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Princess Z Clemons
Princess Z Clemons
I haven't been on here in a long while, but Leah has been not forgotton.  I'm sending my prayers to you and your family, may GOD put a protected shield around you all.  Remember prayer is the answer, man has no time on anyones life, he is a healer.  May GOD continue to bless you and your family
Jennifer Barshack
Jennifer Barshack
Eric,


Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.  I believe in the power that comes from sharing our personal struggles and in all the positive healing thoughts of all of us who care about you and your children.  Thank God, you discovered it and have excellent medical help available and can get the necessary treatment.  Hold all your little ones close and help them feel safe during this scary time. We will hold you all in our hearts.


Peace,


Jennifer


 


 
Leigh Flashnick
Leigh Flashnick
This is not fair!! I am praying for Oliver to be well soon and hope the plan of attack is as quick and easy as possible.  Thinking of you and your family always.  Leah and I had many great conversations when I dropped the boys off at Dealey and I think of you and your family often.


Holding you close,


Leigh Flashnick


 
Elaine Sung
Elaine Sung
mother of god, as if you and your family haven't been through enough. my thoughts and good wishes are with you and oliver, as well as your entire family. leah most certainly is looking down and cursing and vowing to cleanse oliver of the cancer. i loved working with leah at espn and miss her snarkiness, always.
Vicky Parsons
Vicky Parsons
Hi Eric, I haven't written to you and your family in a long time but I want you to know Leah is never too far from my thoughts.  She died on my birthday and it is a day I will always remember how Leah touched my life.  Our Gilda's group meets at The Dream Cafe (which we started after Leah left us) once a month and Leah's love and courage is there.  Several of us have not been back to Gilda's for many reasons but for me it is knowing that Leah won't be there.  I'm sure our old group goes on but is forever changed. It sounds like life is hectically yet happily moving forward for you and the kids and that everyone is adjusting.  I love reading your updates and appreciate your commitment to staying in touch with all of us who loved Leah and learned to know your family through her.
Mark Pietroboni
Mark Pietroboni
Dear Eric,
I have some sad information to share with you about another wife and mother that just lost her long battle of breast cancer this Monday, Aug 15, 2011:

I just learned about your incredibly brave wife's journey, you, and your young children moments ago while doing a Google search about my friend that was a very beautiful, Mother and Wife, (just like Leah was)  that passed away this Monday after a hard fought battle of cancer:  Her name is Jess Holm, from Murrysville, PA.  Jess's name came up in the "Celebrate Leah" Site of CaringBridge due to the following posting in Sept 2009:
2009.09.22.by
Jessica Holm holm.dj@gmail.com Murrysville, PA United States
Hi, My name is Jessica Holm. I have an aunt that lives in Texas and
wanted to share your story with me. I am a breast cancer survivor as
well. We have a lot in common. I am 34 years old and a mother of 4
wonderful children. When I was pregnant with my daughter last year I
knew that something wasn't right. Even after many complaints to my
ob/gyn's, it wasn't addressed. I am stage 4 as well. The cancer spread
to my spine and both hips. Like you, I am still going and I refuse to
give up. My children are too young to lose their mom. Eli is 8, Owen
will be turning 6, Ben is 4 and Aidah is 15 months. My doctor has just
stopped my adriamycin and is hoping to get me in a trial. I have the
Brac 2 gene. You are a strong woman. Thank you for taking the time to
journal and share your story. If you ever need to talk I would be happy
to listen. As they say," birds of a feather flock together" and
sometimes it is nice to know that you are not alone and there are others
going through the same trials and tribulations. Please take care!
Sincerely, Jess Holm
Jess's Husband, Dave, sent the following email to his friends:
Jess passed away this morning around 9:00AM at the hospital.
Thank you for all your prayers throughout this journey.

Her viewing will be Thursday Aug 18 at Vaia Funeral Home,
463 Athena Dr, Delmont, PA 15626
..724-468-1177 @ 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00

Her mass will be Friday Aug 19 at Mother of Sorrows Church
4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668
@ 10:00AM

Please pass this information on to all who knew Jess.

