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The Slippery Slope

on September 16th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Galen has been going downhill so fast I’m not sure what to post. About a week ago he began to have trouble lifting his right arm. For the last couple of days, he has had trouble speaking. Too weak to get the words out. He is still nauseated, in spite of getting a new nausea drug added to the cocktail he already takes.

He said tonight that he is just waiting for his sister to get here and then he wants to go. It would be a blessing if he could leave his body and be relieved of all the suffering.

Galen still appreciates visitors, so don’t be afraid to stop in and say hi.

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25 Responses to “The Slippery Slope”

  1. Vaughn
    September 16th, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Becky- wish I could wrap my arms around you both. This is unbelievable, esp to such a beautiful gracious man. Sad I’m too enmeshed with work right now to get away.
    When does his sister arrive?

    Love you both

  2. Shan Kerber
    September 16th, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Oh dear. Hope Galen can find peace soon.

  3. Mary Ann
    September 16th, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    My heart is breaking for you both. Sending Love & strength to help you through this ordeal. Anything I can do, just ask.

  4. Joan yoder
    September 16th, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Hugs, may strength and peace envelop you during these next hours and days.

  5. Bob & Nellie
    September 16th, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    So sorry to hear this. God bless you Galen

  6. Shauna Meek
    September 16th, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Sorry to hear Galen is suffering so.
    I hope he gets in a good visit with his sister, & is able to quickly move on so his pain will end.
    So many hugs & much love to you both

  7. Lina
    September 16th, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I wish I could stop in and say hi. It is terrible being so far away at times like this.

  8. Mary Jane Kennel
    September 16th, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. We are so sorry.

  9. Alayne
    September 16th, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Love you both

  10. irene lautner
    September 16th, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Oh Rebecca,I am feeling so sad for both of you. They say that GOD takes the “BEST First” and I can’t help but believe that. I will always remember Galen as a very gracious man with the kindest smile. Rebecca I am wishing you strength at this difficult time. For Galen I am praying for PEACE and no more pain. Love to you both,

  11. John and Pat
    September 16th, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Dear Rebecca and Galen, we are so grateful for your taking time to record your journey together, we learn so much about life from our friends. Your open-ness, sharing about how to keep going in spite of wanting to stop, as well as how friends can respond best to each other in times of need. We will be popping in in the next couple of days. Night night xxxx ( I hope you don’t end up with two posts- the first one vanished into cyberspace!)

  12. Lisa Macdonell
    September 17th, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Eric and I are So very sorry you both have to go through this. Our thoughts are with you.

  13. Eunice Field
    September 17th, 2017 at 6:01 am

    So sorry . I can only pray for your peace, strength and comfort at this time. For freedom from pain for Galen .

  14. Patricia shabbits
    September 17th, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Dear Rebecca give Galen a hug from me. My thoughts are with you both as you journey to the last act of life. I arrive home Monday night, will come over on Tuesday morning

  15. Carrie McDonald
    September 17th, 2017 at 7:22 am

    We hope you continue to gather strength from those who love you.

  16. Barb Mullet
    September 17th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Thanks Becky for letting us know. I am so sad right now with this last news. Hold on to the time that you have right now and if you want for anything let me know. Love you both

  17. Rigmor Clarke
    September 17th, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Dear Rebecca and Galen
    My heart breaks to hear of your suffering one so wish one could help to ease the pain
    I like to thank you Galen for the good times and I wish you an easy and smooth journey

  18. Jeanne & Bill Blackmon
    September 17th, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Praving for strength and peace for you in this most difficult time -

  19. Gladys & Ed Simonar
    September 17th, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    So sorry to here about Galen. I think of you people often and the way you enjoyed dancing. Also when you first moved here and were building
    Richards garage he brought you to our service sration

  20. GLadys&Ed Simonar
    September 17th, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    So sorry to here that Galen is in such pain. Our prayers are going out to God to give him relief. I always think of you people and how you loved to dance. Also when you were building Richards garage he brought you to our service station for meals. Memories you will always have hang on to them. It pulls you through so many difficult time. love you both God Bless

  21. Byron and Judy Gardner
    September 17th, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Becky and Galen, what heartbreak you must be going through. You have been in our thought and prayers and continue to be. Love to both of you.
    Byron & Judy

  22. Jim Lee
    September 18th, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Letting go…my thoughts & wishes to both of you Rebecca & Galen. As difficult as it will be, Galen is ready to start his next journey & in time you will be reunited. Till then, you will have the memories of the happy times you have shared. For all his (& your friends) including me, we have been blessed to have known the two of you.

  23. Stacy Mason
    September 18th, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I just found out about this and don’t know what to say. I’m angry that cancer even exists!!!! It is such a horrible disease. Reading these blogs really hurts! It is so upsetting knowing how much pain and agony he is in.

    Galen was also one of my favorite cousins, such a kind gentle soul. He used to send me air mail from Botswana and I remember thinking that he was such a hero for helping these people. Galen is quite a bit older than me so I think I was 8 or so when he was in Botswana.

    Please tell him that I’m thinking about him and will send my healing energies as his soul leaves his body. I, too, feel blessed to have known him.



  24. Daryl Hiebert
    September 18th, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Galen and Becky,
    Thinking of you so often since hearing the news about Galen’s condition. I have so many great memories as a child that you both are prominent in – xc skiing on your trails, potlucks afterwards, your home-made sauna, the trip up to Missinippi. I’m so grateful to have had the chance to visit last year at the lake. Galen took me around his workshop and taught me about blacksmithing. When I think of Galen I think of his artistry, his patience and kindness.
    Sending much love and good thoughts to you both.
    Your friend,

  25. Bev and Bill O'Shea
    September 18th, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    We are thinking of you at this difficult time and hope that your miracle comes soon.
    Hugs to Galen and strength and health to you as you try to stay strong for your wonderful man.
    our prayers are with you, Rebecca.

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