I appreciate the out-pouring of love and support that we've received. Lynn has touched many lives. And I am grateful to have so many still in mine. A number of you have asked if Lynn is accepting visitors. Each of these requests has come with an appropriate expression of understanding that we may or may not be comfortable with many visitors. I want to respond to those requests and provide an avenue to communicate that I hope will be meaningful for both you and Lynn.
Though they've increased in number, requests to visit are not new. I have wished at times that we could throw open the doors and welcome anyone who wants to come. However, Lynn has chosen to take this journey with some deal of privacy. Family and a relatively small number of her closest friends have constantly been by her side.
Anyone only slightly acquainted with Lynn knows that she has lived a life of vitality. Having that slip away would be hard for anyone at any stage in life. It certainly has been so for Lynn. She does not want to be remembered for her sickness but for the fullness of life that preceded it. Now that she is less able to express her wishes, I have no reason to believe that desire has decreased at all. We are therefore going to limit visits.
One of Lynn's former college roommate contacted me. As often happens, though they were once close, they had drifted apart. She asked me to share some fun memories from their days together. I thought that was an appropriate, considerate expression and would like to suggest that you consider also sending your memories. Let's fill her last mortal waking moments with loving and laughing memories.
I feel like I should also provide a note on timing. Based upon comments from doctors and hospice nurses as well as my own researches, it seems clear that Lynn has only a week or two. So please don't wait to send your notes. I promise that we will try to share them with Lynn at times and in ways that bring her comfort and confirm the connection that each of you shared with her.