roses for melinda




yesterday i learned that my dear friend has ovarian cancer.  i'm saddened beyond words. 
 these roses are for her.

 













 

52 comments

  1. I'm sorry for your loss. Your last picture is very poetic.

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  2. Hello Janet:
    News of this kind can be devastating and we are so very sorry both for your friend and for you. However, these lovely blush pink roses will we know not only brighten her day but, most importantly, will show her how much she means to you and that she is in your thoughts.

    All cancers are so very difficult to deal with and you must be positve and strong for her, through which we hope that she will be able to find the support so necessary for battling against her illness.

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  3. I am so sorry. I know it's difficult, but try to stay positive. I have friends who have beaten this beast ~ it's possible. I'll add Melinda to my prayer pot.

    Mary

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  4. I am very sorry. That is so difficult. I am sending good thoughts to Melinda.
    The roses you picked for her are beautiful.

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  5. Oh how awful, I hate these blows just come along in life when we least expect.
    Hubs and I - because we are a bit odd, have started our cancer list - things we would focus on everyday if we ever had to face it, fresh flowers went down onto my list so I think the roses are perfect.

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  6. Thinking of Melinda and you....those roses are sure to make her smile.

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  7. So sorry - best wishes to you and Melinda. I'm sure she'll enjoy such beautiful roses.

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  8. So sorry, and I wish her strength and resilience for the coming fight.

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  9. Janet,

    The roses are lovely...
    I am so sorry to hear that your friend has cancer.

    She will need to have support during her treatment.
    I hope that she has lots of family and friends in her circle to help her deal and cope with this diagnosis.

    Often cancer patients turn inward with their own grief and the uncertainty of their future. They do not reach out and that is where friends can help.

    The best thing a friend can do is just listen and be there.
    You sound like that kind of friend Janet.

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  10. Many good wishes from us for Melinda and for you, her friend. xoxoxo

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear that. Many hugs to your friend.

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  12. I'm sure you will be such a source of strength and support for her. Hang in there!

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  13. Oh Janet, I am so sorry for your friend. I'm sure you will be a comfort and help to her.

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  14. I am glad your friend has a friend like you. The roses are so lovely. Thoughts with you and your friend at this frightening time.xx

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  15. Janet, That's certainly terrible news. I trust and hope that things go well for her. A gift of your roses would certainly be welcome and comforting. Prayers and ositive thoughts and energies go out to her!

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  16. Janet I am so sorry. I lost my best friend to this same cancer about 4 years ago. Others have beaten it though. She will need you and your upbeat personality...the power of the mind is amazing. Sending both of you positive energy and many prayers.

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  17. Be strong for her, for she will need you in her battle.

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  18. Sorry to hear about your friend. I am sending good, healing thoughts your way. xo, A

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  19. Dear Janet, a lovely gift of lambs' ears and roses for your friend. I am so sorry to read this news but am sure that your friendship will be a great support for Melinda. Two of my friends are receiving cancer treatment at the moment and success rates are improving all the time. Sending my best wishes for a healthy outcome.

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  20. I'm sorry. What scary news. Only takes a moment and runaway cell to change our world.

    Sending you love and strength.

    xo jane

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  21. Janet, I add myself to the list praying for your friend and sending upbeat thoughts & white light her way. Those roses are sure to brighten her day.
    Many have beaten this and I sincerely hope she is one of them.

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  22. HI I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR FRIEND.THE BEST YOU CAN DO IS SUPPORT HER IS SO SO IMPORTANT,IF SHE DOES NOT WANT TO TALK IS OK.STILL BE THERE FRIENDSHIP IS SO IMPORTANT NOW AND TIMES TO CAME.I HAVE BEEN THERE.B.C. GOOD NEWS GOD IS SO GOOD AND MEDECINE IS ALL NEW..BIG HOPE..A BIG HUG TO YOUR FRIEND,I HAVE BEEN IN HER SHOES...BLESSINGS TO YOU AND HER.YOU ARE A GOOD FRIEND JANET

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  23. Hi Janet, I feel so much for you and your friend and all of those who hold her dear in their hearts. In case you are unaware of this most excellent book, please run to your bookstore and get this book for her asap. It is "Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips". It will give her connection, humor, diet and lifestyle changes with massive amounts of hope from someone who is fighting the good fight everyday of her life. Everyone should be armed with the information in this book. Prayers and heart-felt love to you and your friend.

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  24. positive thoughts and energy sent for your dear friend. I am so sorry...

