Thumbs Up

Danny B. Head level-deluxe 9/11/2012 3:13:29 AM

Very touching! #1485726

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe 9/11/2012 3:31:03 AM

So sad. It's a nasty disease. Love the photo. #10317815

Antonio Amen level-deluxe 9/11/2012 3:32:55 AM

Nice shot. #10317820

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe 9/11/2012 3:33:23 AM

Sad story Michelle, sickness and death are always so hard. Your image says so much! #10317821

Jack Gaskin level-deluxe 9/11/2012 3:45:06 AM

A nice tribute

Jack #10317869

Karen E. Michaels level-deluxe 9/11/2012 4:11:50 AM

Touching tribute, indeed. #10317908

Alan L. Borror 9/11/2012 4:29:04 AM

Lovely and sad at the same time! #10317941

R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe 9/11/2012 4:44:58 AM

Such an emotional capture with a very touching story behind it, Michelle. #10317968

Steve D. Hinkle level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:01:18 AM

Michelle, very touching and sad, wishing her all the best. #10318001

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:04:04 AM

Terrible disease for sure. Moving and emotional story. #10318007

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:07:16 AM

A truly beautiful image and tribute Michelle. #10318011

Douglas Pignet level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:24:38 AM

lovely capture #10318047

Tiia Vissak level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:48:47 AM

a sad story, but a wonderful image! #10318079

Susan Williams level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:52:27 AM

A beautiful image and a beautiful story captured here, Michelle. #10318089

Lynn M. Whitt level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:56:12 AM

A beautiful and emotional capture. #10318101

Dayna Cain level-deluxe 9/11/2012 6:14:52 AM

Her "thumbs up" gesture speaks volumes about her spirit, character and generosity. Excellent image Michelle. #10318129

Rony Sagy 9/11/2012 7:31:19 AM

What a touching story telling capture, Michelle. #10318241

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe 9/11/2012 7:45:30 AM

This image 'tells' the story - beautiful and moving! #10318265

David Hurt level-deluxe 9/11/2012 8:38:02 AM

Touching shot. #10318319

Yulianto Soeroso level-deluxe 9/11/2012 9:33:39 AM

interesting with that narration m and talk photo #10318398

Amanda J. Tanner level-deluxe 9/11/2012 11:21:56 AM

Very Touching and Sad. I am glad she got to be with her friend again. My brother is in a nursing home battling with cancer. He cannot talk now and he lights up when friends stop by to see him. Your work here is wonderful and I am glad you shared it with us Michelle. #10318480

Jeffrey R. Bange 9/11/2012 12:33:54 PM

Beautiful tribute Michelle to your husbands dear friend. #10318535

Neal D. Hatcher level-deluxe 9/11/2012 12:37:34 PM

Beautiful and touching tribute-May that
we all can be thumbs up at that time
--------------"WELL DONE"------------ #10318541

Mike Clime 9/11/2012 12:46:34 PM

Great tribute to her, Michelle! She has a positive attitude. #10318553

frank w. degenhardt level-deluxe 9/11/2012 12:56:24 PM

Beautiful, touching, heartbreaking, so sad. To have your mind but no body, I feel pain at her being locked in. It was so moving to see her give the thumbs up to her friend. Beauty in message and look my friend. #10318565

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 9/11/2012 1:29:57 PM

Beautiful but so sad at the same time. This is a wonderful tribute to her and your husband. #10318607

Lorraine A. Cook 9/11/2012 3:09:51 PM

Oh...This is a beautiful moment you captured, Michelle! Thank You for sharing this touching image with us, My Friend!!

Last week, my next door neighbor was placed in a nursing facility. She endured cancer treatments over the past two years and there is no more doctors can do for her. The treatments affected her brain...


Anita Hogue 9/11/2012 4:58:35 PM

Sad........but soooo beautiful!

