Geraldine has checked out of the hospital after recovering from her second transplant. She is still in Richmond, but as of today, is no longer sleeping in a hospital bed! The apartment where she will be recovering over the next couple of weeks is about 5 minutes away from the hospital, which she had been staying in for about the last three weeks.  The good people at the MCV Massey Cancer Clinic are great, but she’s really glad to have returned to a somewhat normal environment. She’ll be visiting the hospital just about every day for blood work.

Over the past 4 or 5 days some circumstances were taking a heavy emotional toll. Due to a lack of sleep and being cut off from the rest of the world, especially her daughter, Geraldine was a wreck. It’s hard to imagine how it must feel being trapped in a hospital room while things are happening in the outside world that are beyond your control. The feeling of helplessness and futility are emotionally taxing. Even though she has visitors, it’s easy to forget that she was alone for this process.

I’m happy to report that she’s in a MUCH better mood, and although she is tired and weak, she is doing everything that she can to ensure a lightning quick recovery so that she can face the challenges that await her in the world back home. That includes removing and avoiding any and all sources of stress from her life over the next couple of weeks.

7 Responses to “Freedom!”

  1. 1 Harvey Lynch February 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Hello Geraldine,

    It was good to see you last Saturday, your last day at the hospital. You looked very good — much better than I had imagined after all that has happened. It was also good that you had some time with Viviane, and I as able to play a tiny role in that, by being the “RED – GREEN” person as the two of you walked along the hallway. The hospital staff looked on with much pleasure as the two of you made your way. You have friends at the hospital too!

    I can well understand that getting out of the hospital would be something you much have looked forward to. It is one more step on your road to recovery. There is still some re-building of your body after the assault of the chemo. The doctors have told what is needed, and I am sure you can carry through on that in order that you can rejoin in the joy of life with your many friends.



  2. 2 Courtney February 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I’m so glad you aren’t at the hospital!! I hope your non-hospital bed is more comfortable. So wishing I could be with you. Know that I love you.

  3. 3 Liz and Dan February 9, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    We think of you all the time and we know you can do this. Your strength, positive attitude, and grace is nothing short of amazing. You are a wonderful, wonderful person, and all of us are lucky to have you in our lives. Every time I think of you, I smile. You are a fantastic woman, mother, and friend, and we are here for you in any way you need us. We’re so happy to hear that you have been released and we wish you all the best as you recover. YOU ARE A SUPERWOMAN! Love, Liz and Dan

  4. 4 Pat (Crabby Patty) Dunstan February 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm


    You are absolutely incredible! What a tough and courageous person you are.

    I was sooo delighted to hear that you had escaped the hospital. Take it from me, I know from first hand experience that the worst place to be when you are feeling ill, is the doggone hospital. There are just too many sick people around.

    You’ve got to get better so that you can be my tour guide when I visit Paris for my 60th birthday. I wan’t to know what those mysterious Frenchies are saying behind my back.

    Gotta run for now. Stay strong and don’t forget that we love ya and pray for your recovery every single day.

    Lotsa hugs,
    Crabby Patty

  5. 5 Sarah Welsh February 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Hey Geraldine,
    It was so much fun to see you over Christmas break and to meet your beautiful daughter. Just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery.


  6. 6 Lyzz Rafferty Buda February 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Geraldine!!1 So glad to hear that you’re out! Just wanted to know that I’m thinking about you and really admire your spirit. I can’t even imagine waht a hard road tis has been for you! Hang in there chickadee!

  7. 7 Harvey Lynch February 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Hello Geraldine,

    It was good to see you again today at the apartment. This is a great place while you still need to be near the hospital. Hopefully, you will soon be able to go home to familiar surroundings. You still need to build your body back up, but you are making great progress already. You are looking great! It was also good to see you in good spirits and able to make jokes.

    I’ll be flying back to California, but I’ll keep in contact electronically.

    Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Love,


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