Welcome to our CaringBridge website for Karyl Clark. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting and keeping your posts "family-friendly."
Sister Karen's version of Karyl's story:
Karyl was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 18, 1959 (to Ralph and Bernice "Berne" Clark). Older brother Keith, and sisters Kim and Karen, set the pattern of names starting with "K." It was no surprise that Karyl gained the nickname "KK" after mother's exasperating efforts to get her four kids to church on time--"KEITH! KIM! KAREN!"--by that time she was sputtering "KKKKK..." before she got to the youngest. Our mother used to tell the story of ironing her girls' dresses and putting on white socks and patent leather shoes for church, only to find as soon as she moved on to dress the next one of us, we would have jumped in the mud or done something to make a mess of her work. She would laugh and remark that, by the time we got to church for her to teach Sunday School, she was saying lots of words that were less than Godly in nature. All four of us loved our mom, but Karyl had a special bond with her in their mutual love of animals (dogs & cats), plants, and cooking. One of the last gifts my mother gave her was a painting of a sunflower (thus the background for this site). Karyl has always had the spunk and fighting spirit of our mother, which we pray will serve her well now.
In between then and now, Karyl lived in Michigan and Ohio, joined UPS after high school (she also holds a bachelor's and master's degree), and stayed with it, mostly in management positions, until retirement. She relocated to North Palm Beach, Florida, a few years ago with her four-legged canine family members Ranger, Kuma, Koda, and Kalo, plus two cats. We lived in the area for a short time during our high school years and our mother lived and worked there many years later before moving to Murphy, North Carolina, and eventually to Holland, Ohio, with Karyl. Since both loved the sunshine and tropical environment, it was the perfect place to retire, especially with nephew Stefan living close by. She volunteered and then worked part-time until recently with the Loggerhead Turtle Center. Karyl adores her dogs and considers them her kids. She also loves the family and friends in her life. She is a fun-loving, generous soul who gives way too much and needs, more than ever, to learn to receive.
Friday evening, February 3, Karyl suffered a ruptured aneurysm while brushing her teeth before going to bed. Somehow she survived the night and Saturday, either unconscious or trying to get into bed to rest. Sunday morning she managed to text nephew Stefan and friend Doc, telling them she had fainted and felt dizzy. They immediately headed to the house and got her to the nearest hospital. Because of her injury, she was transferred to Saint Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, where the best trauma doctors and specialists could help. Super Bowl Sunday was surgery day for Karyl. Her talented doctor was able to stop the hemorrhaging, but found additional aneurysms that will have to be dealt with when she has recovered enough for treatment.
It has now been a week (Sunday, Feb 12) since she went to Saint Mary's. I arrived early Monday morning and just got back to Virginia to set up this site. There are so many loved ones and friends who want to know what's going on and to give their support. It's overwhelming but appreciated and welcome. We're using this site for all of you and will post updates as we have them. THANK YOU FOR CARING. Your thoughts, prayers, well-wishes, cards, visits--ALL of it means the world to her and will help her recover. God bless you all; may He kick Karyl's butt into high gear and give her the fight to come back to us whole.