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    Amazing, Incredible.


    Words about yesterday. I wish i could describe it better.....but i don't think i can. We got there and started setting up. Once all the golfers headed to the course i headed to the function room and got that organized. When i was done i went to the bar and got a class of wine and sat on the porch thing they have overlooking the grounds and started reading my book. My sister and Dad and Thomas's widow (Thomas Brennan) Jennifer came back to use the bathroom so i hopped on the golf cart with Katie and my Dad. We had such a great time. Just being able to spend time with Jennifer was amazing. She's been through SO much and you can just feel the strength when she's around you.

    After we got back everyone went to the locker rooms to get showered/dressed for the cocktail hr and dinner. It was awesome. They introduced previous scholarship winners and the newest for this yr's.

    I really feel like a part of something great. Because it is great that all these alum, family, friends get together every yr and do this and most of all remember Thomas's memory. He lived a great life.....although sort.


    This is from the program i set out at every place setting.

    " Thomas More Brennan
    (1968 - 2001)


    Six years ago, we established The Thomas M. Brennan Memorial Foundation to commemorate the life of our friend and Boston College classmate Tom "Beezo" Brennan (BC '91), who was killed in the September 11th terroist attack on the World Trade Center. Our mission was to fund a memorial scholarship at BC for students in need of financial assistance, and the primary vehicle for funding the scholarship would be an annual golf outing. We embarked on a journey guided by Tom's faith, integrity and love for his fellow man. Our primary goal continues by keeping Tom's memory alive by helping those in need.

    Tom was 32 years old at the time of his death and had just embarked on his own journey in life. He and his wife Jennifer (BC M.Ed. "9 had recently moved into their first home with their seventeen-month old daughter, Catherine. Jennifer was expecting their son, Thomas Jr., who was born six weeks after Tom's death. Tom is happily remembered for his impish grin, his hearty laugh, and his resolute independence.


    Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of many, the Foundation has achieved considerable success. This year, our first scholarship recipient graduated from BC. Additionally, there is a recipient of the Thomas M. Brennan Scholarship in each class year at BC. We look forward to reaching even greater heights in the years ahead and continuing to make the Foundation as unique as the man who fovever changed our lives."
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    and the hits just keep coming......



    Jim was supposed to see the Dr about his foot today. They called and had to reschedule till Thursday. The issue? His left foot. Right, NOT the one that was infected. The middle toe of his left foot is dead. It's black and shriveling up. Since the Dr's office is right IN the hosp i fully expect him to be admitted that night and have the surgery done hopefully on friday.


    This just gets to add to the stress i already feel about everything else plus my meeting tomorrow and now having to worry if i have to find someone to cover my shift friday night.


    Just let me OFF the f.u.c.k.i.n.g. roller coaster already. I've been dealing with ALL of this crap from this yr the best i could....now i just want it to STOP. My stomache is killing me. I'm not going to be able to eat now for at least a wk. It's just gonna be the same flippin cycle of forcing myself to eat and feeling like i'm going to cause of all the stress.

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    Not a good day today.

    The middle toe on the left foot is dead. It's dry gangreen, means it won't spread to the other toes. Now, this Dr is pushing to do the bypass in the left leg because of the blockage in his groin. It would be 5-6 days in the hospital and 3-4 wks recovery time.

    I'm going ahead and trying to get him either SSI or SSDI. We are trying to hold off till after the holidays to get the surgery done.

    I almost passed out in the Dr's office as he was talking about it. Lucky me, started AF and was having awful cramps plus the Dr talking about another bypass *ugh*. My blood pressure dropped super low and they made me lay on the table with ice on my head and brought me juice. The nurse saw my lips go white.




    oh, job news: Awesome. I got to see 3 classrooms and decide which ones were my top pick to work in. I'm still waiting on them to offer it. Orientation starts Sept 22 (9am-5pm) and lasts the wk.



    so now, if Jim gets the SSI i'll just work there 9am-5pm every day and tell Macy's to screw themselves. I'm still going to wait till at least after the holidays though. That commission money comes in handy.

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    *sigh*


    Well, this surgery is going to have to be done sooner rather then later. This really sucks.

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    updates.


    god, lets see..



    Job: I got it! I start orientation on Monday.


    Jim news: His foot is getting worse and he's getting more pain in his leg. We are going to shoot for the surgery in about a month or two. They did the other eye steriod shot today.


    other news: My sister now has a bump on her thyroid and is having surgery to remove it sometime next wk.

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    seriously f.u.c.k.i.n.g. going to lose it.


    Philip M. Kopiec, 56, of Westborough, died unexpectedly on Monday, September 15, 2008. He was born in Newton, MA on August 18, 1952.

    Phil is survived by his mother, Shirley (Moore) Kopiec; a sister, Sandra Kopiec both of Worcester; and a niece, Wendy Vogel and her son Andrew Fraser of West Boylston. He was pre-deceased by his father Andrew Kopiec in 1969, and by his sister Marcia Vogel in 2007.

    Phil grew up in Worcester and graduated from Doherty Memorial High School and attended Quinsigamond Community College. He worked at Carlstrom Pressed Metal in Westborough and has been working there for many years, he had previously worked at Bay State Abrasives. He served his nation in the United States Navy and was a member of the Northborough American Legion Post 234, where he served as an Honor Guard. He was an avid Red Sox fan and a former Little League All Star. Phil also enjoyed golfing, gardening, and landscaping. He was a member of The First Congregational Church of Worcester. Phil will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

    Calling hours will be held Saturday, September 20, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester, with a service at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Private burial will be in Hope Cemetery, at a later date.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Massachusetts Veterans Shelter, 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605

    This was one of Jim's best friends. We knew something was wrong. I went by the house on Monday to pick up Jim from work around 10pm and there was a police car parked in front of the house. We'd been trying to call his cell and it was turned off. I just saw the police log for the town in the community paper and it said "unattended death" on that night with his street name.

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    Massive heart attack caused by pulmonary edmema(sp?).

    So, basically what would have happened to Jim had he not gotten up to the ER in time.

    We just talked with his mother. She saw him on Sunday and he was saying he didn't feel good. He had just had a clasped(sp?) lung about a wk ago. He had been planning on going to the ER and getting checked.....he never made it.

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    After All These Years ~ Artist = Journey.


    A faded wedding photograph
    You and me in our first steps
    The lives of those
    We lost in the sweet abyss
    Though the faithful world has changed
    But our love remains the same
    God knows we've had our share of saving grace

    And I'm proud of all the blessings
    You have given me
    The mountains we have climbed to get this far

    You learn to take the laughter with the tears
    After all these years

    You make it feel brand new
    After the trials that we've gone through
    Against the odds we never lost our faith
    In our hearts we've made our home
    Where our children all have grown
    Precious moments time can not erase

    We've been livin' up and down the dixie highway
    Seasons that we've learned to share apart
    Somehow in my heart I always keep you near me
    After all these years

    After all these years
    You stood by me
    The days and nights that I was gone
    After all these years
    You sacrificed, believed in me
    And you stood strong
    Cause with our love there's nothing left to fear
    After all these years

    After all these years
    You stood by me
    The days and nights that I was gone
    After all these years
    You sacrificed, believed in me
    And you stood strong
    Cause with our love there's nothing left to fear
    After all these years

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    Here.

    Work is going good. I had to get 2 needles (TB test, hep B shot). *ouch*. I saw my first seizure the other day. We did CPR and First Aid today.

    Jim is talking about scheduling the surgery around the end of Oct.

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