(I live in Tennessee.....I am truly touched. We live about 2 hours SE of Nashville!} #10318864

Barbara Waldoch 9/11/2012 4:58:47 PM

Sad and beautiful... #10318865

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe 9/11/2012 5:28:52 PM

Beautiful photo and very moving caption!! Visitations such as this, always toug;, wishing all well. #10318904

Ann Coates level-deluxe 9/11/2012 8:05:57 PM

Wow, what a moving capture this is Michelle and so very sad. #10319084

Deborah C. Lewinson level-deluxe 9/11/2012 8:10:35 PM

Thanks for sharing, Michelle, she has a valiant spirit!

Debby #10319093

Rona L. Schwarz 9/11/2012 10:02:28 PM

A very moving capture, Michelle, so sad but at the same time a marvelous testament to her spunk and perseverance, She sounds like quite a lady. A work colleague of mine died from ALS last year - a terrible disease. #10319153

Guy D. Biechele level-deluxe 9/12/2012 4:39:20 AM

Touching and beautiful photograph. This artistic image says so much. #10319477

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 9/12/2012 10:56:39 AM

Touching tribute Michelle. Well done. #10319867

Connie J. Bagot 9/12/2012 1:00:46 PM

Beautiful and expressive image---I'm so sorry for your friend. #10319950

Teresa Moore 9/12/2012 8:34:12 PM

A beautiful tribute to your friend. This story and photo touches my heart. #10320502

Kathy Reeves level-deluxe 9/13/2012 9:30:08 AM

I am moved,and speechless, Michelle. #10321346

Karen Celella level-deluxe 9/13/2012 12:33:57 PM

Very moving capture and story, Michelle! #10321562

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 9/13/2012 12:48:54 PM

AMAZING work Michelle, and your touching story makes this all the more beautiful!!! As a home health RN I have seen first hand this horrible cruel disease, I am so glad you got that last good by!! <>< #10321589

Ken Smith level-deluxe 9/16/2012 6:21:15 AM

Superb story-telling, Michelle and she knows she's going to better place soon. Excellent job on this! #10324964

Michelle Alton level-deluxe 9/16/2012 7:01:51 AM

For all of you who looked and commented on this photo, I would like you to know that unbeknownst to me, all of your remarks were read to Jan as he looked at this photo and held it to her chest. She wrote, "None of these people know me, yet they do!"

Jan passed this morning at around 6:30 Eastern time. You all contributed to the peace she had. #10325029

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 9/16/2012 12:50:58 PM

What a beautiful image, and a touching tribute to your husband's friend. #10325369

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 9/17/2012 10:30:02 PM

This is really beautiful... Touch me a lot, because my wife is actually on this stage. (Pancreatic cancer)
R.I.P Jan #10327198

Mike R. Howe 9/18/2012 5:16:30 PM

Such a beautiful,poignant image,Michelle...I'm so sorry. #10328388

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe 9/19/2012 6:18:25 AM

Oh Michelle....this beautiful touching capture says it all. Hopefully we all have the same grace and dignity when this stage of life comes to us. I'm sorry for the pain and the loss, but celebrate that very long friendship for Bill and that connectedness.Thank you for sharing this very tender moment with us all... #10328996

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This past weekend, Bill and I drove to Tennessee to say our final "goodbyes" to his very close friend who is in the end stage of her battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
It was a wonderful reunion for them; She can see, hear, and has limited use of her hands, but is otherwise immobile. Her brilliant mind is still vibrant.. She can write her thoughts (miraculously) very slowly and deliberately and she can sign (American Sign Language) with her fingers to express her thoughts to those to whom she has taught the alphabetic signs.
One of the first things she wrote to us during our visit was, "I am locked in!"

Here she gives a thumbs up to another very close friend who was also visiting.
During the two days that we were in Tennessee, Bill and she embraced, cried, laughed, and reminisced about their twenty-plus year friendship. Being there was indescribably moving for me.

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 6400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

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