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  1. The Rabbit
    February 9, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

    There are heroes in movies and on the television. But, the most important ones are the Marks of the world as they give us personal strength, they give us hope. Thanks for sharing Jillianne.

    • Jillianne Code
      February 14, 2015 @ 11:14 am

      I agree, Rabbit. We need to pay attention to the heroes around us. I am lucky to have met Mark. I am also lucky to have a hero’s heart living within me from which I draw continued strength and hope. I still cannot believe it is real.

  2. Claudette Christopher
    February 26, 2015 @ 9:20 am

    Hi, we were so lucky to have knowned Mark, the last time we saw him was last fall, and as always, he was very positive and most anxious to hear about the trip we had just come back from, he shared a bond with my husband who was a close friend of his dad. He was a true spirit and had lots of friends.

  3. caregiverresearch
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

    My name is Dr. Dana Hansen, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Kent State University. You can learn more about me by visiting my faculty web page at
    We are contacting you because you are listed as the contact person of the blog. My research team and I are interested in learning about the family caregiver’s experience with reading their loved one’s illness blog.
    I was inspired to conduct this research during my sister-in-law’s journey through breast cancer. After interacting on her blog, I began to wonder what it was like for her husband (family caregiver) to read her blog. The family caregiver of the person who is writing the illness blog can find out more about our study by going to our study website: There is a screen for you to share your contact information if you are interested in participating. You can also email us at

    After we receive your information, we will contact you to discuss the study further and establish a time to conduct a 1 hour phone or Skype (your choice) interview. During the interview, we will ask questions about your experience as a caregiver interacting with your loved one on an illness blog. A nominal onetime payment of $50.00 will be mailed to you once the interview is complete.
    Participation is voluntary. Refusal to take part in the study involves no penalty or loss of benefits to which participants are otherwise entitled. Participants may withdraw from or stop the study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.
    If you are not the family caregiver of the person with a serious illness, please forward this information to someone who is.
    Thank you for your time and consideration,
    Dr. Dana Hansen
    Dana Hansen RN, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Kent State University, College of Nursing
    113 Henderson Hall, P. O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242

  4. Doctors are People Too – heart failure
    June 7, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

    […] I cannot imagine what he felt, what the entire team felt, when we all lost Mark. […]