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by ‎07-01-2016 02:53 PM - edited ‎07-06-2016 05:40 PM

When I walked into Beth’s room at UPenn Hospital around 10:30pm on October 6, 2015, they were preparing to give her a bag of regular platelets to boost her levels. One of the nurses told us they wouldn’t work but that they had to give her regular platelets before they could move toward securing the HLA Matched Platelets through the Red Cross.  I remember distinctly going up to the bag of platelets after the nurses left the room and praying God would use them to boost Beth’s levels and prove the nurses wrong. I prayed about that for about an hour and then finally fell asleep on a chair in the corner of the room for an hour or two. It is really hard to sleep in a hospital whether as a visitor or as a patient, because nurses are in and out of the rooms all night long.

 

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The next morning I asked one of the nurses what Beth’s platelet count was and she said, “Forty one.” I thought ok they went from 2400 to 4100 - at least we are going in the right direction. Later the hematology doctors came to talk to us and one of them said, “we got a nice bump in her platelet count.” I said, “4,100 is going in the right direction.” He exclaimed, “Mr. Wheeler the count is 41,000 not 4,100!” I thanked the Lord for an answered prayer. (Miracle #13)

 

The next few days were filled with anxiety as we waited for the Red Cross to find Beth’s HLA Matched platelets.  They finally came and I’ll never forget being so nervous when they gave her the bag. I prayed harder than ever that they would give her the proper boost. I waited until about 10pm when the nurse came in with the good news -the matched platelets gave Beth a nice boost to 49,000! (Miracle #14)

 

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The next ten days were an emotional roller coaster.  Beth’s platelets would go up after she received a bag of the special platelets, but by the next day they would be back down.  Our primary physician kept saying that she felt like Beth’s bone marrow would kick in and start producing platelets any day.  However, day after day, it didn’t happen.  I was staying at a hotel about a mile away from the hospital and I always stayed with Beth as late as I could. I would catch the last shuttle in the evening and return the next morning with the first shuttle of the morning. I was able to be with my bride and my love for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  She would always order two meals so that I could eat with her.  This amazing woman always thought of me and others even as she was dying.  I began to realize that every second with my beautiful bride was special.

I brought in many pictures of Beth and our family and I shared them with her as motivation to get better.  She tried and tried and fought until there was no fight.

 

When it became apparent that Beth’s bone marrow wasn’t going to kick in my goal became to just get her home.  I did not want her to die in a hospital in downtown Philadelphia.  I called a good friend of mine who is a builder and asked him if he could build a wheelchair ramp outside of our front door that week.  I knew she would need to be brought in that. He didn’t even hesitate and said, “I’ll postpone the job I am working on and I will build it today!” How great to have friends like that who dropped everything to help us. (Miracle #15) The date was set for October 20, 2015 for us to bring Beth home.

 

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When Beth left the hospital all of her nurses and doctors lined up to hug her and wish her well just like they had at our local hospital.  Nurses told me that Beth helped them realize once again the reason they went into nursing.  She inspired the entire hospital with her fearless attitude and her gracious demeanor.  Our primary physician told me that the entire hospital was talking about Beth Wheeler and her loving family.  That was my Beth.  She was beyond special and that’s why I am so happy you had a chance to get to know her a little.

 

The next day we had welcome home signs and balloons all over the house.  The ambulance brought her home and rolled her in on a stretcher.  It was a very happy day for me to bring my Beth home after three and a half weeks in hospitals. 

 

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I had bought a new gas grill in August, but never had a chance to use it.  I grilled chicken and steak that night and Beth really enjoyed it.  She walked from our bedroom to the living room with the help of a walker and we all ate together.  Beth’s brother, Roy, and sister, Carol, were with us to help us care for Beth and to help keep an eye on the house while I was pretty much lived downtown.  It was nice for Kelsey to have someone else staying in the house.  I am so thankful for family and friends who helped me so much.  My fellow QVC hosts and team members were absolutely incredible with their outpouring of love and support.

