Posted By Mike&Leslie

You are the one thousand of Leslie's closest friends.  I just wanted you to know what happened.

When Leslie went into the hospital on Saturday, I had no doubt that we would have her treated for a few days and then go home.  After the fluids and steroids kicked in Saturday evening, she had perked up.  We had a nice conversation - it was our last one.  She seemed to get a little worse each day, but I was still optimistic and tried to let that optimism show through on the blog.    By Wednesday, she was answering only yes and no questions and didn't look so good.

Yesterday morning at 5:00, Leslie had a seizure.  They did a CT which showed more tumor growth and swelling.  Dr Calvin (the local neurosurgeon) called Dr Ott (the San Diego neurosurgeon), Dr Ott called me.  Dr Ott said that the tumors were growing too fast and they were not able to control the pressure in Leslie's brain.  Best case scenerio was to transfer her to San Diego where they would do surgery on those tumors and possibly extend her life for a week or 2 with no improvent in the quality of her life - and probably a big decrease in her quality of life.  That really wasn't an option.  We chose to keep her comfortable and allow her to go home to God.  The doctors expected that would take a couple of days, but Leslie had an appointment with God and wasn't to be delayed.  She slipped away calmly, peacefully, painlessly, and surrounded by her family.  She will be grievously missed here on Earth and joyously celebrated in Heaven.

I want you to know that Leslie took this Blog very seriously.  She would spend an hour or two every afternoon writing the Blog for the next day.  She considered it her ministry and she loved every minute of it.  Your comments always meant so much to her, she loved that you committed to read the Bible in a year - many of you whom never had read any of the Bible before.  She loved when you sent cards of encouragement to others, and she appreciated all the cards you sent her.  She loved that you sent her your prayer requests and that you prayed for the requests she posted.  And she prayed for you like crazy.  Leslie kept a small notebook full of categorized prayer requests that she went through every day.

After a quarter of a million hits in 3 1/2 years, the silence of this Blog will be deafening. - Mike


