S: Nourish Your Soul...Like Debbie Did
BC: All God's Angels Come To Us Disguised. ---James Russell Lowell | Deborah Ann Guns June 12, 1966 - April 20, 2012
FC: Nourish Your Soul...
1: Debbie, everyday was a beautiful, uncomplicated & positive person! She saw the good in everyone!! And like a butterfly, she quietly and beautifully made her presence known...gently & patiently fluttering her wings.
2: In Loving Memory of my Sister; (my birthday gift) Debbie Ann Guns
3: Awesome Mother | Sweet Sister | Loving Wife, Friend, & Partner
4: Her Favorite Comfy Blanket
5: Sweet MIA!! AKA...Blackie Debbie's Morning Walking Partner
6: Its only for a moment you are mine to hold The plans that heaven has for you Will all too soon unfold I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams And that faith gives you the courage To dare to do great things......MOM
13: Thank You Sherri & Dave for going the extra mile in helping Debbie understand her meds and taking the time to help her talk to her Doctors. And for going out to Duke with her initially. | Thank YOU!!! | family is forever
24: Sisters &
28: Electrodes to map her brain and the location of the tumor.
29: Ready for Surgery II
30: The day after surgery. The initials are Dr. Allen Friedman's; her famous surgeon.
31: Three days after surgery, she's taking a walk in the beautiful Duke Gardens.
33: Debbie only got agitated & excited one time throughout her battle. And that was simply to get Kayla and I to get these pictures printed, so she could share them with everyone back home! This book is that task lovingly completed.
34: The day before we flew home, we spent the day at the beach. We had the whole beach to ourselves; we flew a kite, collected shells, and walked the beach.
35: Debbie's words to me right before leaving were: "Can our souls be anymore nourished!"
37: Nourish Your Soul Daily
38: Beautiful, Old & Strong
39: Debbie took this picture of the boys mooning us from on top the silo. She so enjoyed her kids, and they enjoyed her.!!
41: Easter with the family. Debbie & Grandma colored Easter Eggs with Kendra & Kendell.
43: She truly had everyone she met at Duke laughing and smiling. | Look Doc, one of these fell off in my sleep...can I still have surgery??
44: These are the kids that were harassing this Heron. Debbie said to "let them enjoy the beauty of the gardens like they want...we grew up with it, they haven't" | Amazing that she was walking steps three days after surgery!!
45: Sunday Church at the historic and beautiful Duke Chapel
47: God understands our prayers even when we can't find the words to say them. ---Author Unknown
51: It's not living if you don't reach for the sky. I'll have tears as you take off But I'll cheer as you fly. I'm here for you whatever this life brings, So let my love give you Roots And help you find your Wings. ---Mark Harris
52: Spread Joy... Chase Your Wildest Dreams. ---Patch Adams
54: Paint Your Toes! | Nourish Your Soul!
55: It is well with my soul
58: Nourish Your Soul Drive A Hot Car
62: Twins For The Day | Sherri & Debbie spent the whole day together at the initial Duke visit, and it took them looking at this picture to see that they had dressed like twins.
63: Doggy Days in the Guns hood.
64: This is Debbie's favorite picture of her Cliff.
65: Getting some Facetime with Ray while waiting to check in at Duke
67: Getting a look at Duke University, while anxiously waiting for Debbie to come out of surgery.
68: Debbie's worst news while at Duke, was that she could not wash her hair for 2 weeks!! Left pic shows her asking the nurses if she Really, Really couldn't wash her hair????
69: And ...here is Debbie, trying to comb out her hair after surgery. Grossed out that she couldn't wash her hair.
70: Family Is Forever
71: What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ---Eleanor Powell
72: In her life Debbie lived by this motto: Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -Jonathan Kozel
73: You can tell more about a person by what he says about others, than you can by what others say about him. ---Leo Aikman
74: We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ---Luciano de Crescenzo
76: Our goal in life: Simple, but not empty. ---Terri Guillermats | Nourish Your Soul..
77: I wanted a perfect ending, Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, or end. Life is about not knowing... having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. ---Gilda Radner
78: Nourish Your Soul
79: The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ---Author Unknown
80: To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes, we re-tell funny stories. We live outside the touch of time. ---Clara Ortega
81: A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. ---Marion C. Garretty
82: Dogs are miracles with paws. ---Edith Wharton
84: Stay Playful
85: The stormy life can be braved only by the heart's sunny meditations ---Sri Chinmoy
87: The Waiting Area, while Debbie had her 2nd surgery at Duke University Hospital. | WAITING
88: The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you. ---Kendall Hailey Sisters ...and long time partners in crime.
89: The pictures Debbie looked at over & over while away at Duke. | Make Good Choices ---Debbie Guns
90: High School Sweethearts, Best Friends, Business Partners, Lovers, Parents, ...2 people that loved & appreciated each other for themselves. | Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ---Mark Twain
91: Mothers Love the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible ---Marion C. Garretty
92: Best Christmas Holiday Ever...
93: In Time of Test, Family Is Best ---Burmese Proverb
94: Stopped at Grand Ave Mall for lunch, after picking up Beth from the airport. We keep our past by having Sisters. As you get older, they're the only ones who don't get bored if you talk about your memories. ---Deborah Moggach
97: Theda Clark Hospital Our Window of Hope & Healing
98: Being loved by all is little fun, Unless you're also loved by one. ---Robert Brault
103: Discharged. ..at last!!
105: Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place. ---Terri Guillermets
106: Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. ---Alice Morse Earle
107: Is Forever
108: Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing. ---Donna Hedges
112: Dare to live your dreams !
113: Those who do not think outside the box are easily contained. ---Nicholas Manetta
115: Debbie was practicing her piano, while waiting to be admitted to Duke University Hospital. She figured she was having brain surgery, so maybe she might gain some new skills, ...and why not piano???
116: Debbie's tracking devices, so the surgeon could chart brain vs tumor.
119: Duke University Garden...
122: Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ---John Muir
124: Debbie all dressed up for Sunday Church. | Waiting for her breakfast at the little restaurant next to our hotel. She was feeling good, even with her cheeks a bit swelled up, due to the steroids she took to reduce swelling.
126: We attended church at this beautiful Duke Chapel. During the service they sang the song It Is Well With My Soul When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like seas billows roll; Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
127: Checking out Kimmy's Prom Pics
129: Sisters share childhood memories & grown up dreams.
130: In February 2012, Debbie experienced headaches & disorientation. After an MRI, a tumor was discovered. This tumor had the name of Astrocytoma is a type of tumor that develops from star-shaped glial cells that support nerve cells. Her tumor was classified as a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Grade 4. Characteristics of a GBM: Most invasive type of glial tumor Commonly spreads to nearby tissue Grows Rapidly May be composed of several different kinds of cells May have evolved from a low-grade astrocytoma More common in men than woman Account for 17% of all primary brain tumors Treatment Standard treatment is surgery followed by radiation therepy or a combination of radiation and chemotherepy. Many clinical trials using radiation, chemo , or a combination are available for initial and recurrent GBM.
132: Beach Beauty just 4 days after brain surgery.
134: Debbie started using Ray's peace sign when we'd take her pic. Just to let everyone know that she was doing just fine!!
135: Debbie just waking up in Post Op... & Waiting for her meds at Walgreens.
136: Our flight home went very well. She enjoyed getting driven thru the airports!!
137: 2 days after coming home from her surgery at Duke University Hospital, Debbie suffered a stroke and was Med-Flighted back to Theda Clark Hospital. Her very short battle with brain cancer began and ended here.
139: Over 1000 friends, family, co-workers, sports teams, young & old, attended Debbies wake.