 

Our primary doctor made arrangements for Beth to receive the HLA Matched Platelets at the hospital’s Valley Forge facility which was half the distance from our house as the hospital.  The next day the ambulance came and picked her up to take her for platelets. Beth’s sister, Carol, and I drove separately to be with her during the treatment.  Beth went to this facility off and on during the previous year, so many of the nurses and doctors already knew her well and loved her.  Many of the nurses ran out to hug her after her treatment.  I watched one nurse who I knew Beth had really touched in a meaningful way.  She was working on a patient and watching and suddenly she just ran out to Beth and gave her the biggest hug and kiss.  It was as if everyone knew this would be their last chance to see her.  (This is so difficult to write as my tears keep flowing.)

 

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Shortly after the ambulance brought Beth home and the paramedics got her back in her bed (yes, they fell in love with her too) she told me she didn’t want to do any more treatments.  I’ll never forget how hard it was for me to say to her, “Cakies, you’re in charge and if that is what you really want then you don’t have to do it anymore.”  She said, “That is what I really want Cakies.  I’m sorry but I just can’t do this anymore.”  I called hospice and I called her doctor.  Her doctor didn’t want to stop but I told her that it was Beth’s wish to stop.  She wanted to talk to Beth and I gave Beth the phone.  Our doctor was fighting back tears as she told Beth she was absolutely her favorite patient ever and that she was so honored to care for her.  Beth thanked her and told her how amazing she was at what she did.  Oh how I love that woman.  She thought of everyone right up to the end. 

 

The hospice team came and made Beth very comfortable.  I started calling family in from around the country.  So many people came to love Beth and to say their goodbyes.  One of her nieces is a hospice nurse in California and she and Kirstyn took amazing care of her in those final days.  They bathed her and put lotion all over her.  We all felt it was such an honor to do anything we could for her.  Her nieces told me that Beth was always the cool aunt they wanted to be like and they could hardly bare to say goodbye.  I know exactly how they felt.

 

So many amazing things happened during the last ten days of Beth’s life but I can’t possibly tell you all of them here.  I plan on writing a book about Beth’s life and what she taught us about unconditional love.  I will let you know when it is ready to be published.  I already have about one third of the book written.

 

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Our bedroom was filled with family members and close friends.  We played hymns and Christian songs of praise. We all sang and worshipped the Lord and loved Beth.  We used the hospital bed for people to sit on and kept Beth in our King-sized bed so we could all hug her and love on her.  Our bedroom truly became a place of worship.

So many people told me they wanted to help in any way possible so I called friends and asked if they could pick up family members and friends who flew in.  Everyone said yes without hesitation.  I thought I was randomly pairing people up but it was as if it was by divine appointment.  We had teachers picking up other teachers and musicians picking up musicians and so new friendships were born.  Beth brought people together in such wonderful ways. 

 

Here is an amazing miracle.  On Saturday, October 24th one of my best friends, Brian, flew in from California.  I had John, the lead singer from Blue Sky Band, pick up Brian who is also a musician.  John, his wife Joey and Brian arrived late at night and I went out to meet them in the driveway.  As we talked, I noticed that John wasn’t saying much.  He had a rather odd expression on his face.  After they left I mentioned something about it to Brian and he said John had been very talkative on the way from the airport.  I didn’t give it another thought until the next morning. 

 

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When I came out to get coffee on Sunday, October 25th, my sister, Mary Jane told me that I needed to talk to John.  I called John and he came over the next night and told me that he didn’t want me to think that he was weird but while I was talking with him in the driveway the night before he saw a large being standing about 8-9 feet tall right behind me.  He said there was bright, shimmering light coming off of the being and it appeared to be wearing a cloak and robe.  The light was so bright that he had to look away.  He said when he looked back at me it was gone but as I kept talking it appeared again and he had to look away once more because it was so bright.  I said, “John, what do you think you saw?”  He said, “I think I saw an angel!”  I said, “I did too!” (Miracle #16) I was so comforted to know angels were surrounding us all during such an extremely difficult time.

 

There were other miracles.  One morning I felt impressed to get out of bed and walk to my kitchen.  As I arrived by the front door I heard a faint knock.  It was my neighbor Darryl who asked if he could speak to Beth.  He told her that Jesus was with her and that if she was ever afraid to just reach up and touch the hem of His garment.  Beth’s hands were swollen from fluid and she couldn’t lift her hands.  But on a few occasions I saw her lift her hands straight up in the air.  (Miracle #17.)

