp, and that was the convincer. Jesus has never left my side and I know now that He was always there, even when I wasn't sure. He's there for you too. I pray for peaceful last days and for blessed assurance. God bless and keep you Alison. ❤️ From NJ.

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Posted by Sharon Vopal on July 21, 2016 at 2:54 PM

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There is absolutely a heaven! Please accept Jesus as your Savior and get to know Him! That's the only way, the ONLY way. Good people don't go to heaven...SAVED people do! It has NOTHING to do with you and EVERYTHING to do with Him. You are beautiful, strong and couragous on Earth, and I pray you will be in heaven for eternity!!! You are in my prayers, though I don't know you. God Bless!!!

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Posted by Andrea Clemenko on July 21, 2016 at 12:45 PM
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