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William769

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Tue Nov 28, 2023, 05:52 PM Nov 2023

I was bitten by a huge bug this morning. [View all]

Please let me explain. I met the love of my life in 1990 (David) & we bought a house together in 1993 and David's biological son (Phillip) moved in with us & we were just the happy little family.

In 2000 David got sick and he had his good days & bad days. Then an unbelievably bad day came in April 2003. Phillip was visiting his Grandmother in Waycross GA., he was walking home from the high school after playing basketball and was hit by a drunk driver. He was air lifted to the Jacksonville trauma center in Florida. Needless to say we rushed to Jacksonville as fast as we could. His trauma doctor said his brain was swelling and unless it stopped swelling Phillip would not survive. We waited three days & the doctor said there was no hope and we decided to take him off life support & Phillip did not survive (his life was taken from him at only 17). I knew David would not recover from this and his health kept going downhill. David passed away in February 2006 and that was the worst day of my life.

I felt lost & alone but the survivor in me kicked in & life went on for me with the exception of holidays. I refused to celebrate or decorate because the spirit in me for that was gone.

in 2022 in August I passed out from low blood pressure & broke both bones in my lower left leg and while I was being transported to the hospital I went into respiratory arrest & they bagged me till they got me to the hospital (of course I was out for all of this). As I lay in the ICU on a respirator they had called my Siblings who were on my emergency contact to make my final arrangements. My one brother was adamant that this was my time to go & refused to sign off on taking me off life support. Two days later I can only explain it as a miracle, they saw life in me & started the process of taking me off the respirator. I then went to the Ortho wing, then to a rehab center. While I was in the rehab center Hurricane Ian hit with a force to cause major damage to most of S.W. Florida (while in rehab that's another story for another time). The house that we all lived in was heavily damaged. To this day I still have not seen one penny from my insurance company. That is what I came home to from the rehab center. To make the house somewhat livable I hired some people to do what they could do with the money I offered (I refused to empty out my savings account).

Well this past summer I decided to sell the home I had so many memories in, and I lost a lot of money on it because of its condition. I took the money from the sale of my home and a big chunk of my savings account & bought a brand new up to 2023 hurricane standards but a smaller house that I could easily manage.

Now to the huge bug that bit me. I have been in my new home for a couple of months & when I woke up this morning something got into me and I pulled our old Christmas tree, lights & decorations & decked the halls like I have never done before. I have been cooking & baking all day, I even have christmas music playing throughout my home. I guess the spirit I lost so long ago decided to come back to my new home where new memories can be made.

This is my christmas story for you all to enjoy. Happy Holidays al all my friends on DU.

P.S. Please forgive my Grammar.