 

During the last week of her life Beth kept looking up to the right corner of our bedroom ceiling.  One day I asked her what she saw.  She looked at me and said, “Heaven!”  I asked, “Is it beautiful?”  She said, “YES!”  (Miracle #18)  She also told us that she saw her dad who passed away when she was just fourteen years old.

 

On Friday, October 30th, 2015 Kelsey was hugging Beth and lying on her right side, Kirstyn was hugging her on her left and I was by Kirstyn hugging all three.  We were like this for most of the day as we knew Beth’s time was approaching.  Her mom was seated on a tall chair next to the bed. We were telling her constantly how much we loved her, how much she meant to us and how we would see her again one day in heaven.  At 2:40 p.m. Beth took her last breath and went to be with her heavenly father.  It was very peaceful and very loving.

 

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I won’t go into all the details here but the Lord helped us put together an amazing celebration of her life.  Our church worked hard to pull together the first “live” internet stream of a service.  Tens of thousands of people watched that day and in the days and weeks to follow. (Miracle #19)  I hear from people all over the world who tell me their lives were tremendously impacted by Beth’s incredible life.  The outpouring of love to our family was overwhelming and beautiful.  Thank you all so much for your notes of comfort and support over the past eight months.  I wish I could thank every person individually.  Maybe I will be able to in heaven.

 

I am beyond grateful for the thirty-seven years I had with Beth Wheeler.  I affectionately call her my Cakies and I feel her presence in many ways and on many occasions.  The best way I can sum up her life was that she truly lived her life out of love.  She loved all and was loved by all.  While we miss her every second of every day we are moving forward in her love.  We know that true love never dies.  Our goal as a family is to live every day in that love and to continue to love the way Elizabeth Ann Wheeler did.  She loved unselfishly and she loved fully. 

 

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Thank you friends for reading these blogs and thank you Cakies for loving me and giving me a wonderful life and a beautiful family.  Your family and friends feel your love every day and we will keep loving each other the way you taught us. 

 

God bless!

 

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Thank you for reading my story and God bless.

 

If you are interested in seeing any of my past blogs, go here.

 

 

 

 

Comments
by KathyAM
on ‎07-01-2016 03:29 PM

Thank you so much for sharing the life of your lovely wife, your blogs really touched my heart. God Bless you and your family.

by Cathy
on ‎07-01-2016 03:34 PM

Dan Wheeler thank you so much for your beautiful gift to many of us!

What a remarkable wife you have!  God will bless her for she has helped

many!  

In my faith we believe in eternity.  I am so glad to know we will be joined

with family after we leave this world.  And, we are healthy and in a peaceful

state of mind.  Isn't that the best blessing to know you will be with your Beth

again.

Thank you so much for sharing your miracles and blessing of your

beloved Beth.  You have touched my heart.

Thank you so much Dan, for your spiritual words of hopes and dreams!

God Bless yo and your beautiful family!!

Love your friend,

Cathy

 

 

by Custome12
on ‎07-01-2016 03:44 PM

I just finished reading your blog and I am sitting her crying for all of you.  Beth sounds like a wonderful person and I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family always.  Thank you for sharing.  So beautifully written.

by
on ‎07-01-2016 03:45 PM

 Wow!  This is a love story in real life

by LIAM
on ‎07-01-2016 03:56 PM

That was beautiful, Dan. My eyes filled with tears reading your last days with Beth. Beth was truely a wonderful person.She was very caring person. She gave her family so much love. She is now an angel in heaven. She will always be with you and your family because she is in your hearts. Blessings.

 

Donna Lee Perkins

by
on ‎07-01-2016 04:20 PM

Dan,

I have read all your installments. As I read your final words, I had to pause, take a deep breath, reflect, and take your words in.

My first thoughts were......THANK YOU DAN, FOR SHARING THIS WOMAN OF ABSOLUTE LOVE WITH US ALL.

