Tell the Bees


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This chronicle of our campaign to beat back the non-Hodgkins Lymphoma that keeps trying to dominate Lina is ongoing. We’ll keep you up to date with what’s happening with us through this site and we hope to hear back from you – either by commenting here or through a letter, email ( or or phone call….or the best of all, a visit. ~Lina

UPDATE from Craig: Lina lost this battle and we lost Lina on July 18, 2008.


14 Comments so far

  1. Antoinette Rode March 8th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Dear Lina

    Of course you don’t know me, I got this link from Dennis Perry, who has a connection with your parents, I think? We met him when they were guests at our guest house in far off South Africa, many years ago, and have remained in contact since. The world is a small place.

    Now we are in England,have been for 11 years, and my husband Karl was diagnosed with multiple myeloma 3 months after retirement – right now he is in hospital having had the autologous stem cell transplant this past Wednesday. Out the window with a whole agenda of post-retirement ‘mature’ adventures…. but what the hell, life happens….! I mean: LIFE happens, I can see it is your approach as well.

    We shall be following your progress (you have NO other choice!) and sending tons of positive vibes every time I visit your website.

  2. Mary Carey March 8th, 2008 2:37 pm

    Dear Beefriends, Your site is the bees knees… I have long since known a woman that stings her arthritis daily with much success. Our hats go off to you

    I nominate Moriah and Chloe to think of keeping bees this summer. Just think we could name them and meet a queen bee. My friends in North Carolina moved their bees from North Salem NY in the back of a Uhaul and upon arrival opened the door of the truck and they all swarmed out of the truck. They set up the hives and they are all back in place happily enjoying their first winter outdoors.
    Thanks for keeping us posted on your schedule. I will be in LV this week and flying home Thursday so hope to call you prior to your trip to Boston for a chat. Much love to all. xxo Mary

  3. Abigail Norman March 17th, 2008 2:42 pm

    Lina – I am thinking of you with love. I’m sorry you’re back home but it’s good to be careful, I know. Loving you with every fiber. And congratulations to Chloe! I’m so pleased for you, and not at all surprised. — Abigail

  4. Sally White April 3rd, 2008 11:46 pm

    Dear Lina,
    I wrote you that email without first perusing this blog. I had no idea that the stem cells came from your brother. All praises to him. Also, because we have been out of touch for so long, I didn’t realize that Chloe had grown into an artist, although it doesn’t surprise me. I remember seeing your paintings around the house on the farm and sort of longing for some kind of ability to express myself with paint. Bob and I once painted tomato boxes. I couldn’t figure out how to render depth of color or anything. He virtually held my hand as he instructed me, and that may be the only piece of painting I’ve ever created worth saving. My mom has it somewhere.
    Before I wrote to you earlier this evening, I ticked off the years in my head since I had been at Blue Moon and figured Chloe would be about 18. Stunning! And stunning that she is off to such a brilliant start! Lina, I’m telling you, if my heart has anything to do with the universe, you will be well.

  5. Chris Hartman April 7th, 2008 12:11 pm

    hey thinking of you out here- your spring I hope is father down the road than ours we have had thirty inches of snow and are buried under it- may your body recover from its winter into a beautiful spring- and your brothers cells and yours will get along very well-be well – Chris

  6. rita b. May 22nd, 2008 9:21 am

    Hi Lina – By now you have probably thoroughly analyzed the ceiling of your room. I’m sure you are ready for some different scenery and a trip back home to Maine. Thinking about you and hoping for a good day for you. I hope you’ll be home soon. Hi to Craig, Chloe and Moriah too! Love

  7. Pam Pillsbury May 23rd, 2008 9:34 am

    Hi Lina,

    Genesta forwarded your website to me and I just finished reading how things have been going for you and I am in awe of your strength and courage. I’ve not known anyone to live life so full while enduring so much. You are an inspiration to all. Spring is at its best here and hope you will be home soon. My love and prayers are with you. Pam

  8. Julie,John, Madeline,Christoper and Alexandra May 23rd, 2008 11:01 pm

    Lina , I think of you throughout every day. My love, support, positive energy and faith are surounding you. WE are all in this together. you are heading into Battle with an army behind you. Close your eyes and know that all these loving hands are holding you up!

    We love all of you and are there for anything!!

    XoXoJohn,Julie, Alexandra Christopher and Madeline

  9. Lucy Lippard June 13th, 2008 12:22 pm

    Lina dear, Natasha gave me this site and I’m silently keeping up an atheist’s vigil with you, for whatever that’s worth. Thinking of you often, know you have the strength to do all that can be done. Much love and hope, Lucy (and congratulations to Chloe; another artist coming along!The world can use them even if it doesn’t know how….)

  10. harriet barlow June 14th, 2008 1:09 pm

    Hi Lina dear,

    Every time I start to flag (as in weary or feel sorry for myself or rue the world) I think of your phenomenal courage and conviction and I buck right up! So my loving thanks to you for setting a standard of determination which will serve us all in our lives and work. You are a character in so many thoughts, wishes, carings and dreams!



  11. Nephew Peter June 14th, 2008 3:35 pm

    Hi Lina,

    The magnitude of your fortitude has been an inspiration to us all! It’s been a breath of fresh air to hear of your improvements as they have been happening in real time :). I wish I could’ve went up to visit but, you know me, I had some scholastic obligations to attend to.



  12. Julianna Padgett June 21st, 2008 3:21 pm

    Craig –
    I’ve known Lina since junior high here in New Orleans – Eileen has continually kept me updated on this long journey you all have been on. I send my support to you and your daughters – and much hope to Lina that she will pull through this difficult time. Thank you so much for all you do for her.

  13. Basil April 10th, 2009 2:05 pm

    I didn’t know much about Lina, but I am thankful for the site, and she seems like a great human being. I am sorry she had a hard time….My prayers are with her…

  14. Amelia June 24th, 2009 1:28 am

    Lina made such a difference in my hometown of H’don. I am devastated to hear of her loss… because she was so great! So tough! So excellent! So interesting. So smart. We were so lucky to meet her.

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