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Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:33 PM

DU member ms.smiler is no longer with us.

Her given name was Mary Ann, she was a small business owner in Penn.
She posted often about the mortgage fraud, was very knowledgeable, and had emailed me a lot of valuable info.on the subject.
One of her happys was suing illegal robocall people, she used the Consumer Protection Act against them, and invariably won!
Very very smart lady. Wickedly funny, too.

She was a very proud grandmother for the first time, and sent pictures over the months of her grandbaby.

Last Sept. one of my emails to her was returned with a message from her son that she had suffered a very very serious stroke,
he was quite shaken and prospects did not look good for her.
I have not heard from the family since.

I do miss her a lot.



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Reply DU member ms.smiler is no longer with us. (Original post)
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2015 OP
RKP5637 Mar 2015 #1
LiberalElite Mar 2015 #47
RKP5637 Mar 2015 #48
SoCalDem Mar 2015 #50
LiberalElite Mar 2015 #56
SoCalDem Mar 2015 #58
LiberalElite Mar 2015 #61
SoCalDem Mar 2015 #63
LiberalElite Mar 2015 #64
SoCalDem Mar 2015 #65
shenmue Mar 2015 #2
sinkingfeeling Mar 2015 #3
closeupready Mar 2015 #4
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2015 #19
closeupready Mar 2015 #20
A-Schwarzenegger Mar 2015 #44
Cooley Hurd Mar 2015 #36
laundry_queen Mar 2015 #41
closeupready Mar 2015 #49
madinmaryland Mar 2015 #42
erronis Mar 2015 #62
myrna minx Mar 2015 #5
KamaAina Mar 2015 #6
progressoid Mar 2015 #7
Mike Nelson Mar 2015 #8
midnight Mar 2015 #9
LittleBlue Mar 2015 #10
calimary Mar 2015 #17
herding cats Mar 2015 #11
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2015 #15
herding cats Mar 2015 #28
blm Mar 2015 #12
joeybee12 Mar 2015 #13
bigwillq Mar 2015 #14
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2015 #16
sabrina 1 Mar 2015 #18
Mugu Mar 2015 #21
LoisB Mar 2015 #22
mountain grammy Mar 2015 #23
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2015 #24
glinda Mar 2015 #25
TheNutcracker Mar 2015 #26
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2015 #33
Cleita Mar 2015 #27
sabrina 1 Mar 2015 #53
LeftishBrit Mar 2015 #29
Corey_Baker08 Mar 2015 #30
brentspeak Mar 2015 #31
dreamnightwind Mar 2015 #32
kairos12 Mar 2015 #34
BlueJazz Mar 2015 #35
Cooley Hurd Mar 2015 #37
sheshe2 Mar 2015 #38
raven mad Mar 2015 #39
malaise Mar 2015 #40
ladyVet Mar 2015 #43
lovemydog Mar 2015 #45
Ilsa Mar 2015 #46
MynameisBlarney Mar 2015 #51
Dems to Win Mar 2015 #52
countryjake Mar 2015 #54
Major Hogwash Mar 2015 #55
MerryBlooms Mar 2015 #57
Fla Dem Mar 2015 #59
riqster Mar 2015 #60

Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:36 PM

1. So sorry to hear this! Strokes are such serious events!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:36 PM

47. Many are very serious -

a co-worker ended up in the hospital for a couple months and then rehab. I had a stroke several years ago and got off very very easily. There is a window of about 3 hours after a stroke in which they can give an injection of some substance that can mitigate the damage. I blew past that window by over 24 hours. As a result I have some relatively minor, but permanent, residuals on one side. It could have been much worse - my doctor said it was caused by a tiny clot in a tiny blood vessel but in my brain stem.

The point of this post is - it doesn't take a big clog of gunk to cause a stroke. Watch your diet and exercise.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #47)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:40 PM

48. Excellent words of wisdom!!!!!! n/t

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #47)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 10:30 PM

50. I got lucky 2 months ago, with my stroke (Jan 21)

Last edited Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:44 AM - Edit history (2)

woke up and my left side was GONE...