WHAT A TRUE HONOR, AND HOW LUCKY ARE WE TO READ SUCH INSPIRATION. YOU SHARED YOUR GREATEST LOVE WITH US. WOW !! I personally thank you for this, as my father is now battling Multiple Myeloma.

Your words lift me up. Amazing really.

 

Dearest Beth is with her maker, and our Lord is now LOVING on her as you sweetly say.

What an incredibly woman blessed your lives.  She sounded like PURE love. Love seemed to just flow from her and too her.

 

Travel among the precious ANGELS Beth....and SOAR  !!!!

 

Thank you for sharing such precious words, DAN  !  You are special !!!!!!

 

 

 

 

by Cindyo
on ‎07-01-2016 04:21 PM

Dear Dan,

I feel very privledged to be able to read and share in your wondderful blog. You were married to a true angel in my opinion. She lived life as we are supposed to do....and make LOVE the center of everything. She and you have taught me many things and I so appreciate your sharing a very special life...lived so well.  Many lessons and thoughts were given to me. Perhaps she has touched the hearts that need it most...and perhaps..we can all make a loving difference as well.  

Thank you so very much....and oh yes...your book will be wonderful.  Blessings to you ...here in Michigan..Cindy Olsen

by Linda Lee
on ‎07-01-2016 04:22 PM

What a beautiful  story of your life with Beth.  Thank you for sharing Dan.  She was a special lady. I did some crying as I read about her last days here on earth. God bless you and your family Dan.

 

by eeeelaine
on ‎07-01-2016 04:23 PM

THANK YOU LORD,FOR BESTOWING YOUR HEAVENLY BLESSINGS ON DAN AND BETH AND THIER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!!!!!THERE ARE NO WORDS TO THAT CAN POSSIBLY HEAL THIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AT THIS TIME!!!!!!!ONE BLESSING IS THAT YOU WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN!!!!!IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE FREE FROM ILLNESS AND PAIN!!!!!!MAY OUR BEAUTIFUL ANGEL REST IN PEACE!!!!!!IN THE ARMS OF HER CREATOR AND LORD!!!!!!

 

by henry1
on ‎07-01-2016 04:36 PM

Hi Dan I just finished reading your blog! It is so beautiful as I sit here in tears! I've told you before your blogs mirror my experiences as I lost my husband Bill 2 years ago from cancer he developed from being a first responder to the World Trade Center! I admire your strength especially since it's been a very short time! I also have 2 daughters who were amazing throughout their dads illness & especially during hospice! Our older daughter has even considered becoming a nurse! Your blogs have helped me a great deal & I do continue to honor my husband of 35 years by going on & living the best life I can with our girls & our 3 granddaughters! My husband was my "hero" I miss him every minute of every day! I look forward to your book! Blessings Debbie Olsen 

by Momma Lady
on ‎07-01-2016 04:44 PM

Thank you Dan for sharing your wonderful life with Beth. It has helped me and I am sure it has helped thousands of others. Makes me sad and happy at the same time. I have lost loved ones and friends to cancer . Miss them all so much. But I will think of all you have said about heaven and the Angels and being able to say 'Good Bye'. I was able to do that with my younger brother. I now believe even more that I will see all my loved ones again and I can't wait to see my sweet daughter again. God Bless you Dan for helping so many , I know it could not have been easy for you. Waiting for the book to come out.

by annagar
on ‎07-01-2016 04:45 PM

Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with your wife. You brought me to tears each time and it is so wonderful to read such a story of true love. Shw will always be the Angel that watches over all of you.Heart

