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Old 10-20-2021, 09:10 AM
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I lost my brother-in-law last night to Parkinson's Disease after more than a 12-year battle with it. He was in hospice and probably not aware of much around him. He was my long-term hunting and fishing buddy. He lived only about four miles away and since our respective retirements we spent many days together in the fields, woods, on lakes or streams. His situation deteriorated so badly that I couldn't even converse with him the last three years or so. And his wife (my wife's sister) went through hell taking care of him the past five years or more when he was almost totally dysfunctional. She is feeling both grief and relief now. A truly devastating disease!

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Old 10-20-2021, 09:46 AM
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So very sorry for your loss. I lost my father to Parkinson's years ago so I am very familiar with the hardships associated with this disease. Hopefully you can find comfort with the many memories he gave you. Memories of good times last forever. Our thoughts are with you.
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Old 10-20-2021, 09:59 AM
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So sorry.

Right up there alongside cancer.
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:03 AM
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The one way to remember him is to picture him in the woods or fishing with you in a quiet place. Don't bring up pictures of what he looked like recently. You can put them away. I lost a very close and dear older sister to cancer. I was at her bedside when they turned off life support. The first picture when I think of her is sitting in a chair at her favorite beach.

So sorry for your loss! Prayers to you and his family.

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Old 10-20-2021, 10:06 AM
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She is feeling both grief and relief now. A truly devastating disease!
You lose them twice.

Condolences to your family, Doug. Never easy.
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:08 AM
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Sorry for the loss of your partner in the good times Doug. There's so many rotten ways to depart this life to the next and thats one of the worst.
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Condolences for everyone's loss Doug. I lost a dear friend to Parkinson's a few years ago and it seems an especially slow and cruel way to go.

I've noticed that the older we get the more dead people we know until suddenly we are one. Great impetus to let go of petty things and try to enjoy every moment of this great but short gift that we have been given!

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It reeks. My mother in law has it. My wife's grandfather died with it. My dad's brother died with it too. His wife died before him from ALS so they both had a rotten ending to their lives. My wife has a lot of health problems herself but she has been living with her parents for a while now to help her father deal with her mom. It's awful seeing someone going downhill from Parkinson's.
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Lost my Dad to Parkinson's in 2015. It's the most cruel thing. I'm sorry Doug. Been there.
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Brutal. Just brutal. Sorry to hear it, Doug, but glad for you all that his suffering is over.
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Many thanks for all the kind words. Sophia is right -- you lose them twice. First when they just aren't who they used to be and then, this. Nick was built like a fireplug, strong as an ox, so kind and would do anything for you. He had a smile that would light up a room. By the time he went into hospice, he was essentially helpless in every respect. His wife had the patience of Job. We all marveled at how she managed. A heart attack is so much better. Life can be really cruel. What a waste!

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So sorry for your loss , Doug . Thoughts & Prayers .
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Condolences to family members and a special prayer for your sister-in-law for her devotion to his care.
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