I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your warm wishes, positive energy, love and support regarding Monday’s MS procedure in Albany NY. I can’t begin to describe how deeply touched and blessed I felt to receive such incredible warmth and caring, it was truly overwhelming.

Stephen has shared bits of this year long journey of deliberation and uncertainty with the CCSVI treatment, articulating with tremendous accuracy the mechanics and implications of the procedure and his personal thoughts and feelings in his uniquely intimate way. So, I asked him for a little blog space to share my profound appreciation and admiration to my husband and partner whose unwavering love, support and friendship nurtures and strengthens me every day. I can’t say thank you enough Stephen!

I may have the disease, but the painful reality for most loved ones of people with illness is that he also struggles with the disease; among other things with a sense of helplessness and frustration often equal to my own. Ahhh, how complicated…and so we support each other.

Even today I wonder how can a man who seems to have come from another world could so readily have embraced a life not just with a mother of four, but with a woman suffering from an incurable degenerative condition. Well, ten wonderful years+ later, I’m still baffled but also deeply blessed and very much aware of how we both have grown in ways and depths neither of us thought possible. I understand and appreciate how we both work every day to stay ‘awake’, to reflect, and face our doubts and demons, separately and together. This ‘work’ strengthens our bond— with ourselves, with each other, and is a wonderful example to our children, what more could I hope for in this fragile uncertain life?

Now that the procedure is over and according to the surgeons went well, I’m looking forward to the holidays with my family; let go of all doubt and speculation and move forward.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and joyful holidays,


Author: Caroline

Caroline is Director of New Way Personal Life Coaching

11 thoughts on “Thanks”

  1. My husband died suddenly 5 years ago this past week. Your comments about how you love and support each other through ‘thick and thin’ reminds me of the love I shared with my husband. Thank you for the wonderful memory. You are blessed to have this relationship in your life that you obviously nurture and appreciate. Best wishes for this continued love. Wishing you health and happy holidays!

  2. Dear Caroline and Stephen,

    I was very interested in reading Stephen’s blog about your treatment and the impact it had on both of you separately and together as a couple. You are both very lucky to have each other and to be in this mutually supportive loving relationship.

    I am happy to hear that the treatment went well and wish for you that you realize the maximum health benefits possible.

    I wish both of you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Best regards


  3. Good Morning Caroline:

    I read Stephen’s news last night on his blog and breathed a sigh of relief. (Too tired last night to respond) You have been in my thoughts constantly….may I also say here that Margo and I having discussed your decision she has been routing for you as well….it was encouraging to read your words of love and bond with Stephen….regretably many souls never get to experience such a relationship in their life time….I have come to the realisation that we are a product of our environment….or that is the way I see it….you have given your children the greatest gift and one that should hopefully aid them in obtaining a well balanced and happier future…..even with all the ups and downs that life throws their way….Thank you for your heartfelt words Caroline….have a very restful, peaceful Christmas with your beloved Stephen and children.

    Love Ronnie

  4. Dear Caroline,

    I wish you wonderful shared times with your loving family
    over the Holiday season and always..

    big hugs

  5. Dear Caroline,

    Your blog moved me to tears, it was just beautiful to read about the love and understanding you share with Stephen. It gives me hope that true and enduring love exists! Im so happy to hear that the procedure went well. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and may the New Year make all your dreams come true! Id also like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the help and support that you’ve shown me. Who says there are no angels on earth???

    bye for now,

    Alex xoxox

  6. Dear Caroline,
    It was wonderful to hear from you and hear your perspective too. Stephen certainly did a phenomenal job of helping us understand the procedure. The love and support the two of you share is very special. I admire each of you so much and the two of you as a couple. You are such wonderful role models for not only your family but friends and students, as well. I’m glad all the deliberation and decision making is behind you and now we hope that a positive change in your physical health happens.
    Have a peaceful Christmas surrounded with warmth and love of family.
    Thanks again Stephen for that personal informative blog that you wrote while Caroline was going through the procedure.
    With Love,

  7. What a wonderful Christmas gift this is to hear…..I have been praying for you and God has heard my prayer. I’m so happy for all of you!! Have a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you over the holidays!!!

    Love & hugs,

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