Thanks,
Dave



On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Dave / Jessica Holm
 <holm.dj@gmail.com<mailto:holm.dj@gmail.com>>
wrote:
It is with great sadness that I have to send this.
We have been told that Jess only has a few more days left.
I'm sorry this is being shared via email, but me
talking is not to good right now.

Something happened with the brain chemo she received on Wed
Aug 3rd. Jess went from a happy, active, positive,
wonderful, beautiful person on Wednesday to having to be
admitted to the hospital on Monday and is now unresponsive
to anything or anyone.

Doctors are unsure as to the cause since it was so dramatic
and so sudden. Yes she had cancer, but it was not
overwhelming, and we were going to try to knock it down
again. At some point recently, she did contract a UTI &
blood infection which she is fighting, but another doctor
also said she may have a very rare side-effect from the
chemo that was given, a side-effect that may go away,
given time. However, she is so weak and so "out of it",
the doctors don't think she has much time.

Although I knew this day would come at some point, I am
crushed because this happened so fast. Although she's had
a rough summer, she has overcome each problem thrown at her.
Even while we were waiting on Wed for her chemo, we were
discussing the details of how we were going to celebrate
Ben's birthday next week and what we were going to do
special for her birthday in two weeks. We were not
expecting this, not now.

She is in Latrobe Hospital, room IMU 1.

I know I have missed including people on this email,
so please forward to anyone who knows Jess. I will send
another email out at some point.

--Dave

Eric, it is obvious that Jess made - at least spiritual connection with Leah, I don't even know if Dave knew of this post....I would loved to have shared with you a picture of this beautiful family; but I would not do this without Dave's approval.  I am hoping that you and your members of this guestbook will keep the Holm family in their prayers and thoughts during the next few days...weeks...:-)   Thank you Eric and your family for sharing so much of your last few years with us, it is people like you that some-how makes sense out of such pain and loss, and reminds all that "we are not alone...!"  ...a friend of the Holm's family,
Sincerely, Mark Pietroboni
Marilyn Sutherland
Marilyn Sutherland
Eric, I don't know why but whenever I think of Leah passing, I get emotional.  She was such a spirit and somehow I think she embodies the profound sense of loss when someone we love dies.  While I barely knew her,  I always loved reading her posts.  And MarySue and Kim are good friends of mine for over a decade.  My grandkids are similar in ages and I can't imagine them losing their mom.   You are an amazing dad and my heart is with you.  Wishing you peace and joy - I think that's what Leah would have wanted! 
Alicia Labbe
Alicia Labbe
Eric,


Thanks for keeping all of us informed about how you and the children are doing.


I'm sure having your Mom help with the children is also a joy for her!  I would love to know when you've decided on the tree in Leah's honor and will visit the Arboretum.


Love,


Alicia


 
Jennifer Barshack
Jennifer Barshack
Eric,


Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.  I believe in the power that comes from sharing our personal struggles and in all the positive healing thoughts of all of us who care about you and your children.  Thank God, you discovered it and have excellent medical help available and can get the necessary treatment.  Hold all your little ones close and help them feel safe during this scary time. We will hold you all in our hearts.


Peace,


Jennifer


 


