Update on Marie

A little more than two weeks ago, Tracie called me to tell me Marie had had a heart attack and was in the hospital, but it was minor and she was okay. Then, about a week ago, Marie had suffered a stroke, and she has been in the hospital ever since then.

I visited her at the hospital tonight, and I felt like I was in a fog. I didn't know why until I later realized that this time I wasn't there primarily to take pictures, but rather for the sake of visiting. When I got there her husband Paul was there along with her granddaughter Mysti and Mysti's boyfriend Matt. Also there was one of Marie's close friends she made at chemo, Ron. Since there were now 7 of us in all, we moved everyone to the floor's "lounge room," and just chatted for a few hours.

At one point Marie went around and asked everyone what they wanted to do before they die.

I saw the cancer on her x-ray. I saw the effect of chemo when she shaved her head. But it wasn't until today that this all became very, very real.

To see how I've covered Marie's story for the past two years, go here:

1 comment:

Alice said...

I met Marie a couple of years ago at a food safety course in Naugatuck and I was instantly drawn to her. During lunch break, we grabbed some lunch from a nearby grocery store and ate behind the rec building and talked and talked. Her courage and determination are unmatched. She is truly an inspiration. A really special lady who left a lasting impression on me. I think about her often and wish her all the best. I thank her for sharing her story and thank you for showing her story in such a touching way. Thank you also for the updates.
Danbury, CT