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I have turned in my resignation as Peer Volunteer, effective immediately. It may take a week or so for my avatar to change, allowing me a chance to announce my decision.
This forum has been a lifeline to me for more than six years now. I have been a Peer Volunteer for over four years. My mother has been gone 17 months tomorrow. My husband and I finally have the freedom to travel and do some of the things we've always dreamed of doing. After giving this months of deliberation, I've decided it's time to move on.
I don't plan on leaving completely, but who knows what time will bring. There are many folks here that have become dear friends in this cyber world in which we live. So as not to leave you wondering what has become of me, I will answer any private messages from my connections. But I cannot promise to monitor the forums with my previous dedication.
I will remain an advocate for Alzheimer's research, caregiver support, and the education of the general public. These things are extremely important to me.
To all of you, I wish you all the best. What you do is so important and this is a great place to find the support you need for your journey. Remember to take care of yourself. Your loved ones need you!
Last but not least, thank you all for the support I've received through the years!
As always, I will be "okay". I hope you will be "okay", too!
1,782 posts?! Wowza.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING and enjoy and be well!!
Reading that really made me cry. You have so much wisdom to give on the boards. You have made me feel better about myself many times. Your post inspire me. I will GREATLY miss you, cyber friend. But @ the same time I'm happy for you & your husband. I'm also glad I may be able to private message you. Thank you so much for being there. Not just on this board, but especially on the "CG'g who have lost someone" board. You are one awesome person. May God bless you & your husband. & again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You are one of the very special people in this world. It has been a privilege to be a forum bud with you.
Dave M. aka DZ
Happy Trails, dj okay!
We will miss your wisdom on this board, but you deserve to travel and relax.
You will be missed more than you know. I thank you for your dedication dear friend and mentor and wish you many more wonderful and actual journeys.
All the best to you and your husband.
I do not post much, however, have been comforted as well as educated by your particiaption in this board.
Thank you for your many kind, wise and supportive posts. I've learned a lot from you. Enjoy your travels and your DH.
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
(from the song Closing Time by Semisonic)
Oh, dj -- What can I say? "Thank you" does not begin to convey how much you have helped and comforted me in the past few years. You are a special person to have stayed after your mother's passing to help those coming behind us. Your guidance and support was always spot on.
It is one more step in this journey for you. My parents passed away just about the same time as your mother. I have not been as active on these boards since that time. I have always admired that you could still give of your time and heart to others here. It is hard to let go, but you know when it is time to put your energy to use in other ways.
I wish you all the best. You deserve it!!! Hugs from afar....
I just want you to know that have received great help and support from this website and I am sorry that I did not find it sooner.
You are an ANGEL and LOVE will follow you wherever your journey takes you. Thanks for all you help and advice.
God Speed - Love BLONDE
I remember when you explained your postname, you said dj was not your profession You explained that "okay" was your state of mind. Things may not be great or perfect, but if it was okay, that was just fine. That thought has stuck with me all these years and helped me through a lot of tough situations over the years.
Your compassion, kindness, patience, wisdom, knowledge has been so appreciated by so many here and for me, it's been a tremendous gift.
There are some posters' names that are just the "go to" upon signing on. It's going to take me a while to get used to not seeing "dj okay", but I am happy for you and your husband, and knowing you will be getting the opportunity to do the things you want to and enjoy, makes me feel very happy and excited for you. Thank you for your unselfish sharing of your time and self.
You know we love you and will always be grateful to you. The world is a better place for you being in it. Take care, my friend.
Oh WONDERFUL WOMAN of REASON and major OKAYitis...you will be missed. but I wish you wonderful times ahead with your husband...you're soooo smart to take advantage of this time.
If your travels bring you to the Seattle area I would love to meet you and give you a hug.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Thank you for all your advice to those walking the walk. Thank you for listening.
May you truly enjoy life. Come back and say hello when you are able.
I signed in here specifically to wish you God's blessings as you move ahead with your life. You helped me many times along the way and I appreciate your kindness and wisdom.
Love and Peace,
Thank you DJ.
Your kindness, compassion,
and knowledge have meant so much to me through these tough years.
Please pop in once in awhile to let us know how you are doing.
You will be missed!
dj okay, I want to add my appreciation for your supportive and helpful posts. I know I have been helped enormously by the PVs in this site. I wish you many, many beautiful days ahead. You will be missed.
Ditto what KLM said...... You will be missed, but YOUR time has come.
Thanks so much!
Oh, my gosh. I didn't realize you were going. I don't want you to go. But I understand you have an exciting life ahead of you. I will sure miss your replies. You helped me a great deal.
I wish you the best of everything. I hope you come back some day. I think I love you.
Friends of the heart and friends here. Please realize how very important you are to me and the help that you have given me as I travel this journey.
As my mother continues I will carry forward with so many of the wise things that you have posted.
Thank you for all that you have given of yourself to these boards and know that you are wished Happy Trails and many wonderful travel memories with your DH.
Thank you for your insights and responses over the past year. Knowing others have survived this AD journey intack is priceless.
Enjoy your new journey from here on out!
As the Mad Hatter whispers to Alice before she leaves:
The rabbit hole will always be here whenever you feel like making the trip back to Wonderland.
djok - I will miss you very much. Your support, advice, humor, volunteering, sharing your thoughts, knowing what you have been thru, have kept me and the others (as you can see from the posts) churning.
Enjoy your future and please stop back from time to time just to say hello.
You will be missed very much.
DJ, You have been tremendously supportive to me in the last few years, ( I had a different name) . Your advice is always well thought out and useful. Your compassion is wonderful.
Good luck to you as you move on , hope to see you here from time to time.