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Christine Kalkinis

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April 2nd, 2009
My dear mother, Christine “Chrisoula” Kalkinis, had requested that we thank you for sending prayers, positive thoughts, and love to her these past few years. My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November of 2006 – the same day that I learned that I was pregnant with Demosthenes. 25 months later, and 52 chemotherapies treatments endured, she decided to stop treatment. Her best day was Christmas 2008, where all of her grandchildren, children and family were together to celebrate HER. The pictures we have of my mom show that bright light in her eyes. Even in the photo, you can hear her laughter when she smiles. During hospice, the routine entailed regimented medications to make her comfortable, home health aids keeping her fresh and beautiful, nurses and doctors, social workers and our family priest, visiting to make sure that every moment of her life was spent in comfort, love and fear free.

Thank you for being a part of this support team giving my mom the most quality filled days during this difficult time. Your phone calls, prayers, spiritual cards, positive affirmations, love and energy have helped tremendously. She loved being in Boston and appreciated all the friendships that she made there. She loved visiting her home country of Greece and connecting with her childhood. She loved Syracuse, with all her old friends and family providing love and support. Thank you for caring for and loving my mom. She was a beautiful person. Her creativity, love and passion will remain alive in all of us. Forever.
A dear friend shared a poem with me that I gave my mom for Valentine’s day 2007 …

Mom – you are always with me. You are the whisper of the leaves that I hear as I walk down the street. You are the smell of all my favorite foods that I remember and like to eat, and all the flowers that surround your beautiful garden.
You are the cool hand on my brow when I am not feeling well.
You are the breath in the air on a Cold winter’s day.
You are the sound of the rain that helps me go to sleep.
You are Christmas morning. You live inside my laughter.
You are crystallized in every tear drop. You show every emotion….
Happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger,
helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow…..and all the while, hoping and praying I will only know the Good feelings in life. You are the place I came from, my first home, and you are the map I follow with every step I take.
You are my first love, and my first friend. Nothing on earth can separate us. Not time, not space.

I love you.

She is resting now, in light, love, peace and infinity. We are all connected to each other and to infinity – this means there is no end to our spirit and love.

Last updated on: 05/22/2009


Comments:

she was a fighter, i love you and miss you, not a day goes by that i don’t think of you. My sister couldn’t of said this better:)

maria kalkinis – 06/16/2010

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www.ocrf.org www.ocrf.org – 05/27/2011

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www.ocrf.org www.ocrf.org – 06/03/2011

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sec6 xxx sawr sec6 xxx sawr – 07/02/2011

Here we are exactly 3 years 3 hrs & 44 mins later and still not a day goes by without you in my thoughts. The sun is shining like it was that morning. I saw a cardinal and knew it was you looking over me. Mom I love you with all my heart and mii

– 04/02/2012

And miss u like u would not believe. If could trade anything in the world right now it would be bring you back on my life.

– 04/02/2012

And miss u like u would not believe. If could trade anything in the world right now it would be bring you back on my life.

– 04/02/2012

Oh Laura, I just want to give you a hug. Your story is important! I come from a falmiy of longevity, people who basically never get sick and die of natural causes. I know I am lucky to not have serious health issues, but my daughter did, and she passed away at 14. I leaned more about disease than I ever thought I would. Each word, each moment counts to everyone. My nine and half year travel to overcome her loss has made me question and feel great pain for people who suffer no matter how little or how serious…The dish sounds good, and I want to know more about what you will be doing?Also, is that wok cast iron, because if it is I am coming to your house while you are gone and stealing it! Or you could tell me where you got it :) I want details of this trip!

Hoi Hoi – 09/03/2012