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    wow...my the good lord continue to shine his light upon you....faith and believing in something u can not touch or hold can be amazing.....Aruba continues to be an amazing place and heals us everytime we go....god bless, good wishes and continue to get better!!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    Amazing story!

    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    “In the darkest moments……Thank you Aruba.”

    In January, 2011 we returned home from Aruba after a 4 week stay. My wife was not feeling well during the stay in Aruba and upon our return home she visited our Doctor. Tests performed showed the presence of cancer.
    My wife was referred to the University Health Network of Hospitals who immediately started diagnosis. The findings and prognosis were not good. Stage 4 Cancer! We were in our darkest times.
    As it turned out, the Hospitals were in the process of conducting a research program into the rare form of cancer my wife had. After many tests…muggagrams, mammograms, CT Scans, MRI’s, blood tests and so on the Doctors pronounced their findings. Stage 4 Cancer with a high probability of reoccurrence.
    Treatments started. Chemo, followed by surgery and then 7 weeks of daily radiation. Through all of this we attempted to stay positive. During the process, complications arose. In June of 2011, the Doctors asked me to place her into palliative care as they had concluded that her life was not likely to continue beyond the next 48 hours. I could not. I stayed by her side as much as possible.
    After several days in intensive care, she started to recover. The Doctors assessed the situation and put her onto an intense program of vaccination and medications associated with their research. While painful and distressing, she started to “come back” While sleeping 18—20hours a day, she was able to talk about things that meant the most to her. One of these was the ultimate desire to return to Aruba.
    The fall of 2011 was difficult but the dream of the return lingered. By December she resolved that she must come back. We then met with her lead oncologist ( who, it turned out had honeymooned in Aruba) to discuss this desire. We contacted the hospital here ( Dr Henk Wasaneer…oncologist) and they immediately agreed to connect with her doctors and provide any assistance required.
    So, for Christmas, she got to return. Her love of the island, coupled with the friendly and warm affections of her Aruban friends assisted in putting the cancer into the background. While not able to do all the things she previously enjoyed, Aruba and her people certainly went a long way to taking her mind off things. She returned home for more treatments in a very positive mind.
    Since that visit and her return, there have been many more treatments. She came back to Aruba in April 2012, and is now here again until September 2012. The Doctors cannot believe her progress and her return from the depths of despair. They feel the cancer has been beaten.
    Aruba was the one thing that stayed at the front of all discussions and hope during this black and depressing time.

    To Aruba the country, and to all thoseArubans here who graciously assisted us in these tough times….a truly heartfelt thank you. Sometimes the words cannot say enough.
    I can't believe how wonderful of a story this is... And how close to home it hits for me!

    I had a trip planned to Aruba for December of 2011. This would have been trip #5 for us. I purchased trip insurance since my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 2 months before our trip, I was diagnosed with breast cancer....and I was only 30 years old. My surgery was scheduled for 2 weeks before our Aruba departure and doctors agreed that there would be no way for me to travel. So, I called the travel company, sobbing, and cancelled my long awaited trip.

    The day we were supposed to leave, I remember being extremely depressed. As the week went along, I could only imagine what I would have been doing if I was in Aruba at that moment, 11 am I would think about how the beach bar at the Marriott opened, Tues evening would have been at Smokey joes for ribs, Friday would have been dinner night at Madame janettes, etc. I remember crying several times that week.

    The day before we were supposed to return, I received a phone call from the hospital that my mom had been admitted and that she took a turn for the worst. Still recovering from my own surgery, I went to her in the hospital. I spent the next handful of days by her side as much as I could. She died 5 days after being hospitalized. Because of my own cancer and having to cancel my trip, I was blessed with being with her for a couple of extra days.

    Starting in January, I underwent 4 months of intense chemotherapy followed by 1 1/2 months of radiation. Every time I would encounter an uncomfortable situation, like being ill or before being pricked by a needle, my mind always went to my safe place, under my palapa in Aruba overlooking the water. Pending on how I felt, sometimes I would be sipping an Aruba Ariba or a piña colada, but I would always envision that crystal aqua water.

    I made a promise to myself that I would treat myself to a visit in Aruba once I was well. Well, At 31 years old, my day dream will become a reality in October, almost a year to the day of being diagnosed. My husband and I will celebrate the remission of my cancer and hope that I will also be cured for good!

    I'm sure many people understand how Aruba can be "One Happy Island" for them. For me, it's always meant a little more than that.

    Thank you for sharing your story and I hope you enjoyed reading mine. God bless. Cheers to many years of good health and happy visits to our happy island!
    Last edited by minky1225; 08-04-2012 at 05:40 PM. Reason: Typo

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    Moving

    I am not an emonitional person, but ....
    Aruba is a special place for so manny of us and stories like the 2 here are great...Aruba and prayer heals not only the body and soul...

    Much health to you both ... will be in Aruba in September... cant wait..

    God Bless

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    God bless you both. I for one believe Aruba certainly contributed along with her treatment and strength to her well being. Keep enjoying Aruba and the rest of your lives. Amazing

    Schurssy

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    Yet another story about the healing powers of Aruba.

    It is a good reminder as well that you do not have to physically be on the island to reap the benefits of her spirit.

    God bless you and a continued healthy recovery.

    Quote Originally Posted by minky1225 View Post
    I can't believe how wonderful of a story this is... And how close to home it hits for me!

