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Vicki was an inspiration, and any memorial site dedicated to her would seem inadequate.
All who knew her did not have to understand her daily challenges to appreciate her significant achievements. Her abilities and character helped her soar far above any problems of mobility and health.
RIP sweet kind Vicki.
No one really leaves us; never forgotten…always loved… Vicki Bridges; even tho I only knew you via facebook, I lost a special friend…will miss your comments on my wall! FB friends since May 2009 (5 years).
Thank you, Garry, you have my sympathy, my thoughts and prayers.
What a remarkable person Vicki was. I’m glad you two found each other.
Vicki Bridges. So funny, smart, and creative. A joyful soul with a smile that melted hearts. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. Dear, dear friend. My love for you is eternal. I wish you a magnificent journey onward.
A wonderful person, … a friend since the 70’s. VB, you will be missed and always remembered fondly…rest in peace. My heart-felt condolences to the family.
I am saddened and humbled by the loss of my Aunt Vicki. My thoughts and prayers are with Garry, David, James and their families…and my Dad too.
Don’t take anyone for granted. Appreciate them, take the time to BE with them no matter how busy you think you are. I love you, Vicki Bridges.
I have such fond memories of Vicki. We worked together at Compass and you could always trust what she had to say. It was direct and honest. I remember when she was diagnosed with MS. It was a relief, in some respects, that she had a diagnosis but nobody knew much about it, then. We do, now, in large part due to her efforts. She fought a brave, courageous and gracious battle with that damned disease. Rest in peace, Vicki, you deserve it.
Vicki was a good friend. May she rest in peace. My condolences to the family.
R.I.P Vicki GOD bless and my condolences from the UK
I sent this e-mail to Garry and he asked me to post it here.
thank you so much for contacting me and letting me know about Vicki. What an extraordinary lady and what a great contribution she made to the MS world and to me. From time to time I would call Vicki and had not called for far too long. A lesson learned.
The Internet is a funny world, at least it is in the MS bloggers world. I have met and gotten to know several other bloggers and do feel that these are real relationships with people that I genuinely care about. But I must say that out of all of my “blogging friends”, she was truly the one that I cared about most.
My father told me a story several years ago. He had gone to a funeral and after the service approached the woman whose father had died. He said “I am sorry for your loss”. Her response was “I haven’t lost anything. Everything that I ever got from him I still have. I just stopped gaining.”. I do hope that you are able to have a similar perspective about Vicki. Certainly I do and in my opinion, the entire MS community should feel the same way.
I am out of town and will be home tomorrow. I wrote a poem about when someone passes almost 30 years ago and will forward it to you when I return.
I wish you all the best and am truly grateful that she had such a caring partner to care for her these past many years.
It’s Time For Me To Go
It’s time for me to go my child
It’s time to move away
I’ll miss you very much and yet,
I can’t wait another day
I love you very much my child
So much, you’ll never know
My heart is always with you
No matter where you go
My days were rich, the years were full,
My life is quite complete
Another world is calling me
For a destiny I must meet
When your eyes are closed I’ll visit you
We won’t be far apart
If you need me, I will be right there
Just look inside your heart
I want you to know how proud I am
Of just what you have become
Of the choices you made, the person you are
And the life you have begun
And know that you’re not just my child
You are also my best friend
A love and friendship so very strong
That even life could never end
Michael B. Gerber
When writing for HealthCentral.com, Vicki wrote the following post as a letter to her grandchildren:
A Grandmother-With-MS’s Letter to her Grandchildren
“Treasure yourself,” was one message Vicki chose for our grandkids. To help them better understand, Vicki and I assembled a board on Pinterest with quotations supporting the idea of treasuring yourself.
Vicki is my special friend whom I have a lot of respect and love for. She mastered two skills hard to achieve: how to stand against obstacles, and have a big smile no matter what is going on.
Vicki, your presence is gone from around us, but remembering these skills on a daily basis make you around me always. Rest in peace, my friend.
Rest in peace Vicki! You sure will be missed!!! Many condolences
Vicki was a very warm and kind person, may she rest in peace. Many condolences to the family.
As a hospice nurse for over 8 years, I have had a lot of patients who have touched me. None greater though than Vicki. I don’t know what it was because our conversations were not deep, she put up with my bungling efforts to make her world better and happier. Often she would start my visit with “tell me a story” then I would tell her about what I had heard on the radio that day, or something funny I had heard. We would laugh because a lot of times I couldn’t remember the end of the story. At that point we agreed we had a lot in common. I especially miss my Friday evenings when I would visit at the end of the day. I would hang out and talk. She would always reprimand me for putting myself down. Vicki did meet her goal of me thinking about what she could do, not what she couldn’t. I hope you are dancing in heaven now Vicki, as I believe you have a place there, and I know you are waiting to be with the love of your life. I hope to remember the lessons you taught me, and share them with others. Love, Alice
I’m so sorry to hear of Vicki’s passing. She has been one of the truly special people I’ve been so very fortunate to have gotten to know from our online community.
I met Vicki through friends around 22 years ago. What a sweet woman. She kept in touch by email all these years, always remembering to ask about my children and my younger sister, who lives with a challenging auto-immune disease. Vicki’s kindness and strength amazed and inspired me. It was an honor to know her.
Garry, We are so sorry for your loss. You were so good to her, and we thank you for that. Vicki was so precious to us. We have many good memories.
May God bless you. Carol Anne and Carrol & Jeanette
I’ve yet to stop crying,
maybe I won’t,
I get nothing for trying
If I do or don’t.
I’m glad love did happen,
But learning took time;
For me there’s no clappin’
Like she deserves by this rhyme.
We laughed to the end,
She smiled when she could;
While death doesn’t bend
I knew her strength would.
Now that she’s passed,
I miss her greatly.
Good things don’t last,
At least not lately.
I’m ever so sorry to hear of your loss, deepest condolences – sincerely.
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