 

by granney she
on ‎07-01-2016 05:12 PM

Thank you for sharing your cakies with me.  I have a great respect for you.  I would love to buy your book when it is published.  Life is very short but it gives us great comfort to know that we will see our loved ones again.  My brother when he was passing away from cancer at the hospital told me a angel was with him.  We brought him home and he died 4 days later.  He was very peaceful and knew he was going to heaven.  Now time for you to move on and enjoy your life and family.  God Bless You

by Llcva
on ‎07-01-2016 05:14 PM

Dan, I too have tears in my eyes as I read your last blog. But to read your words, I feel how special she was and how God put the two of you together.  You both showed amazing strength and character, always thought of others and shared so much.  You can see that love and blessings in your daughters and grandsons.  I wish you many blessings.  I am so very sorry for your deep loss of the most special person in the world to you. Angels do surround you and Beth continues to watch over all of you.  You are an amazing man, a most humble man, and a man of great love and faith.  I thank you for sharing your most private moments.   I am reminded, through your blogs and your "thought for the day" that life is precious and fleeting.  I will try and do a better job in savoring each day as I walk my path.   ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼  

by Mapelah
on ‎07-01-2016 05:38 PM

Dan.......I am so touched by your blog; it brought me to tears.  What a gift to receive so much love.......yet to have to endure so much pain.  That can only be from the Lord.  I want to recommend a book I read when I had lost my mother.  "Appointments with Heaven by a Christian Doctor..".  Reggie Anderson, MD.   You can't believe how much it will bless you.   He talks about so many similar things that you experienced with your precious Beth.  God Bless you and your family.  I look forward to meeting you one in heaven......you're an inspiration!!!!!  As a result of what I went through, I am now volunteering in hospice......Pam

by flushing
on ‎07-01-2016 07:05 PM

Dan, what a beautiful tribute to your Beth, love of your lufe.  I have read and cried thru each of your blogs and thank you for sharing these with us.  Please be sure to let us know when and where your book will be available. I know that, too, will be written with love.  God's blessings to you and your beautiful family....until each of you are with Beth.  God bless!!

 

by sueokie
on ‎07-01-2016 07:24 PM

Thank you for sharing this love story. I can only imagine how hard this has been. I am so glad that you are writing a book. I know we all will draw inspiration from your book as well. I feel like Beth is smiling down with approval. Again thank you for doing this. God bless.

 

by Merriland
on ‎07-01-2016 07:32 PM

That was so moving.  I had tears and chills.  I am so sorry for your loss.  With your loss of Beth, you and her have touch so many lives.  You are strong as Beth is strong with her presence in your heart and her presence to us through your words of love for her.  God Bless!!!😀

by Hippiechic
on ‎07-01-2016 08:51 PM

Dan, I have read your entire blog on your life's journey with Beth, the love of your life. I truly understand from a personal level as well. God has so Blessed you by bringing you & Beth together & also giving you the beautiful family that you have. So much love & emotion from you has affected all of your family & friends as well as your QVC family & friends. Thanks for sharing your life with us all especially knowing how very difficult it was for you . I am sure many of us feel affected as well by your journey. Asking God to give you continued strength & healing. 💞

by Bichon fan too
on ‎07-01-2016 09:33 PM

This has been such a wonderful blessing Dan, Thank you for sharing. I look forward to your book, as I already feel God's hand in all of this. I am so glad you're surrounded by such a loving family and group of friends. And of course Zoey..:

by
on ‎07-01-2016 10:19 PM
Thank you Dan for a truly beautiful story about your love for Beth. I feel as if I know her. God bless you and your family ♡ ♡ ♡
by RubyValentine222
on ‎07-01-2016 10:54 PM

Dan I have also read all of your blogs about Beth and her remarkable journey. I am in tears but happy that through your words I have come to know this marvelous woman and the great love between the two of you. I pray that one day I will meet her and you in Heaven. Blessings to you and your wonderful family and of course Zoey. I look forward to your book which will be fantastic. i am humbled and blessed. Thank you

by tea tyme
on ‎07-01-2016 11:47 PM

Thank you for sharing Beth with us.  You are truly blessed.

by
on ‎07-02-2016 02:02 AM

Thank you, Dan.  What a beautiful person.  You two have created a lovely family in

which Beth continues to live because she is a part of you all.  Take care.

The photographs are special, and I loved everything about your wonderful blogs.

by DinaW
on ‎07-02-2016 03:58 AM
Thank you for opening your life to us all. A childhood friend of mine just list his Beth 2 weeks ago to M.S.. I explained to him about the gift of being able to give her back to our heavenly father. Being there, their 2 teen daughters watching as our God brought her to her heavenly home. I want to be able to say the right things to him to let him know that we are all there for him.i want to be used by God to give him comforting words. What do I say?
by couponpal
on ‎07-02-2016 10:59 AM

Dan

 

Thank you so much for sharing.  What a tribute to your wife.  I am still crying.