 
Elaine Sung
Elaine Sung
mother of god, as if you and your family haven't been through enough. my thoughts and good wishes are with you and oliver, as well as your entire family. leah most certainly is looking down and cursing and vowing to cleanse oliver of the cancer. i loved working with leah at espn and miss her snarkiness, always.
Vicky Parsons
Vicky Parsons
Hi Eric, I haven't written to you and your family in a long time but I want you to know Leah is never too far from my thoughts.  She died on my birthday and it is a day I will always remember how Leah touched my life.  Our Gilda's group meets at The Dream Cafe (which we started after Leah left us) once a month and Leah's love and courage is there.  Several of us have not been back to Gilda's for many reasons but for me it is knowing that Leah won't be there.  I'm sure our old group goes on but is forever changed. It sounds like life is hectically yet happily moving forward for you and the kids and that everyone is adjusting.  I love reading your updates and appreciate your commitment to staying in touch with all of us who loved Leah and learned to know your family through her.
Marilyn Sutherland
Marilyn Sutherland
Eric, I don't know why but whenever I think of Leah passing, I get emotional.  She was such a spirit and somehow I think she embodies the profound sense of loss when someone we love dies.  While I barely knew her,  I always loved reading her posts.  And MarySue and Kim are good friends of mine for over a decade.  My grandkids are similar in ages and I can't imagine them losing their mom.   You are an amazing dad and my heart is with you.  Wishing you peace and joy - I think that's what Leah would have wanted! 
Princess Z Clemons
Princess Z Clemons
I haven't been on here in a long while, but Leah has been not forgotton.  I'm sending my prayers to you and your family, may GOD put a protected shield around you all.  Remember prayer is the answer, man has no time on anyones life, he is a healer.  May GOD continue to bless you and your family
Leigh Flashnick
Leigh Flashnick
This is not fair!! I am praying for Oliver to be well soon and hope the plan of attack is as quick and easy as possible.  Thinking of you and your family always.  Leah and I had many great conversations when I dropped the boys off at Dealey and I think of you and your family often.


Holding you close,


Leigh Flashnick


 
Mark Pietroboni
Mark Pietroboni
Dear Eric,
I have some sad information to share with you about another wife and mother that just lost her long battle of breast cancer this Monday, Aug 15, 2011:

I just learned about your incredibly brave wife's journey, you, and your young children moments ago while doing a Google search about my friend that was a very beautiful, Mother and Wife, (just like Leah was)  that passed away this Monday after a hard fought battle of cancer:  Her name is Jess Holm, from Murrysville, PA.  Jess's name came up in the "Celebrate Leah" Site of CaringBridge due to the following posting in Sept 2009:
2009.09.22.by
Jessica Holm holm.dj@gmail.com Murrysville, PA United States
Hi, My name is Jessica Holm. I have an aunt that lives in Texas and
wanted to share your story with me. I am a breast cancer survivor as
well. We have a lot in common. I am 34 years old and a mother of 4
wonderful children. When I was pregnant with my daughter last year I
knew that something wasn't right. Even after many complaints to my
ob/gyn's, it wasn't addressed. I am stage 4 as well. The cancer spread
to my spine and both hips. Like you, I am still going and I refuse to
give up. My children are too young to lose their mom. Eli is 8, Owen
will be turning 6, Ben is 4 and Aidah is 15 months. My doctor has just
stopped my adriamycin and is hoping to get me in a trial. I have the
Brac 2 gene. You are a strong woman. Thank you for taking the time to
journal and share your story. If you ever need to talk I would be happy
to listen. As they say," birds of a feather flock together" and
sometimes it is nice to know that you are not alone and there are others
going through the same trials and tribulations. Please take care!
Sincerely, Jess Holm
Jess's Husband, Dave, sent the following email to his friends:
Jess passed away this morning around 9:00AM at the hospital.
Thank you for all your prayers throughout this journey.

Her viewing will be Thursday Aug 18 at Vaia Funeral Home,
463 Athena Dr, Delmont, PA 15626
..724-468-1177 @ 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00

Her mass will be Friday Aug 19 at Mother of Sorrows Church
4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668
@ 10:00AM

Please pass this information on to all who knew Jess.

Thanks,
Dave



On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Dave / Jessica Holm
 <holm.dj@gmail.com<mailto:holm.dj@gmail.com>>
wrote:
It is with great sadness that I have to send this.
We have been told that Jess only has a few more days left.
I'm sorry this is being shared via email, but me
talking is not to good right now.

Something happened with the brain chemo she received on Wed
Aug 3rd. Jess went from a happy, active, positive,
wonderful, beautiful person on Wednesday to having to be
admitted to the hospital on Monday and is now unresponsive
to anything or anyone.

Doctors are unsure as to the cause since it was so dramatic
and so sudden. Yes she had cancer, but it was not
overwhelming, and we were going to try to knock it down
again. At some point recently, she did contract a UTI &
blood infection which she is fighting, but another doctor
also said she may have a very rare side-effect from the
chemo that was given, a side-effect that may go away,
given time. However, she is so weak and so "out of it",
the doctors don't think she has much time.

