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Posted 2012-11-05T02:34:00Z

Week #2

It's been two weeks...and we all miss you so much!  Last night, Sally and I were going through your clothes, jewelry and makeup and we decorated your urn :)  It looks so pretty now! Sally went home this morning, and Sam, Doug, my dad, my Grandpa, Aunt Diane and I all moved us out of the condo. It was hard, but at the same time, it was a relief to know that we will be here for Doug whenever he needs us.  [...]

Posted 2012-10-30T19:35:51Z

Another tough day...

Thank you to everyone for you kind words, thoughts, prayers and memories as our family goes through this tough time.  Knowing that there is so much support around us has truly helped us all get through this.  Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to Anne's services on Friday, and for those of you who could not make it, thank you for thinking of us.  [...]

Posted 2012-10-26T14:53:20Z

October 26, 2012

I couldn't sleep last night knowing that we were going to say our goodbye's to Anne today for the last time.  I was up all night tossing and turning, thinking, crying.  I decided to write her a letter, in hopes that maybe, just maybe, I would be able to get to sleep when I was finished.  I wanted to share it with you, since all of you have been a great support to our family in this difficult time.[...]

Posted 2012-10-23T16:39:46Z

Anne's Obituary

Carol Anne “Anne” Shipley
Anne was born December 12, 1946 in Hamilton, Ohio to Jay and Virginia Shipley. Anne lost her battle with cancer on October 21, 2012. She was preceded in death by several aunts and four grandparents, Father Jay Shipley (1974), Mother Virginia Shipley (1986), twin brothers (1951), and sister Lynne Christine “Christine” Shipley (2008). Anne is survived by the most loving husband in the world, Doug Jilg, daughter Sally Shipley-Jilg, son Samuel Shipley-Jilg (Megan), and one grandson, Jimmy Jilg. She had an amazing career working in the first Black Studies College in the Nation, the beginnings of a new medical school, administrator positions at Michigan State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona, working in Children’s mental health in Arizona, and as a CEO and manager of a children’s dance and theater studio. But the most important thing in her life was her family. Friends may call Friday 10/26/2012 from 1-2pm at Zettler Funeral Home 2646 Pleasant Ave, Hamilton, Ohio 45105. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any cancer or developmental disabilities cause of your choice.[...]

Posted 2012-10-21T22:34:33Z

Sadness has come upon us..

Wow, I'm not even sure where to begin.  We all woke up this morning thinking we were going to be able to bring Anne home from the hospital today.  We had the house cleaned up, all of her medical supplies organized and ready to go.  She was up and talking with us this morning and seemed tired, but she was comfortable.  Around 12pm this afternoon, Anne's breathing became extremely labored and she was not able to breathe normally.  At that time, doctors had put her on full oxygen.  Anne went to be with God and his Angels around 5:00pm tonight.  She is now resting peacefully with the Lord.  She is no longer suffering and that is all we can ask for.  None of us expected this, not even her doctors.  We are all so stunned.  Please, if you have any fond memories of Anne, share them on our page so that we can look back on the good memories of her.  [...]

Posted 2012-10-20T01:02:41Z

Good news!!!!

Well, there's a little bit of bad news to start with, but it gets better, I promise! The home health nurse came out yesterday to draw Anne's coumadin levels, and the results came back at a 7.  Normal range is 2-3. Because of this, we (well Doug) had to take Anne to the ER immediately.  They gave her a Vitamin K infusion and found out that her sodium levels were low and her heart rate was high once again.  They decided to keep her overnight, and they have kept her tonight as well.  Hopefully she will be able to come home tomorrow.  [...]

Posted 2012-10-18T18:22:08Z

Things are changing..

Since Monday, Anne has been in bed almost all day, every day.  Yesterday (Wednesday) morning, she woke up and wanted a grilled cheese sandwich and a coke, and she ate all of her sandwich!  By last night, she didn't want to eat at all, and it was a struggle to get her to eat any of her pudding.  She woke up at 2am and didn't go back to bed until 6am when Doug left for work.  Today, we were supposed to get blood drawn at her doctors office for her Coumadin levels, and when I was trying to get her out of bed and dressed, she was just way to tired to even support herself.  I had to call the home healthcare nurses to get someone to come to the house to draw her levels for us. [...]

Posted 2012-10-16T23:26:25Z

October 16, 2012

Yesterday was the longest Monday we have all ever had to endure.  We went to chemo at 10:30am and did not leave the hospital until 4:00pm! Anne's PICC line was clotted a little bit and she had to have a medication to help un-clog the end of the line.  This process took an hour and five minutes to complete.  Once that was completed, they were able to start her chemo pre-meds (the nausea medications, as well as normal saline).  After the pre-meds, she was able to get her two chemo medications and her medication to make her bones stronger.  During this entire process, Anne was extremely tired and very, very confused.  The oncologist decided to take her off of her pain patch, because they believe that is what was causing most of the confusion.  [...]

Posted 2012-10-16T23:25:58Z

October 16, 2012

Yesterday was the longest Monday we have all ever had to endure.  We went to chemo at 10:30am and did not leave the hospital until 4:00pm! Anne's PICC line was clotted a little bit and she had to have a medication to help un-clog the end of the line.  This process took an hour and five minutes to complete.  Once that was completed, they were able to start her chemo pre-meds (the nausea medications, as well as normal saline).  After the pre-meds, she was able to get her two chemo medications and her medication to make her bones stronger.  During this entire process, Anne was extremely tired and very, very confused.  The oncologist decided to take her off of her pain patch, because they believe that is what was causing most of the confusion.  [...]