 

God bless you

 

Jo Cotroneo

by Bonnie50
‎07-02-2016 11:31 AM - edited ‎07-02-2016 11:33 AM

What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady. 💗. God bless you and your family!

by billym
on ‎07-02-2016 01:04 PM

thank you Dan for the most loving blog yet. I had to take two days to read it so I would stop crying. You and your wife had a wonderful love that doesn't happen often. Thank you for sharing it with us.

by
on ‎07-02-2016 05:37 PM

What a wonderful life you had with your Beth..God has our plan, no matter what it is, he knows every hair on our head, every thought in our heart..Thank you for sharing your life with us all..Blessings to you

by lynn43
on ‎07-02-2016 05:46 PM

Hi Dan,

 

  i read all your posts on Beth and she truly was an angel. I look forward to reading your new book when it comes out.God Bless you and your family.

by
on ‎07-02-2016 05:54 PM

One cannot read this without crying and rejoicing.  There really were miracles along the way.  As I followed her journey, I thought of suggesting you write a book.  I'm so glad you have already made that decision.

by
on ‎07-02-2016 06:31 PM

Oh my Dan, I am so touched by your late wifes faith  in the Lord and her love of everyone she came in contact with during her struggle with cancer. I am also touched by the way you and your whole support system cared for Beth and each other. My prayer and hope is that others will read your story and support their loved ones the way you and your family and friends supported and cared for Beth.

by
on ‎07-02-2016 07:28 PM

Dan, one day I do hope to meet you, whether in this life or in heaven! The depth of love for Beth is clearly evident, your faith is simply incredible.  Everyone handles loss differently, but your ability to still remember and share every precious moment is a testament to the depth of your love and strength. Bless you, Dan, and hang in there. Time and the love of family, friends and faith will see you through!

by qs
on ‎07-02-2016 07:33 PM

Thank you, Dan, for your beautifully written words.  Thank you for sharing Beth with us.  Your deep faith and love are truly a part of your heart and soul.  May God continue to bring peace and comfort to you and your family.  I look forward to reading the book you are writing.  God bless you and your family.

by
on ‎07-02-2016 07:54 PM

Dan, thank you for sharing such a personal journey with us.  

by
on ‎07-02-2016 09:32 PM

WOW ~ How touching! 

by VBemore
on ‎07-02-2016 11:43 PM

Thankk you for sharing your story. 

by whackybycracky
on ‎07-03-2016 03:59 PM

God bless you & your beautiful family.

 

by
on ‎07-04-2016 12:31 AM

Dan...

I have followed your blog and found it to be a true "love story" in so many ways.  The wondeful love that you and Beth shared was (and is) so rare.  No doubt, the "miracles" in your life will continue to take place as you continue along your journey.  

 

Best of Luck with your book.  I know the finished product will be an amazing,and beautiufl tribute to Beth, as well as serve to be an inspiration to all who read it.

 

May God continue to Bless you and may you feel His presence in your life in every moment....

 