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That was a good bug, William Hekate Nov 2023 #1
Yes it was. William769 Nov 2023 #61
What a story Jerry2144 Nov 2023 #2
Thanks. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #62
Bless you. Your message gives me hope. Ilsa Nov 2023 #3
... Permanut Nov 2023 #37
Thank you for sharing. Trust me, it does get better. William769 Nov 2023 #63
💙 sheshe2 Nov 2023 #116
So happy to hear this. Elessar Zappa Nov 2023 #4
Thank you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #64
Last year was the worst year of my life.... Happy Hoosier Nov 2023 #5
So glad to hear things are good for you now. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #65
William769, what a wonderful post. Philip and David will always be in your heart. Bless you. debm55 Nov 2023 #6
Tes they will. Bless you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #66
What a lovely heart felt story. Thank you for sharing it. BoomaofBandM Nov 2023 #7
Thank you for reading it. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #67
Good for you, William! Lonestarblue Nov 2023 #8
Thant means a lot. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #68
Beautiful story but oh so hard. MuseRider Nov 2023 #9
Thank you for what you said. Bless you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #69
I'm crying because of your incredible courage. yardwork Nov 2023 #10
I have known you online for oh so many years and you mean a lot to me. William769 Nov 2023 #70
And you mean the world to me, William. yardwork Nov 2023 #75
So beautiful ismnotwasm Nov 2023 #11
Truth Delphinus Nov 2023 #18
You're making me blush. I have known you oneline for years now William769 Nov 2023 #71
K&R spanone Nov 2023 #12
I am so freaking happy for you malaise Nov 2023 #13
Thank you malaise & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #73
Thank you for a beautiful OP malaise Nov 2023 #76
Holy smokes. What a sequence of major ordeals. I am glad you are OK and inspired by your spirit! nt Evolve Dammit Nov 2023 #14
Thnak you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #74
K&R greatauntoftriplets Nov 2023 #15
You are the most special to me here on DU. You make this journey here on DU, a wonderful one. William769 Nov 2023 #78
Tears of joy for you. Thank you fir sharing part of your journey niyad Nov 2023 #16
Very kind words, thank you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #79
Bless you and bless the brother who refused to give up on you Tanuki Nov 2023 #17
Thank you for those words & bless you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #80
wonderful comeback Sailingdiver Nov 2023 #19
Sending you this BaronChocula Nov 2023 #20
Right back atcha. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #81
*sniffle* redqueen Nov 2023 #21
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #82
Thank you! Happy holidays to you as well! redqueen Nov 2023 #87
What an inspiration you are, Bill. brer cat Nov 2023 #22
You also. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #83
I hope you continue to go with gusto! pandr32 Nov 2023 #23
Thank you for your kind words. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #84
The bug hit me this year as well n/t gay texan Nov 2023 #24
Fabulous! Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #86
You made me smile, Wlliam mcar Nov 2023 #25
What can I say, you make life worth living. William769 Nov 2023 #88
Sending tons of love your way! colorado_ufo Nov 2023 #26
Coming right back at you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #89
I'm just sobbing while reading this........ a kennedy Nov 2023 #27
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #90
Some bugs are miraculous! Thanks for sharing... Trueblue Texan Nov 2023 #28
Thank you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #91
I love the happy ending! Merry Christmas, William769! ❤️ littlemissmartypants Nov 2023 #29
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #92
David and Phillip couldn't be happier for you. MOMFUDSKI Nov 2023 #30
Thank you for your words. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #93
Whew! Color me relieved! calimary Nov 2023 #31
I live for you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #94
oh thank you for sharing this with us Tumbulu Nov 2023 #32
I am glad you enjoyed it. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #95
Tissue Alert! GAJMac Nov 2023 #33
Thank you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #96
awww seems to be some dust in my eyes Kali Nov 2023 #34
You're so kind. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #97
My ❤️ to you! boston bean Nov 2023 #35
You, my dear have a special place in my heart for your friendship. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #98
I love you, Bill. sheshe2 Nov 2023 #36
There have been times over the years that you pulled me through. William769 Nov 2023 #99
Thanks for sharing your story, William.. Permanut Nov 2023 #38
Thank you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #100
That was frigging BEAUTIFUL!!!! C Moon Nov 2023 #39
Thank you. William769 Nov 2023 #101
Wow. barbtries Nov 2023 #40
I will think of you & your story this Christmas. Thank you. William769 Nov 2023 #102
You must live on, and share their memories w/ others so all will know about David and Phillip. SWBTATTReg Nov 2023 #41
Thank you for those very kind words. William769 Nov 2023 #104
K&R betsuni Nov 2023 #42
Beautiful story ... thanks so much for sharing it. 💕 nt Raine Nov 2023 #43
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #105
So excellent! GeoWilliam750 Nov 2023 #44
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #106
L'CHAIM! (NT) CommonHumanity Nov 2023 #45
Damn AKwannabe Nov 2023 #46
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #107
Happy Christmas, William! Niagara Nov 2023 #47
Thank you for that. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #108
I am so happy for you. murielm99 Nov 2023 #48
Thank you. May the bug get you. William769 Nov 2023 #109
You have been through so much. Ruby the Liberal Nov 2023 #49
Oh how I wish that we talk like we used to. I really miss you. William769 Nov 2023 #110
Poignant story, William! Hugin Nov 2023 #50
Thank you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #111
((William)) blm Nov 2023 #51
Thank you blm. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #112
Thank you for posting this story LetMyPeopleVote Nov 2023 #52
Thank you. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #113
Thank you so much for this, William. It means more to me than I can write. n/t TygrBright Nov 2023 #53
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #114
Dear William LittleGirl Nov 2023 #54
Thank you. William769 Nov 2023 #115
Peace to you brother. Hugs nt LittleGirl Nov 2023 #130
What's your favorite Christmas song? viva la Nov 2023 #55
Thanks for sharing. Mine is Silver Bells. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #117
Thank you Wild blueberry Nov 2023 #56
Thank you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #118
I must have got something in my eye. BobTheSubgenius Nov 2023 #57
You too kind sir. William769 Nov 2023 #119
Merry Christmas and happy housewarming! AllyCat Nov 2023 #58
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #120
Bill, my heart is bursting with love and joy for you today! herding cats Nov 2023 #59
You too herding cats. Your place will look great! Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #121
Merry Christmas! BlueTexasMan Nov 2023 #60
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #122
What a great story! greblach Nov 2023 #72
Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #123
Glad it wasn't the bah humbug! CrispyQ Nov 2023 #77
Trust me, it's in the air. Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #124
WOW!!! Thanks for that. May you have smooth sailing onwards JohnSJ Nov 2023 #85
Thank you & Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #125
......... JohnSJ Nov 2023 #127
That's great ! KS Toronado Nov 2023 #103
Happy Holidays friend. William769 Nov 2023 #126
I'm so happy for you my friend! FakeNoose Nov 2023 #128
You too! Happy Holidays! William769 Nov 2023 #129
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