Monday, December 08, 2008

derrick and mindy

I had planned to post an update about what I've been up to recently, but my energy and thoughts are elsewhere after learning about the passing of a friend and fellow SCT survivor. Derrick died on Saturday following complications in preparation for his second transplant in less than 6 months.

He and his wonderful wife got married less than a month ago. Looking at their joyful, lovely wedding photos again after Sunday's tragic news, I feel like my heart has sank.

I want to say more, but I'm finding it too difficult. I'm going to end it here.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no. I remember reading about Derrick on your blog before.

8:59 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...


My heart sank too.

Jane Owen

9:36 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Duane,

Although we have never met, I feel a special bond to you.
I am proud to say that I am Mindy Dull's mother and Derrick's mother in law and right now I am at a loss for words but I wanted to let you know how very special your friendship
shown Derrick and Mindy over the last 10 months has been truly special to the both of them.

10:11 PM  
Comment Anonymous EFG said...

so sorry for the loss of your friend....................

7:48 AM  
Comment Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...


Thank you so much for you kind words. I have also been following Derrick and Mindy, it is truly a sad day.


9:32 AM  
Comment Blogger Bekah said...

Dearest Duane,

My heart, hurts with you. As we both know the feeling of losing someone, who has fought so hard.

Sometimes, there are no words. My love and thoughts are being sent to Mindy and the rest of Derrick's family.

Take time, for yourself too dear. None of this is easy.

(emailing you back soon)



11:58 AM  
Comment Blogger Jim Anderson said...

It really hurts to see this disease strike the young so hard. They had their whole future ahead. I read some of the recent posts from their blog and viewed their wedding site slide show. This is not supposed to be what happens. I have a wife and grown kids. In my mind I was a much better candidate for this result than Derrick. If there was any fairness in who gets the 'poor transplant outcome' pink slip it should have been me, not someone just starting out in life. I grieve for Mindy.

8:15 PM  

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