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Emerald1943 On December - 29 - 2009

I wanted to tell all of you here of the miracle, a miracle that I believe you all helped to bring about.

Most of you are aware of my sister’s most critical illness, having been found unconscious on the floor at her home, three days before Christmas. She was admitted to ICU in kidney failure and the doctors gave us no hope. She was unresponsive and comatose. The doctors told us to call in the family and to begin to make final arrangements which we did, all of us with heavy hearts.

During those days last week, I wrote about my grief at the prospect of losing my beloved sister, and the response I received from all of you here was nothing short of incredible! The prayers, well-wishes and genuine sympathy poured in from all over the globe as my friends here expressed their concern. I wrote that the support was palpable to me and that I knew that it was helping her to hang on.

Today, she has come out of her coma! She is lucid, drinking liquids, and incredulous at what has happened. She has no memory of her collapse. I just talked with her by phone, a most wonderful conversation! She is going to make it! I am overjoyed!!

I told her of my friends here at the Planet and all the people who were genuinely concerned for her! She began to cry and asked me to thank each and every one of you. She and I both believe that it was your prayers and support that helped to bring her through this nightmare! When she is better, I will bring her to the Planet and let her tell you herself. But for now, please accept my most sincere gratitude for all your wonderful words of comfort and wishes for my sister’s recovery! She is a most amazing woman and I know you will all love her when you “meet” her!

Again, my most heart-felt thanks to every one of you who were kind enough to care about a couple of strangers! You PlanetPeople are simply the best! 🙂

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Written by Emerald1943

Born and bred a Southern lady. Degree in nursing and 20 years of classical piano. Two grown children and two gorgeous grandkids. Also two Shih Tzu doggies, the light of my life! Buddhist. A life-long card-carrying, flaming, hard-core, opinionated, liberal/progressive Democrat...and proud of it! Favorite quotation: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." Sinclair Lewis

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  1. Emerald1943 says:


    Sherri has just been moved out of ICU! She will still remain in the hospital but is improving by the hour!

    I spoke with her again last night for about 30 minutes. She was quite lucid and spoke of the epiphany she has experienced in coming so close to death. I sense something new in her, and it’s a beautiful thing to see.

    I hope to be able to go to her this next week, and will be sure to keep you all posted on the wonderful developments! Again, my most heart-felt thanks to everyone here at the Planet! You people are terrific and I send my love to each of you!

    • Pashma says:

      This is wonderful news Emerald. I am VERY happy for you all.

      Life altering experiences change you forever. I wish for your Sisters continued recovery and good health. Take good care of each other. Have a great New Year!

    • boomer1949 says:


      What a way to begin the New Year. Please give your sister a big collective hug from all of us when you finally get to see her.


    • Scheherazade says:

      That is wonderful news, Emerald! 😀 I’m so glad to hear it. I’m sorry I just now finished reading your article a moment ago, and now I see you’ve offered an update. Forgive me for being slow to respond.

      I’ve kept you and your sister in my thoughts despite not having posted very much over the past few days. 🙂 I’m overwhelmingly happy to learn that she is doing better.


  2. abby4ever says:

    Oh, Emerald! I’ve just read your article about your sister coming out of her coma. I am so happy about this, and the way you tell it has got me all choked up.

    I can’t find any words right now, except for these: you were so brave when you thought there might be no hope, braver than I could ever have been. I was amazed.

    God bless you and your sister and all your family.


  3. whatsthatsound says:

    Thank you for this, Emerald. It gives us all a lift. Good news is for sharing!

    Very happy for you, your sister and all her loved ones.

  4. Bernard Marx says:

    Glad to hear your good news! I wish her well on her recovery.

    As an aside, I love van Gogh.

  5. choicelady says:

    Emerald -- this is beyond wonderful! Even as a person working for a grand faith organization, I have no real belief in prayer BUT I have seen the power of people coming together and directing energies toward someone’s well being that results in something very fine! No matter the cause, your sister’s recovery is absolutely, manifestly a beautiful thing. We are SO happy for you and her and your family! IF we helped, we are happy. But our energies and care are also for YOU, a member of our beloved community. May this new year be the best yet and the celebration of the power of life and love totally joyous for you. And for everyone on the Planet!

    And thank YOU, dear kesmarn, for your lovely words to me! This is a grand place to live! When I fight with gritted teeth agains the forces of darkness (nothing supernatural -- just rotten-to-the-core people) I come here and laugh and learn and am moved by the deep and compassionate humanity of you all. And your amazing, eye-popping senses of humor! It’s a joy being part of this Planet. Thank you.