    I had a trip planned to Aruba for December of 2011. This would have been trip #5 for us. I purchased trip insurance since my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 2 months before our trip, I was diagnosed with breast cancer....and I was only 30 years old. My surgery was scheduled for 2 weeks before our Aruba departure and doctors agreed that there would be no way for me to travel. So, I called the travel company, sobbing, and cancelled my long awaited trip.

    The day we were supposed to leave, I remember being extremely depressed. As the week went along, I could only imagine what I would have been doing if I was in Aruba at that moment, 11 am I would think about how the beach bar at the Marriott opened, Tues evening would have been at Smokey joes for ribs, Friday would have been dinner night at Madame janettes, etc. I remember crying several times that week.

    The day before we were supposed to return, I received a phone call from the hospital that my mom had been admitted and that she took a turn for the worst. Still recovering from my own surgery, I went to her in the hospital. I spent the next handful of days by her side as much as I could. She died 5 days after being hospitalized. Because of my own cancer and having to cancel my trip, I was blessed with being with her for a couple of extra days.

    Starting in January, I underwent 4 months of intense chemotherapy followed by 1 1/2 months of radiation. Every time I would encounter an uncomfortable situation, like being ill or before being pricked by a needle, my mind always went to my safe place, under my palapa in Aruba overlooking the water. Pending on how I felt, sometimes I would be sipping an Aruba Ariba or a piña colada, but I would always envision that crystal aqua water.

    I made a promise to myself that I would treat myself to a visit in Aruba once I was well. Well, At 31 years old, my day dream will become a reality in October, almost a year to the day of being diagnosed. My husband and I will celebrate the remission of my cancer and hope that I will also be cured for good!

    I'm sure many people understand how Aruba can be "One Happy Island" for them. For me, it's always meant a little more than that.

    Thank you for sharing your story and I hope you enjoyed reading mine. God bless. Cheers to many years of good health and happy visits to our happy island!

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    God rest your mom and many blessing to you for a full and complete recovery / cure.

    Aruba seems to be a "safe place " for many.QUOTE=minky1225;230905]I can't believe how wonderful of a story this is... And how close to home it hits for me!

    I had a trip planned to Aruba for December of 2011. This would have been trip #5 for us. I purchased trip insurance since my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 2 months before our trip, I was diagnosed with breast cancer....and I was only 30 years old. My surgery was scheduled for 2 weeks before our Aruba departure and doctors agreed that there would be no way for me to travel. So, I called the travel company, sobbing, and cancelled my long awaited trip.

    The day we were supposed to leave, I remember being extremely depressed. As the week went along, I could only imagine what I would have been doing if I was in Aruba at that moment, 11 am I would think about how the beach bar at the Marriott opened, Tues evening would have been at Smokey joes for ribs, Friday would have been dinner night at Madame janettes, etc. I remember crying several times that week.

    The day before we were supposed to return, I received a phone call from the hospital that my mom had been admitted and that she took a turn for the worst. Still recovering from my own surgery, I went to her in the hospital. I spent the next handful of days by her side as much as I could. She died 5 days after being hospitalized. Because of my own cancer and having to cancel my trip, I was blessed with being with her for a couple of extra days.

    Starting in January, I underwent 4 months of intense chemotherapy followed by 1 1/2 months of radiation. Every time I would encounter an uncomfortable situation, like being ill or before being pricked by a needle, my mind always went to my safe place, under my palapa in Aruba overlooking the water. Pending on how I felt, sometimes I would be sipping an Aruba Ariba or a piña colada, but I would always envision that crystal aqua water.

    I made a promise to myself that I would treat myself to a visit in Aruba once I was well. Well, At 31 years old, my day dream will become a reality in October, almost a year to the day of being diagnosed. My husband and I will celebrate the remission of my cancer and hope that I will also be cured for good!

    I'm sure many people understand how Aruba can be "One Happy Island" for them. For me, it's always meant a little more than that.

    Thank you for sharing your story and I hope you enjoyed reading mine. God bless. Cheers to many years of good health and happy visits to our happy island![/QUOTE]

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    Minky1225, Thank you for sharing your story too! Very moving..... but with Aruba in your heart, your are definately on the right track for a happy ending (beginning)... God bless and continue to be well!

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    wishing you best possible luck and be well.

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    Minky 1225, Firstly my condolences on the loss of your mother. Secondly, keep fighting and it is great that you are battling this cursed disease. To all those who responded with blessings and encouragement to my post...thank you. I am sure there are also others who are presently battling this and who have read this topic.

    It is a tough battle to wage and only those who have can really appreciate the difficulties. The emotions, the stress on family, partners and friends. The tremendous financial burden. The loss of confidence...it just goes on.

    I truly hope that one day before too long, cures are found.

    To all.....thank you for the encouragement.
    Last edited by aquaman; 08-05-2012 at 11:09 AM. Reason: typo

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    Trust in God; faith that one will overcome; and, encouragement of friends and family are all contributing factors; but, as both these stories stress there definitely is a healing factor in addition to the above in returning to Aruba, which, has it's own formula for healing; the people; one happy island, and always a warm welcome back.

    God bless you; hope you not only remain in remission; but will become completely cured.

    May your mother rest in peace. It was divine providence, I think, that kept you there by her side instead of being away.

    Ed

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