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William769

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

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