    Emerald -- HAPPY NEW YEAR! A big, virtual hug to your sister, too!

  6. KevenSeven says:

    Wow. I cannot say how happy I am for you. However, while I has thinking good thoughts, I would not care to claim any credit.

    I hope you and your Sis get together soon and have some quality time together.

    I just learned today that a high school kid two doors north of me died in some sort of car wreck two days before Xmas.

    My wife’s hair dresser is the mother of one of this kid’s good friends. That is how it came back to us.

    We are none of us promised much of anything. Except back pain, if we live that long, I suppose.

  7. AlphaBitch says:

    Emerald- thank you for bringing us into this, and for sharing the great results with us. Yes, Virginia, there ARE miracles. Sometimes we are given second (and third, or fourth) chances. Glad your beloved sister is one of those….

    Wishing you both a VERY happy New Year -- AB

  8. Emerald1943 says:

    Everyone, please check “older comments” to see my blanket thanks to you all. I am so grateful for all the wonderful comments and good wishes! This has been a “red letter day” for me!

  9. Hopeington says:

    I hadn’t heard Emerald, but am totally thrilled for your family.
    What a miracle!! They do happen…wish her a speedy recovery from me too!!

  10. TheRarestPatriot says:

    Wow, …what a great and wonderful thing! These are those moments of serendipity that are just universal gifts. Give her a huge hug and celebrate her, and your, life. God it feels so sweet when one of the good ones pulls through…;-)

  11. VegasBabe says:

    Excellent news and my warm wishes and prayers go out to both you and her. Looking forward to seeing her here amongst us too.

  12. FrankenPC says:

    That’s awesome! I so happy for you!

  13. AdLib says:

    So happy to hear the good news! Please wish her all the best on her recovery too! Looking forward to “meeting” her here!

  14. boomer1949 says:

    What heartwarming news! I am so happy for your sister, you, and the rest of your family. It is a wonderful way to begin the New Year.

  15. escribacat says:

    I got chills reading your post, Emerald. I am so glad to hear this wonderful news! A huge hug for both you and your sister!!

  16. kesmarn says:

    Just got home, Em, to see this happy news. I’m so relieved and grateful. Thanks for sharing--everything, the good and the bad--with us here. I’ve learned never to underestimate the power of prayer…even in the “science biz” of medical care!

  17. 4cats4 says:

    I’m so very happy for you and your sister. May the new decade be a blessed one for you and your family.

  18. BigDogMom says:

    Emerald, this is wonderful news and may God continue to bless your sister with a speedy and complete recovery.

    Ask, with a sincere and open heart, and it will be answered…..

  19. Emerald1943 says:

    I usually try to answer each of you individually, but there are so many beautiful replies to my post, so I’ll just thank you all again.
    You may not realize it, but you here at the Planet have been my rock for the past week. You’ve consoled me and helped me over the tough times with your caring and a little humor too.

    I mean this with all sincerity…there IS power in collective thought! Call it prayer, good vibes, positive energy, or whatever…but you all had a part in this. I know it in my heart of hearts! And I will always be grateful to each of you! You truly are my friends!

    Love to each of you!

  20. KQuark says:

    I’m ecstatic to hear that your sister came out of the coma. What a fighter! I’m sure the people closest to her supplied her with a wonderful support system and we were able in a small way to support you.

  21. PepeLepew says:

    That’s great news.

  22. nellie says:

    What wonderful news!

    I’m very happy for both of you. This good news brings the year to a very hopeful close.

  23. bitohistory says:

    Emerald, This is fantastic news and I am confident that it will be the first of many during her recovery! {{{tears& hugs}}}

  24. SueInCa says:

    Oh Em, I am in tears, thanks for letting us know about the wonderful news. How incredible that our thoughts and prayers were able to help in some way. I cannot wait to meet her and welcome her to the Planet family. I know you and your family will have a wonderful New Year.

  25. rubygreen says:

    Emerald I had no idea.

    You’ve brought me to tears -- but happy ones. I wish your sister a very speedy recovery and hope the New Year brings you and your loved ones good health and happiness.

    I will be thinking of you and wish you all the best.

  26. javaz says:

    Oh, Emerald, this is the absolute best news, and through my tears of joy, I thank you so much for sharing this experience.
    I am so relieved for you and your sister.
    It is a miracle.
    Oh, thank you so much for the update and may the grace of God continue to bless your sister and you.

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