Although I knew this day would come at some point, I am
crushed because this happened so fast. Although she's had
a rough summer, she has overcome each problem thrown at her.
Even while we were waiting on Wed for her chemo, we were
discussing the details of how we were going to celebrate
Ben's birthday next week and what we were going to do
special for her birthday in two weeks. We were not
expecting this, not now.

She is in Latrobe Hospital, room IMU 1.

I know I have missed including people on this email,
so please forward to anyone who knows Jess. I will send
another email out at some point.

--Dave

Eric, it is obvious that Jess made - at least spiritual connection with Leah, I don't even know if Dave knew of this post....I would loved to have shared with you a picture of this beautiful family; but I would not do this without Dave's approval.  I am hoping that you and your members of this guestbook will keep the Holm family in their prayers and thoughts during the next few days...weeks...:-)   Thank you Eric and your family for sharing so much of your last few years with us, it is people like you that some-how makes sense out of such pain and loss, and reminds all that "we are not alone...!"  ...a friend of the Holm's family,
Sincerely, Mark Pietroboni
Alicia Labbe
Alicia Labbe
Eric,


Thanks for keeping all of us informed about how you and the children are doing.


I'm sure having your Mom help with the children is also a joy for her!  I would love to know when you've decided on the tree in Leah's honor and will visit the Arboretum.


Love,


Alicia


 
Leigh Flashnick
Leigh Flashnick
This is not fair!! I am praying for Oliver to be well soon and hope the plan of attack is as quick and easy as possible.  Thinking of you and your family always.  Leah and I had many great conversations when I dropped the boys off at Dealey and I think of you and your family often.


Holding you close,


Leigh Flashnick


 
Elaine Sung
Elaine Sung
mother of god, as if you and your family haven't been through enough. my thoughts and good wishes are with you and oliver, as well as your entire family. leah most certainly is looking down and cursing and vowing to cleanse oliver of the cancer. i loved working with leah at espn and miss her snarkiness, always.
Mark Pietroboni
Mark Pietroboni
Dear Eric,
I have some sad information to share with you about another wife and mother that just lost her long battle of breast cancer this Monday, Aug 15, 2011:

I just learned about your incredibly brave wife's journey, you, and your young children moments ago while doing a Google search about my friend that was a very beautiful, Mother and Wife, (just like Leah was)  that passed away this Monday after a hard fought battle of cancer:  Her name is Jess Holm, from Murrysville, PA.  Jess's name came up in the "Celebrate Leah" Site of CaringBridge due to the following posting in Sept 2009:
2009.09.22.by
Jessica Holm holm.dj@gmail.com Murrysville, PA United States
Hi, My name is Jessica Holm. I have an aunt that lives in Texas and
wanted to share your story with me. I am a breast cancer survivor as
well. We have a lot in common. I am 34 years old and a mother of 4
wonderful children. When I was pregnant with my daughter last year I
knew that something wasn't right. Even after many complaints to my
ob/gyn's, it wasn't addressed. I am stage 4 as well. The cancer spread
to my spine and both hips. Like you, I am still going and I refuse to
give up. My children are too young to lose their mom. Eli is 8, Owen
will be turning 6, Ben is 4 and Aidah is 15 months. My doctor has just
stopped my adriamycin and is hoping to get me in a trial. I have the
Brac 2 gene. You are a strong woman. Thank you for taking the time to
journal and share your story. If you ever need to talk I would be happy
to listen. As they say," birds of a feather flock together" and
sometimes it is nice to know that you are not alone and there are others
going through the same trials and tribulations. Please take care!
Sincerely, Jess Holm
Jess's Husband, Dave, sent the following email to his friends:
Jess passed away this morning around 9:00AM at the hospital.
Thank you for all your prayers throughout this journey.

Her viewing will be Thursday Aug 18 at Vaia Funeral Home,
463 Athena Dr, Delmont, PA 15626
..724-468-1177 @ 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00

Her mass will be Friday Aug 19 at Mother of Sorrows Church
4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA 15668
@ 10:00AM

Please pass this information on to all who knew Jess.