I had a inch long "oopsie"..and fully recovered..whew !!

It happened while I was asleep..

So now I take my 325 aspirin and my statin..and hope I will not repeat the "event"..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #50)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:24 AM

56. That's when mine happened - when I was asleep -

I woke up, got up and fell over. Although I was aware of stroke symptoms, when it actually happened to me I was just "what the fuck" I couldn't walk without bumping into everything. Balance was completly kaput. Then I was concerned they'd be mad at me at work for calling in sick the day before Christmas. (!!) But I obviously wasn't going anywhere.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #56)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:43 AM

58. My left arm & leg were "spaghetti"

Lucky for me, I was able to make it to the bathroom somehow before I peed my britches...I normally would have slept for 3 more hours..
That's about how long it took for my arm & leg to come back (at the hospital)... for my arm & leg to come back.. I may not have ever even known I had had a stroke

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #58)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 01:07 PM

61. Did they give you

that injection? There's about a three hour window after the stroke in which it'll mitigate the damage. I blew past that deadline by about 36 hours.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #61)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 05:36 PM

63. Since they did not know when it happened, they said I was not a candidate

and since my stroke was not a hemorrhagic one, it turns out that the injection could have caused a bleed..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #63)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 07:23 PM

64. Oh i didn't know - thought the injection was for everyone

mine wasn't hemorrhagic either but I showed up in the E.R. way too late.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #64)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 08:06 PM

65. The nurse told me that it was dangerous to give it if you did not know exactly

when the stroke happened , and in some cases it could cause bleeding.. It scared me, even though I was miffed that they might be withholding something that I might have needed..

The whole episode was frightening though, because when the use of my left side came back it left again twice more before it came back & stayed....

It was like someone was flipping a switch..and I just hoped that the last flip was my way

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:37 PM

2. :(

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:39 PM

3. So sorry that we have lost another good person.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:41 PM

4. Yes, I remember her from this thread:

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025575501#post28

VERY smart woman. Interesting that the one with whom she and I sparred on that thread was PPR'ed not long after this thread.

Thanks for the head's up.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:18 PM

19. thank you for this

I never "met" her, since that's not a subject I'm into.

But reading her here.....I really like her.


Peace and vibes.....


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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:28 PM

20. YVW, Blanche.

 

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Response to closeupready (Reply #20)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:21 PM

44. And she was nice & patient & open-hearted to a poster who

turned out to be a troll.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 06:41 PM

36. Wow! Sadly, I don't have personal recollections, but her posts in that thread...

 

...were BRILLIANT!!!!

Funny how the person on the losing side of the argument has been banned!!!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #36)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 07:31 PM

41. It was a long time coming for that poster

never met a right wing economic theory he didn't like and defend vigorously.

I remember that exchange well - ms.smiler was wonderful.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #41)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 10:20 PM

49. Exactly. I can smell a RW troll a mile away.

 

I'm part bloodhound, I guess. Certainly, I'm ugly.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 07:47 PM

42. Wow. She joined DU just one week before I did.

RIP.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 01:42 PM

62. Thanks for the link - ms.smiler was a VERY smart person.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:41 PM

5. What sad news. May she rest in peace.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:45 PM

7. Damn.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:53 PM

8. Peace be with Mary Ann...

...on her new journeys.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:05 PM

9. kick.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:09 PM

10. RIP. Damn, seems like everyone is dying

 

Every week or so a new death thread

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Response to LittleBlue (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:17 PM

17. Yeah, no kidding.

Sounds like a good time to spread this one around:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026418496

Peace, safe passage, and high flight to you, ms.smiler.



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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:12 PM

11. I'm sorry you lost a friend.

I didn't know her, but I read through some of her postings from a thread linked here. She was smart as a whip, and any person who sued those vile robocall people would have been a hero of mine.

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Response to herding cats (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:16 PM

15. Not only sued, not only won,

but had such a lovely victory giggle about it.

