WR - RE: Update on Rachel

ulrica ulrica at lx.net
Thu Apr 16 17:31:20 PDT 1998

    We know that you are in a difficult position.  I am proud that you have
taken such a wonderfully supportive attitude for Rachel.  Sometimes it seems
the anticipation is the hardest.  Let us know what you need.  Hang in there.
Sigrun and Ulrica

-----Original Message-----
From: Warren T. Klinger <bentnose at juno.com>
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Date: Thursday, April 16, 1998 3:33 PM
Subject: WR - RE: Update on Rachel

>I once again come to you asking you to put Rachel in your prayers.  She
>has taken a turn for the worse.  As of this morning; she had some
>internal bleeding somewhere and was vomiting coffee grounds.  The doctors
>feel that it will be any day now.  I will keep all of you up to date as
>often as possible.
>Because of some questions, a little background on Rachel.  She is my
>youngest sister. She is 22 years old and her condition was caused by
>chemotherapy treatments she received when she was 2 years old for cancer.
> She had cancer of the nasal passage and the upper palette of the month.
>The tumor was inoperable and that is why we used chemotherapy.  The
>medicines that they used back then, we were told would cause some
>side-effects, possibly some long-term even.  So little was known back
>then that we went with what we felt was our best decision and treated her
>with the chemo.  The cancer went into remission after a two year fight
>and the side effects started when she had been in remission approximately
>8 years.  The side effects included muscles and tendons not growing,
>heart problems, kidney, lungs and liver problems.  She was afflicted with
>shingles on a regular basis.  The doctors felt that as of 5 years ago,
>she was a candidate for a heart transplant and so we began the
>fund-raising.  We got her on the list, and began playing the waiting
>game.  Last November was when we had to remove her from the list because
>her other organs started failing as well and the doctors said that she
>would not survive a multi-organ transplant.  She then went on medication
>to try to prolong her life so that she could meet some goals that she
>set, but decided recently as many of you know to let the medicine run out
>and to let it come to an end.  Her decision was not liked by many in the
>family, but I do support it because I understand it is a matter of
>quality of life versus quantity of life.  And there is not much quality
>to life if one lives in pain constantly.  I hope this helps everybody get
>to know my sister Rachel a little better and know why she is so special
>to me.
>In Service to the Dream;
>Lord Angus Duncan Cameron
>(Warren T. Klinger)
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