27 Comment(s):
Lori Cones said...
Leslie not only blessed those who loved her, whom she worked with, went to church with, and was battling cancer with, she also blessed her enemies: I remember seeing Leslie draw closer to God in the midst of her cancer via her blog entries. In her weakness, she gave out strength and encouragement. That encouragement came in several ways to me but most noteworthy was a birthday greeting sent in a card with love. She also sent my way (via this blog) prayers to let me know she was praying for those who battled cancer....and she included my name. I was not kind to her. I ridiculed, I snubbed, I was sardonic and sarcastic. But despite this, she offered up a love that blew me away. Inside my heart there was a growing "tower of granite"...(I didn't necessarily draw closer to God w/my cancer, I was rather mad at God for it and oftentimes let Him know) Her act of love started a "chipping away" ebbing and a melting of a some sort... I saved the Birthday card, it will always be a reminder of the love, strength and encouragement she gave (even in the midst of her weakness) to those who didn't necessarily deserve it.
August 20, 2011 11:35:15
Fadia said...
Dearest Mike, Jenna, Jeff, Ryan and Sweet Tyler, my sincere condolences to you at this time. Leslie leaves her legacy with us in more ways than we could express thru this blog, more than I could personally convey. Regularly Leslie's updates were part of my morning routine and she was lifted up in prayers each new post. I had the honor of meeting Leslie @ Monica's wedding(another bible study girlfriend of many praying for Leslie)and it was pure delight to watch Leslie's joyful smile as she witnessed her sister's prayers answered that memorable day. Leslie has fought and won the fight. She is truly in peace and laughing on Glory's side as she flew to Jesus(per Chris Rice:Come to Jesus). "He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20. Continue looking toward our Savior for your strength because nothing is too big for Him. Much Love, tenderly, Fadia, Adel, Olivia and Timothy Doss
August 19, 2011 11:23:14
Kristi Pacheco said...
Mike and family, I am truly thankful for Leslie's ministry through this blog as well as her ministry through her life and will greatly miss reading this and her...she was such an inspiration even in times when she was the one in need...what a wonderful and amazing friend and woman of God...she will always be in our are all in my thoughts and prayers...and I pray that our God will comfort all of you in this time of need and wrap his loving arms around you...thank you so much for sharing her with all of us...God Bless..hugs Kristi and family
August 19, 2011 11:10:16
Teresa said...
Dear Leslie family, Sorry to hear about her. My prayers go out to family and friends. Old McCabe schoolmate Teresa Ritter
August 19, 2011 09:09:19
Victor and Caroline said...
Dear Mike, Jeff, Jenna, Ryan, and Tyler, thank you all so much for sharing Leslie's beautiful ways with us! We are very sad that she has left us, but we are happy that she is no longer suffering and is now in the arms of God. I will always remember the vision she created for me when she told how she sat on God's lap while he comforted her during the pain she felt. She was truly an angel amongst us here and now an angel amongst angels in Heaven. We are all so thankful she was a part of our lives. I will miss her blog because I read it everyday for her inspirational messages. I will truly miss my friend and her cheerful personality! I always felt love and joy around her! She was a wonderful wife, loving mom, a joyful nani, and a true friend! You are a very amazing and loving family! Please let us know if we can help in any way. Lots of hugs and love being sent from the Jaime Family.
August 19, 2011 08:31:02
John Cones said...
Mike, Just wanted you to know I could not have asked for a finer man to be my sisters' husband. I know you loved Leslie and she was truly cherished by you -- my sister married a good man! I pray God will comfort you and your family. your brother-in-law, John
August 19, 2011 08:23:33
Gloria said...
I'm another person that knew Leslie through the scrapbook message boards. She was a beautiful person inside and out. The night before last it was raining and my 4 year old nephew asked me why Jesus was crying. I know now they were tears of joy because Leslie was coming home. I will pray for your family. Leslie will be greatly missed.
August 19, 2011 05:17:57
Dana said...
God bless you Mike. Your strength has been an inspiration to us all. Rest, enjoy the wonderful memories of your life with Leslie and cry a little too. It's ok, you deserve it. All of us love you for what you have done for Leslie. We are here for anything you may need. Sending hugs. Dana
August 19, 2011 03:29:37
Melissa de Freitas said...
Dear Mike, I never knew Leslie; I only knew OF her through the scrapbooking community. Light and love came through loud and clear from both of you and I am certain you two brought many, many people closer to God. Your family inspires me to be the best child of God I can be. Every single day. Prayers for peace, Melissa
August 19, 2011 03:08:47
Mac & Patty said...
Mike -Thank you for providing all of us this information. I will miss Leslie soo much, as I know you will too.We know Leslie is well taken care of but will continue our prayers for you and all of your family. Love, Patty
August 19, 2011 12:11:45
Amy Balzer said...
Leslie's memory will continue to resonate throughout the many aspects of our lives. She has achieved the best gift ever.... eternal life. The best thing is knowing we will see her again one day.
August 19, 2011 10:28:47
Debi S said...
Every morning I would do my devotions and check this blog for what Leslie had to say, and who she wanted prayed for,it was a part of my daily routine. I will miss it terribly, and I will miss her more. I will not say goodbye my sweet friend, for someday we will all meet again. Mike and family, I will not forget to pray for you as I have prayed for Leslie for years. May God bless and keep you all,and may His tender mercy surround you during these next few weeks, and for years to come.
August 19, 2011 09:38:11
Pastor Steve Fisher said...
Mike and family, May the good Lord bless and keep you in His care always. May He hold you in the hollow of His hand. Thank you for the gracious way Leslie, you and your family have carried yourselves-thinking of others even in the midst of your own challenges. It has been a great joy to walk with you a bit over these years. Even though we have not met, you have blessed me. Be blessed.
August 19, 2011 09:34:41
Kimberly said...
Leslie would be so proud. How beautifuly written Mike! Her blog was a part of my morning routine. I enjoyed all the family updates & well as staying in tune with her progress. Leslie taught me to be a stronger person, to look at the world in a more positive manner, to have faith & hope. I will miss her positive outlook on life...even in her toughest times, she was there for all of us. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family. Thank you for sharing her and allowing her to be a part of my life. I have been bleesed to have known her. Prayers for healing & comfort to all of you. HUGS! Kimberly Phillips & family
August 19, 2011 09:17:34
Evelyn said...
