Welcome to our CaringBridge website. Merle finally allowed us to create this site! We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Please feel free to share memories with Merle (she's looking forward to having them read to her!). Please also feel free to send any message to her that you'd like to send. We appreciate support, words of hope and encouragement, even words of frustration or humor! Most of all, we appreciate your visiting. It's a hard time: Merle is taking in immunology treatment that hasn't really had time to take hold, if it will take hold. For it or any other treatment to be efficacious, we need to create a window of perhaps a week of comfort, in which Merle can eat and process the medication and retain liquids. Simply crossing our fingers at this point.