She was the only other person besides me that I knew would do this.

even when I was overwhelmed by all the mortgage details, she would carry on, poking at the beasts.
She had 2 lawsuits going with her mortgage bank.
I guess they are moot now.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #15)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:33 PM

28. She sounds like a wonderful person.

I wish I'd have had the good fortune to have at least met her on here.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:12 PM

12. Such sad news

((peace to all who loved her))

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:14 PM

13. So sorry to hear this...

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:16 PM

14. RIP ms.smiler

 



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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:17 PM

16. may she rest in peace

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:17 PM

18. Omg, I am so sorry to hear that. I received so much information from her regarding Mortgage Fraud

after one of my friends lost her home illegally. She was a fountain of information and so willing to share it.

I hadn't seen her for a while but assumed she was just busy.

This is such sad news!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:31 PM

21. I am very sad to hear this. n/t

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:35 PM

22. Sad news. May she rest in peace.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:38 PM

23. Very sad to lose another DUer.

for ms.smiler

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:42 PM

24. Mary Ann...

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:45 PM

25. ...

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Response to glinda (Reply #25)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:49 PM

26. Did she pass away? I did not see that here, but see the RIP's.

 

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Response to TheNutcracker (Reply #26)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:59 PM

33. My assumption is that she did pass away.

From what her son said in sharing details, he did not expect she would live from the stroke
and I have had nothing from her since.
She would have definitely contacted me if she were able to.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:50 PM

27. I didn't know her but anyone who could get the best of

the robo-callers gets extra special prayers from me. I hope she's on the road to recovery.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 12:30 AM

53. I got to know her when my friend was going through a foreclosure on her house.

She really was a fountain of information on the subject, and she was very feisty, so I'm not surprised to learn that she went after robo callers. Wish I had had a chance to talk to her about that also.

I miss her and feel so sad to hear she is no longer with us!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:38 PM

29. I am so sorry.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:49 PM

30. May She Rest In Peace, DU Is More Than Forum, We're A Family!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:49 PM

31. So sorry to hear this

Rest in peace, ms. smiler.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:54 PM

32. Damn, she was amazing

and will be missed.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 04:08 PM

34. Peace to her and comfort to her family.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 04:13 PM

35. She'll be missed. I'm thinking of her family.

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 06:42 PM

37. Cross gently, ms.smiler...

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 07:21 PM

38. ...

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 07:23 PM

39. All the best karma to her; I am so praying she's improving.

Strokes are the worst, and my heart hurts for her.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 07:27 PM

40. Deepest sympathy

dixiegrrrrl

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:12 PM

43. Aw, damn. Peace to her friends and family. nt

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:26 PM

45. Rest in peace ms.smiler

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 08:35 PM

46. This saddens me. I hope she makes a good recovery.

Peace to her family.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 10:30 PM

51. :(

I didn't know her, but she sounds like she was quite awesome.
RIP ms.smiler.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 11:14 PM

52. In memory of ms.smiler

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 12:49 AM

54. So sorry, dixiegrrrrl. I hope that she's just having a long recovery...

and maybe you'll hear from Mary Ann soon. Thanks for letting us know about her, it's so sad when some of us simply drop quietly away and DUers are only left to wonder (or worse, few of us even notice that they're missing). I'm still worrying about where Uncle Joe got to.

Peace for Mary Ann and a hug for you


Here are a few useful links, in honor of the tenacious ms.smiler. I think I might file a complaint this week on a particularly obnoxious robo-caller, in memory of Mary Ann:

https://www.donotcall.gov/

https://www.fcc.gov/guides/robocalls

Telephone Consumer Protection Act
http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/policy/TCPA-Rules.pdf

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 01:21 AM

55. I'm sorry that you miss her.

I don't remember seeing her nickname, but that doesn't mean she wasn't important here.
Sadly, a lot of the old familiar names are no longer here.

I try to limit my time here more now because of it.
At times like this, I always remember what the Wizard said to the Tin Man --

A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.


I hope that she knew how you, and many others at DU felt about her, and loved her.

Peace.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:27 AM

57. I'm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to you, her family and friends.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 09:53 AM

59. So sorry to hear of her passing. Another good person gone. nt

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 10:32 AM

60. Condolences

I survived my stroke, but lots of good people aren't that lucky.

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