November 8, 2008

Hi everybody,

I'm very sorry, but Emru is not taking any more visitors that are not close family members, with very few exceptions.

His energy is limited and he expends lot of his energy on physical and mental tasks that are simple for the rest of us.

Emru is on pain medication,and he is no longer taking other medications or constant fluids. We are trying to keep him as comfortable as possible in these last few days.

He understands that he is well-loved, and that if he must leave soon, he can do so without guilt or regret. Our immediate family - Vicky, Max, Emru's and Vicky's parents, myself, and Emru's aunt who took care of him in early childhood - took the opportunity to tell him this today in our own ways.

I will keep you apprised of further developments, and hope you will respect the privacy of the family during the next few days.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're with you as best we can be.

Elfie and Spock

November 8, 2008 10:51 PM  
Blogger Jean La L├ęgende said...

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November 8, 2008 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bionic Coyote & family

In these emotional times, know you are not alone and have friends even in those who have not kept in touch in a (very) long time.

No words can properly express the sadness I feel. I am with you in thought.


November 8, 2008 11:28 PM  
Anonymous David Gerstein said...

While I've only even known you at a distance, through the apa, my heart goes out to you, Emru... let my warm feelings stay with you.

November 9, 2008 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emru and family,

A friend from long ago, I have watched your progress and know that the amazing work you have done for stem cell research will forever be in our memories.

Spring from On-Line Angelos!

November 9, 2008 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Wayne Radford said...

For the ever crafty Lord of Stealth...
La luta continuea.
(The struggle continues)

May the many eyes you have helped to open, continue to see, and help others.

Emru, you have been,
and always will be,
my friend.

November 9, 2008 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers with you and yours.

Ton + Nancy and family

November 10, 2008 12:05 AM  
Anonymous jenniferch said...

This has helped my family in similar situations:

Peace of Mind
I often feel that death is not the enemy of life, but its friend, for it is the knowledge that our years are limited which makes them so precious. It is the truth that time is but lent to us which makes us, at our best, look upon our years as a trust handed into our temporary keeping. We are like children privileged to spend a day in a great park, a park filled with many gardens and playgrounds and azure-tinted lakes with white boats sailing upon the tranquil waves. True, the day allotted to each one of us is not the same in length, in light, in beauty. Some children of earth are privileged to spend a long and sunlit day in the garden of the earth. For others the day is shorter, cloudier, and dusk descends more quickly as in a winter's tale. But whether our life is a long summery day or a shorter wintry afternoon, we know that inevitably there are storms and squalls which overcast even the bluest heaven and there are sunlit rays which pierce the darkest autumn sky. The day that we are privileged to spend in the great park of life is not the same for all human beings, but there is enough beauty and joy and gaiety in the hours if we will but treasure them.
Then for each one of us the moment comes when the great nurse, death, takes man, the child, by the hand and quietly says, "It is time to go home. Night is coming. It is your bedtime, child of earth. Come; you're tired. Lie down at last in the quiet nursery of nature and sleep. Sleep well. The day is gone. Stars shine in the canopy of eternity."

November 10, 2008 12:40 AM  
Blogger TashTish said...

I can't feel anything but sadness for all of us who will miss you. Emru, if you ever can see this, I must say I feel nothing but (qualified) joy for you. You will go on, on some blissful journey, one during which I hope we can all meet you again someday. You were always ready with a friendly, and I'll never forget your taking my side on a debate in APAToons; it lent some legitimacy to my argument.

My only regret is that I didn't send this to you in time to guarantee you seeing it. Oh well, I'll have to tell you about it next time we meet (and we will).


November 10, 2008 2:15 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Our hearts go out to Emru and his family... words cannot express the sadness we feel but we can only hope that the happy memories can provide some comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Heidi, Rachelle & Sarah

November 10, 2008 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Bernard Reischl said...

My friend Emru,

The thoughts and prayers of Julia and I are with you and your family.

Always a pleasure sharing a sip of single malt with you at a con and just yapping about chili, comics and stuff.

Berny & Julia

November 11, 2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are a hero to all of us.

November 11, 2008 11:06 PM  

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