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    • #38339
      Colleen Steele

        Hello my friends and welcome new members! For those who don’t know me, my name is Colleen and I am the co-forum moderator with @jenc.

        Following a long hospitalization I  am heartbroken to tell you that my husband passed away on April 21st. As Jen mentioned in an update, my son had PH and received a heart and double-lung transplant almost 9 years ago. It was my husband’s wish to pay it forward and be an organ donor. What we know so far is that his kidneys were successfully transplanted in 2 people.

        I can’t thank Jen enough for holding down the forum fort on her own for over a month, keeping you updated on my family, and checking-in with me regularly. You are a beautiful soul, Jen!

        I am so grateful for the loving and supportive messages left for me while I was away. I think of us as a big PHamily instead of a group of PHriends.

        My weekly win is returning to the forums. It feels good to be back! I have missed everyone!

      • #38350
        Carol Volckmann

          Sweet Colleen, it is so good to hear from you. You, Aiden and Cullen have been in our hearts and prayers and will continue. We also pray that Brian’s kidneys will give the recipients long and happy lives with Brian’s healthy kidneys.

          We wish for you the moments that brought you the most joy, laughter and love with Brian will grow and will begin to push aside some of the void and empty feelings.

          Warm hugs for all of you filled with love and caring.

        • #38359
          Jen Cueva

            Oh, my sweet @colleensteele, I’m in tears again; you’re kind. I appreciate your heartfelt love, but I’m doing what any friend would do.

            It’s incredible to see your name pop up and your replies.

            Knowing about Brian’s kidneys’ two recipients will hopefully offer you and the boys a sense of peace. You and your family hold a special place in my heart.

            As I watched the services for Brian, I thought about what a perfect couple you made. Everyone who knew Brian offered such love and shared how brilliant he was. But, also just a kind soul. I also describe you as full of love, empathy, and support. You also are smart.

            If you haven’t shared how you two met, maybe you will share that in a future column. I’m keeping y’all in my thoughts and prayers, Colleen.

            Your return, even if it’s a little here and there, is our weekly win, too! You are loved and admired by so many here.

          • #38360
            Sally Hoffman

              It’s good to hear from you, Colleen.  May you continue to be surrounded by the love of us all.

            • #38366
              Terese Tuohey

                Oh, Colleen!  I was so happy to see your return to the Forum, even if not for full time.  I’m sending along a big HUG!  I know what it has been like for you – my first husband passed with a bad heart.  I remember needing to work as soon as I was able to clear out the cobwebs in my brain and come out from under the initial paperwork. Working was my salvation.  Please know:  We’re all here for you, and we’ll help with our support however you need it.

              • #38373

                  @CulleenSteele, I am so sorry I was late in noticing that your husband passed, my prayers and thoughts have been with you and your family ever since! I hope you find some peace but allow yourself to continue to heal, as we all know it is an ongoing process.

                  Sending you much love and light my PHriend!

                • #38375
                  DeLois Tweedy

                    Dear Colleen, it was a delightful surprise to end this week by seeing your message posted. Please know that you and the boys have been in my prayers. I think of you often and cannot know or imagine what’s it like to go through this. Please allow yourself the time you need. I pray you will move forward with sweet memories, healing, and peace. We’re here for you and your PHamily.

                  • #38382
                    Jen Cueva

                      We are excited to see our forum moderator, @colleensteele, pop in. Despite the things on her to-do lists and taking care of herself mentally, physically, and emotionally, she wants to be here. That’s our lovely Colleen.

                      We are here with open arms, my dear friend. However, at such a difficult time, we only want you to take the time to grasp all of this. It must have seemed like everything came crashing down on you simultaneously.

                      My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and the boys. I love you bunches. <3

                    • #38389
                      V.R. Peterson

                        Oh @colleensteele, I’m glad to see you back! Please take it slow and easy, and listen to your emotions each passing day, to decide when you can and shouldn’t tax yourself.

                        I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with grief and healing. May you find little rays of sunshine to help you keep going with each passing day, week, month, and year.

                      • #38415
                        Colleen Steele

                          Thank you all for your lovely messages! Your emotional support means more to me than I can ever put into words!

                        • #38438
                          Gayle Ward

                            Welcome back Colleen, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You are a strong woman and will get through this.
                            Lots of hugs and love


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