Thanks,
Dave



On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Dave / Jessica Holm
 <holm.dj@gmail.com<mailto:holm.dj@gmail.com>>
wrote:
It is with great sadness that I have to send this.
We have been told that Jess only has a few more days left.
I'm sorry this is being shared via email, but me
talking is not to good right now.

Something happened with the brain chemo she received on Wed
Aug 3rd. Jess went from a happy, active, positive,
wonderful, beautiful person on Wednesday to having to be
admitted to the hospital on Monday and is now unresponsive
to anything or anyone.

Doctors are unsure as to the cause since it was so dramatic
and so sudden. Yes she had cancer, but it was not
overwhelming, and we were going to try to knock it down
again. At some point recently, she did contract a UTI &
blood infection which she is fighting, but another doctor
also said she may have a very rare side-effect from the
chemo that was given, a side-effect that may go away,
given time. However, she is so weak and so "out of it",
the doctors don't think she has much time.

Although I knew this day would come at some point, I am
crushed because this happened so fast. Although she's had
a rough summer, she has overcome each problem thrown at her.
Even while we were waiting on Wed for her chemo, we were
discussing the details of how we were going to celebrate
Ben's birthday next week and what we were going to do
special for her birthday in two weeks. We were not
expecting this, not now.

She is in Latrobe Hospital, room IMU 1.

I know I have missed including people on this email,
so please forward to anyone who knows Jess. I will send
another email out at some point.

--Dave

Eric, it is obvious that Jess made - at least spiritual connection with Leah, I don't even know if Dave knew of this post....I would loved to have shared with you a picture of this beautiful family; but I would not do this without Dave's approval.  I am hoping that you and your members of this guestbook will keep the Holm family in their prayers and thoughts during the next few days...weeks...:-)   Thank you Eric and your family for sharing so much of your last few years with us, it is people like you that some-how makes sense out of such pain and loss, and reminds all that "we are not alone...!"  ...a friend of the Holm's family,
Sincerely, Mark Pietroboni
Princess Z Clemons
Princess Z Clemons
I haven't been on here in a long while, but Leah has been not forgotton.  I'm sending my prayers to you and your family, may GOD put a protected shield around you all.  Remember prayer is the answer, man has no time on anyones life, he is a healer.  May GOD continue to bless you and your family
Marilyn Sutherland
Marilyn Sutherland
Eric, I don't know why but whenever I think of Leah passing, I get emotional.  She was such a spirit and somehow I think she embodies the profound sense of loss when someone we love dies.  While I barely knew her,  I always loved reading her posts.  And MarySue and Kim are good friends of mine for over a decade.  My grandkids are similar in ages and I can't imagine them losing their mom.   You are an amazing dad and my heart is with you.  Wishing you peace and joy - I think that's what Leah would have wanted! 
Jennifer Barshack
Jennifer Barshack
Eric,


Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.  I believe in the power that comes from sharing our personal struggles and in all the positive healing thoughts of all of us who care about you and your children.  Thank God, you discovered it and have excellent medical help available and can get the necessary treatment.  Hold all your little ones close and help them feel safe during this scary time. We will hold you all in our hearts.


Peace,


Jennifer


 


 
Vicky Parsons
Vicky Parsons
Hi Eric, I haven't written to you and your family in a long time but I want you to know Leah is never too far from my thoughts.  She died on my birthday and it is a day I will always remember how Leah touched my life.  Our Gilda's group meets at The Dream Cafe (which we started after Leah left us) once a month and Leah's love and courage is there.  Several of us have not been back to Gilda's for many reasons but for me it is knowing that Leah won't be there.  I'm sure our old group goes on but is forever changed. It sounds like life is hectically yet happily moving forward for you and the kids and that everyone is adjusting.  I love reading your updates and appreciate your commitment to staying in touch with all of us who loved Leah and learned to know your family through her.
Alicia Labbe
Alicia Labbe
Eric,


Thanks for keeping all of us informed about how you and the children are doing.


I'm sure having your Mom help with the children is also a joy for her!  I would love to know when you've decided on the tree in Leah's honor and will visit the Arboretum.


Love,


Alicia