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  25. Difficult news. I'm sending positive thoughts to your friend :)

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  26. So hard and difficult for everyone. My heart goes out to your friend.

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  27. I am so sorry to hear your friend has cancer. I am glad she has you to lean on.

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  28. -She will become a soldier now, and it will be hard.
    -First she will have to find a strength that will feel like wild abandonment because she will know that there might not be many days to look into the eyes of those she loves--or finish the things she still hopes and dreams.
    --Secondly, she will then have to go into battle and repeatedly tell herself that she will NOT be defeated.
    -Thirdly, she will have to realize that there will be a great need for rest and for peace and for love that only she can give to herself in the way she finds best because she will feel it heal her.
    --Fourthly, she will need to laugh and laugh alot because that, too, heals.
    --Fifthly, she will need family and friends who will stand strong next to her like her warriors and know the difference between when it's time to be silent and when it's time to start the pep talks.
    --Sixthly, she will have to learn to love herself like she's never had to love herself before--especially when she first loses her hair.
    --Seventhly, and above all else, she will come to know intense gratitude.
    I am a two year cancer survivor.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  29. That is so sweet Janet. It's a beautiful sentiment and I wish the best for your friend.

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  30. Janet, a few years ago my best friend was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. When she called to tell me I felt as if I had been kicked in the stomach. My thoughts and prayers go up for both of you and for her doctors who will determine her treatment. Your roses and especially your friendship are wonderful gifts to be given. Hugs!

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  31. The flowers are a lovely gesture for your friend. I also have a close friend who is battling ovarian cancer. I hope Melinda feels the outpouring of love and positive thoughts that are being sent her way.

    Barbara

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  32. I too have had such news of a friend. I found it within to be calm and be there and to intiuitively understand what she may need or want. This has been a comfort for both of us. I wish you and Melinda the strength that is needed to win the battle. Hearts and prayers for you both.

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  33. I am so sorry for your friend, and you, I had a friend go through this, she fort her battle for 9 years. I am sure your friend will enjoy the roses.

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  34. Best wishes for your friend Janet.
    xx

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  35. I'm so sorry. I know the roses will bring some joy to her day. I know your support and love will help her through this battle.

    xo
    Claudia

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  36. I, too, have a friend with ovarian cancer. I'm so sorry for your friend, Melinda and wish a full recovery for her.
    I'm sure the roses will brighten her day. They are absolutely beautiful.
    Betty

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  37. i'm so sorry about your friend. what a tough time for her, her family and friends. she is lucky to count you among the people who love and care about her.

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  38. I'm so sorry to hear that Janet. I will keep you and your friend in my thoughts. Best...
    Karin

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  39. Janet,

    I am so sorry to hear your friend has ovarian cancer. This year I too learned of two friends with cancer and both are doing extremely well after surgery and treatments. It is amazing what they can do. I'm sure your roses will brighten her day...it really is the little things that get us through.

    xo annie

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  40. Janet,

    I am very sorry to hear about your friend. On a positive note, I know someone who is a 25 year ovarian cancer survivor.

    How lucky she is to have you for a friend...

    Linda

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  41. Healthy and positive wishes for Melinda. The roses are beautiful, the colour so soft.

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  42. Sad news. But this post is a nice thought for your friend nonetheless. Positive vibes to you both.

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  43. I'm so sorry to hear this.....prayers going your way.

    xo

    Jo

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  44. Wow, I have had similar stories of late. It is such a mind (blank). Hard to wrap our mortal minds around such news. I know this may sound cliche' but in truth, it works, I will pray for her. So very sorry for this news.

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  45. Thinking of you and your friend.
    Camille

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  46. If Melinda is anything like the roses you picked for her, then she must have the most beautiful soul...and the kindest friend.

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  47. I am very sorry to hear about your friend and I wish her strength, peace of mind and the very best of treatment.
    For everyone who is interested in the treatment of ovarian cancer may I suggest checking out the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research. They are doing amazing work.

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  48. My heart goes out to Melinda, and to you as well.
    ~skye

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  49. Janet, today, I shall gather flowers from my own garden to honor your friendship with Melinda while sending fervent wishes with all my heart for Melinda's healing and for the strength I feel certain that you will transfer to her.
    Linda

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  50. As a young breast cancer survivor, I will be praying for your friend Melinda. Having your love, support and encouragement will mean the world to her. My best friend was there to attend chemo classes with me, pick me up from chemo treatments and listened when I needed someone to cry to. My husband and I were pregnant with our first child and will always be grateful for my her overwhelming support. Hugs to you both!

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