Mike, you absolutely did the right things and there was nothing you could have done that could have changed the outcome because of those runaway tumors in her brain. But our prayers were answered, because we prayed not only that she would be healed if that was God's will, but that she would not suffer. I feared that the Yervoy treatments would cause further suffering with no good results. Now we don't have to worry about that. And she WILL be welcomed in heaven. Psalm 116:15 says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints." *** I am one who was uplifted by this blog and I feel that I am a better person because of it. God was continually praised. I was so touched when I read that as she lay there being treated, she spent time praying for others. I know God was smiling down in love when she did that. I hope that those who were reading the Bible through in a year will continue and not stop. It will be well worth their time. The Bible is an amazing book. Leslie knew that, because she said she had read it through before. That was a wonderful work that she started. Maybe, Mike you could just blog the rest of the schedule of readings so everyone who was reading with her can continue and then her work will continue. I have my own schedule but for those who don't. In the meantime, everybody, just keep reading where you left off - about 3-4 chapters a day will do it. Love you bunches. Still readin' and a prayin' in AL. Love, Ev
August 19, 2011 08:24:13
Luis and Ellen said...
Mike, Jenna, Jeff, Ryan, and Tyler, we have been saddened by the news of Leslie's passing. A beautiful and amazing woman will be missed yet comfort in knowing she is now in arms of Jesus with no more pain. She is a true inspiration of FAITH, HOPE, LOVE and FAMILY. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need anything. Love, The Verdugo Family. Mike, my family (the Medina's) also are keeping you and your family in their thoughts and prayers. p.s. My mom will always remember Leslie as a beautiful barbie doll.
August 19, 2011 08:06:47
randi ryan said...
for the past 31/2 years, checking the blog was part of my morning routine.. I will miss it... I will miss her. Even in her darkest days, les was worried about others. She was beautiful - inside & out. Mike & family, my thoughts & prayers are with you. Thank you, again, for sharing such an amazing woman with all of us. How blessed I am for having had such a wonderful friend.
August 19, 2011 08:06:25
Christie said...
Mike, I will miss seeing Leslie's positive and uplifting blog updates. Even though I never got to meet her in person, I feel like I know her and your family through this blog and our interaction on the scrapbook message boards. I am so very grateful for the technology that allowed me to become her friend. I will miss her very much. Prayers and (((hugs)))
August 19, 2011 08:04:52
Evelyn S said...
Mike, thank you for taking time to update us at a time when you and your family must have such heavy hearts. As Becky noted--no need to turn on the computer first thing every morning and checking it the last thing at night. But a good idea to use that to do some of the things Leslie had encouraged us to do--pray for others in much need, stay focused in our reading of the Bible, make a mental list of those who need some encouragement and send a card or give a call, post a picture to bring some cheer (those pics of Tyler always brought a smile) or ..... The list could go on. So maybe the silence of the blog can be replaced by at least the murmurs of our prayers and the strength we can lend to others as we follow in Leslie's footsteps. It won't fill the BIG hole left in the hearts of you, her family and those of us who were blessed to know her, but it's a start... The effects of her life--her ministry--as you aptly described it, will always be felt.
August 19, 2011 08:01:41
Amy Brinnon said...
I started my morning each day with reading her blog. It became part of my daily routine. I knew how you two were doing, Tyler, prayer requests, family plans, etc. I really felt like I was a part of a large extended family. Her blog was a ministry to many. I love that she kindly reminded us to send out cards to encourage others. (I always needed that nice little reminder.) I loved looking at the pictures of your family's adventures and of Tyler's fun days! Oh how dear Leslie will be missed by everyone on Earth. We do have comfort in knowing that she is not suffering and is rejoicing in heaven with those that were waiting for her. She is doing her happy dance on Heaven's streets of gold. With her gone, it feels part of me is gone too.
August 19, 2011 07:56:30
Matt and Tammy said...
Mike, thank you so much for sharing with us through the blog each day, it has being an example to each of us of what a daily walk with the Lord should be. We will miss Leslie greatly but know we will be reunited one day. Love, Matt, Tammy, Allen and Aimee
August 19, 2011 07:54:22
Becky G. said...
Thank you for the details. Those of us who checked Leslie's blog first thing every morning will now need to spend those few minutes in prayer for each other. Her blog was the kick in the butt I needed to get started each morning. She was my "morning coffee" and I will miss her.
August 19, 2011 07:45:17
Monica Soucier said...
Mike and family, My heart goes out to you all. I am in awe of the passion and love exemplified by all of you as you surrounded Leslie. I am in awe at how you each encouraged and held each other strong. You all have and I am certain will continue to be a blessing. Leslie departure to a realm where her work is only just begun is difficult for those of us left behind but know that she prepares a place, that place Jesus has set aside for you and yours - Leslie prepares that place for the day when you all will be together once again. Thank you for sharing Leslie's Love on these black and white pages in cyberspace. Mike I hope you decide to write her memoir - to continue her ministry. God Bless
August 19, 2011 07:24:13
Gary Workman said...
Mike, thanks so much for doing the difficult job of informing us even though your heart must be aching terribly at this time. I am not grieving for Leslie because I feel sure she humbly committed her soul into the care of the heavenly Father and Jesus, his son. But I am very, very sad for YOU because she was one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable. I am also very sad for myself because I wanted to see such an extraordinary soul in person -- which I was planning to do on my next trip to California. But "time waits for no man," and it was not to be. Don't worry about Leslie's exaggerations about your virtues and looks, etc. We all knew that she had the advantage over you in all those departments. :) We are confident, though, you are a far better person than you otherwise would have been for having been her mate through all these years - which now must seem very few. She left you a wonderful legacy. We hope you will treasure it always. Love, Gary & Nadya (3rd cousins once removed)
August 19, 2011 07:19:37
Lorri said...
Mike: My heart aches because I know that the silence of this blog, as you said, will be deafening. However, my heart also sings because I know Leslie is in a much better place; a place where we can only imagine. God Bless and be with you and your whole family. Fondly, Lorri Cavins and Family
August 19, 2011 07:04:18
Mark and Tina said...
Mike, Leslie's blog became our daily devotional. It was the first thing we checked everyday, always finding some encouraging word to carry us through the day. So greatful that every one of them are archived to remind us of the love she shared with us.
August 19, 2011 06:57:43
Kathy said...
Dear Mike and family, I never met Leslie, but followed her blog regularly. Many times I celebrated and held my breath for good updates on this blog. I was so saddened to hear of Leslie's passing last night when I checked on here. I pray for your family as they now grieve her passing and celebrate her life. Leslie was a wonderful loving woman who left an impact on a person who never met her. I can only image the impact she made on those whom she knew. I am sorry for your loss, but know she is in the place where all angels go, heaven. Prayers for strength and healing for you all. Kathy
August 19, 2011 06:56:57
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