 

~~~~The Only Everlasting Beauty Is The Beauty Of The Heart~~~~~

 

 

by
on ‎07-04-2016 10:10 PM

I'm sure your book will help many who have had a similar experience with a loved one. Best of luck to you and your beautiful family.

by Lynn Jane
on ‎07-05-2016 12:02 AM

I'm looking forward to when you are able to finish your book. From the blogs that you've written, I know it will be wonderful and full of love and faith. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely wife, Beth, with all of us, especially during the difficult time of adjusting to your new normal. She was beautiful and you were both so, so blessed to have found one another! God bless you and your family, Dan.

by love27214
on ‎07-05-2016 12:27 AM

Thank you Dan for sharing your beautiful story of love and faith.  Your Beth was a remarkable woman.  Your faith is truly an inspiration to me.  May the Lord continue to bless you and give you comfort and peace. 

by kjchj
on ‎07-08-2016 05:12 PM

What a beautiful Christian man; husband; father; grandfather, you are! This must have been so very hard for you to write about...Your Cakies is looking down at you with such love and pride...Keep the faith!

by mamakins
on ‎07-11-2016 02:10 AM

Dear Dan,

I am so very grateful for you sharing and allowing us all to read about such precious and intimate details of your private life. I have read each of your postings and feel so honored to have peeked into a very special private life that has become so public with your postings. Your Beth is truly an Angel. She was the true example of Jesus in the flesh. It saddens me though to read all this knowing that you had to endure all this pain as she was on her journey towards heaven. You both were everything as a couple that I want to be. I can't tell you what a blessing to me that the blogs have been. I have cried so much. I also have a longing to better my relationships so that I can respond to all those around me with unconditional love just like your Beth. WOW...what a magnificent woman of God. With all my heart I pray that as time goes on that your sadness lessens and that ache in your heart is filled with so many wonderful memories of all that she was that your heart no longer aches. After reading all that you have shared, Dan I can surely understand your grief...What an amazing person she was. I pray for comfort in all the days, months and years to come. With a grateful heart....Thank you for sharing about your Amazing life with your wife and friend Beth. Thank you also for your courage to share all this with us during your healing time. You have helped me to reassess my life and how I am living my life. I to, want to be a reflection of Jesus showing unconditional love. Thank you Dan, for the lessons you showed me through your wife Beth. May God continue to comfort you as well as your family. Much peace and joy to you all! Love to all of the Wheeler family

by Cc112233
on ‎07-14-2016 02:44 AM
Dear Dan,
Thank you so much for this blog on your journey with your Beth. I also believe in all of signs and miracles you had on your last weeks and month with her. I just know she is always with you. You are so in love with her now, I think more than you ever had.
Your blog shows it, from the first word to the last. Please finish writing her story in the book. You are one very special man. She knew that for sure. I pray that God and Beth give you all the strength you need, I only wish I had met you wife on this earth. I am so happy that she is in a better place, and now looking after all of you as she always did, but now she is your angel. Thank you again Chris
by
on ‎07-15-2016 09:06 AM
Dan thank you so much for sharing this beautiful love story for you and Beth. The strength; faith; love everyone had is a testament to all the family / friends have and shared with one another. I've learned so much from reading your blogs about Beth. I'm never sure how I would act during stressful times but GOD always gets me through. Reading hour blogs has help strengthen my faith with God. It isn't easy sharing so many intimate stories but to your credit you shared and we've all been blessed because of this. I'll be first in line when your book eventually is for sale. I look forward to reading it. Continued blessings to you and the rest of your family.
by Joe Cool
on ‎07-17-2016 09:49 AM

Dan:

 

As everyone else has posted, I also have been uplifted by your blogs about Beth -- what a wonderful woman and blessing!  I too have lost some precious people in my life over the last few months beginning last October.  Three of my closest and dearest friends that I work with didn't pass away but moved on to other ventures -- one retired and two moved away to other jobs.  Then in January, I lost my precious little Westie, Cleo, unexpectedly who was my girl.  My husband and I have two dogs, but she was a mama's girl for sure.  I keep praying and trying to just let God work through me during this emotional roller coaster ride, and He is blessing me every day.  Oh I still feel sorry for myself on occasion, but He always reminds me that He is there watching over me and working through me.

 

I don't know if you have heard the song by Danny Gokey, "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again", but it details my life over the last few months with the words for my losses.  The first time I heard it, I felt God was talking directly to me and I was crying so much I about had to pull off the road and stop!  It is such an inspiring, uplifting song for anyone whose life/world has been shattered and changed in the blink of an eye!  This young man lost his wife to cancer at a very young age, and he has taken that experience and used it to help other through his beautiful music.

 

Enjoy your blogs and your faith journey!

 

 As always blessings and all the best ~

by KaydeeD
on ‎07-17-2016 05:31 PM

Oh Dan Wheeler, What a wonderful story of your life, Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I lost the love of my life after 42 yrs. of marriage. and by God's grace can carry on. God Bless you, I am sorry for your loss.