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Bonjour from Paris. Just a quick note to let all of you know that I am still alive but I am very very sick. I have a respiratory illness that for regular people would be a slight nuisance but for me it’s a near-death experience every five seconds. It’s difficult to breathe, I cannot cough, blah blah blah. The doctors have been to the apartment every day monitoring everything… My heart, my oxygen level, my lungs etc. My friend Debbie has flown in from St. Louis to sit in bed with me all day. David is here and so are the caregivers. So, I am trying to get better but it is taking a little bit of time. My panic attacks are at a whole new level of crazy. I’m going to take a little break from the blog until I get better. In the meantime, don’t cheat on me and read any other blogs because I will be very very jealous and I really can’t take that kind of stress right now. No guilt trip. :-)

227 comments:

  1. Rest, take a break. I wish you restful days. I imagine those dear to you are taking very good care of you, and you of them ;) ! "Gute Besserung" as they say here in D-land.

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  2. Oh Dear. Stay strong!
    Hugs from Luxembourg.

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  3. I will miss the blog.... Sending good thoughts your way.

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  4. Ellie - much love and light to you! Many prayers for your recovery. I promise, I will only read "Habitually Chic" until you are back. Barbara

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  5. Sending prayers to Paris, get well soon!

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  6. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.....xoxo

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  7. Dear Ellie, so happy to read from you. I think of you several times a day and hope you can keep your spirits up. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts/ life/ taste/ opinions/ recipes/ wisdom/ everything with us! With love to Paris, Vanessa

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  8. Please take care...I love reading everything u post!! Sending you Christmas Joy from Colorado��

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  9. Dearest glorious, funny, brave and wonderful Ellie, all over the world a growing tribe of Ellie lovers are thinking of you and holding you in their hearts. A blessing on your head darling xxx Elle

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  10. Dearest glorious, funny, brave and wonderful Ellie, all over the world a growing tribe of Ellie lovers are keeping you in their thoughts, and in their hearts. A blessing on your head darling girl xxx Elle

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  11. Hi Ellie, I was glad to hear from you, and sorry to hear of your challenges, you just take care, and we will be laughing together soon again.

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  12. Will miss your beautiful, witty posts, but I am lighting a candle for you and sending all kinds of healing wishes. Please feel well soon.

    Your blog is worth waiting for. (((hugs)))

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  13. Thinking of you and saying prayers for your speedy recovery.

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  14. Thank you so much for letting us all know, Ellie. I have been worried (and still am) but I trust in you and your fierce determination, plus you are in very good hands. Debbie, you rock. Am sending lots of Love and Strength your way...Get better soon.

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  15. Sending prayers your way (for you but also for very selfish reasons: I can cheat all I want but your blog will still be my fave.) Get well soon!

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  16. Feel better soon. I'll check in daily, hoping you'll be back, as I love your writing.
    I'm sending hugs and prayers to Paris.
    xoxo
    Joanne

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  17. Wishing you well, Ellie! I am following your journey and check in every morning to hear your stories about life, decorating and dealing with ALS. Stay strong!

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  18. Hi Ellie,
    I think of you every day (here in a sweet valley near the Pennsylvania Appalachians). I cared for my brilliant husband (just so similar to you) while he could not move a muscle, eat, see, etc. with progressive supra-nuclear palsy (crazy name as he had no 'palsy').He loved all kinds of music that I played for him every day, and I read to him also.
    He would be happy to know that you are able to eat wonderful food as he could not. When we long ago traveled to Paris, he spent hours finding just the most unpretentious, wonderful places to eat. Just love your writing, fondly, Suzanne

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  19. Oh no... Please please rest and recuperate, I need you!!!
    Both my husband and I pray for you every day!!!
    God bless you brave girl.
    All our love,

    Chris and Terri

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  20. Sending you many get well wishes, Ellie. xxoo Lilah.

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  21. Sending you love from London (not so far away). Get well soon Ellie xxx

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  22. There's nobody else that compares to you, of course we'll all stay faithful!
    Just fight this bastard chest infection and come back soon, you'll be missed, much love to you.

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  23. Hugs, love, prayers and get well wishes as you rest and recuperate. You are adored. xo

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  24. Sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery!

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  25. My sweet Ellie... you are in my prayers and I lit a candle for you in church yesterday. I also ordered both your books so I can have my Ellie fix while you are recuperating. Stay strong, bff.

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  26. Ellie, we all love, and thank goodness for Heather telling us about you. Love her too. Send someone down to rue de Bac to get you a Miraculous Medal at St. Catherine Laboure's church and her story of Mary appearing to her. Also pictures of beautiful mosaics there. I am a convert, but love learning the rosary, and say my Hail Mary's every time I can't sleep or depressed since my husband died. It helps me. Will light a candle for you also. May your guardian angle watch over you and your family. Love you as we all do!! Get well. Looking forward to reading your Christmas book.

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  27. So sorry to hear this, thinking of you and hoping you are better soon.

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  28. Dear Ellie, I just found your blog late yesterday afternoon and read your entire blog last night. I dreamt about you and love you! I'm linking to you today so I know there are lots of extra prayers coming your way. You are so beautiful! xo janet

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  29. THANK YOU!
    Debbie..........Love the fact you are there.We willNOT go to other BLOGS especially HC!We will wait for YOU.Stay warm...............DONOT GO OUTSIDE!
    XOXOXO

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  30. Dear Ellie,

    Sending love and prayers to you, your family and your caregivers...and what a blessing to have friends like Debbie! Cheating is no fun as there really are no other blogs as entertaining as yours (although I do enjoy Habitually Chic - afterall, that is what led many of us to you!).

    xo
    Jennifer
    Princeton, NJ

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  31. I hope that cute nurse is not on vacation! Rest and get well...I'll check your blog each day for updates...

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  32. Dear Ellie, I will pray each day for your recovery. You have given us such wonderful holiday suggestions this year and your humor and courage are always inspirational. Your many fans will wait patiently for your return to the blog and, in the meantime, know that we love and miss you. Merry Christmas!

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  33. Sending you love and hope from the far west coast of Canada! You are a light in our lives - a speedy recovery to you my dear.

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  34. Dear Ellie,
    Remember the virtual little red book "I Love You Because..."? Well, today's "I love you because" is, "I love you because even when you're sick as the proverbial dog and gasping for every breath, you thought of all of us who were worried about you and checking 10 times a day to see if you posted anything".
    I'm heading to Good Shepherd again today - there will be a candle there for you along with my prayer for your recovery, and of course, for the miracle.
    xo/Nancy

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  35. Sending healing thoughts your way. Stay strong and looking forward to hearing you are feeling better soon. Tara

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  36. Rest and get better sweet Ellie.....I will read not a single word elsewhere till your return! xo

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  37. Dear Ellie, just get better real soon. Reading your blog has been one of the great highlights of my day. I need you. Hugs and prayers from NYC. Best, Susan

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  38. Just found your blog via Janet at The Gardeners' Cottage (I do everything Janet tells me to do). Only good thoughts your way from Chicago.

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  39. Take all the time you need lovely Ellie. We will wait for a witty update in time. We also will not stray from your blog as you really can't be topped :)
    Sending loads of love & positive healthy good vibes from snowy Rossland B.C. xo

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  40. I am a new reader via The Gardner's Cottage blog. I will pray for you that you will recover soon so that you can enjoy this very special time of year, the birth of our savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.------sending you a hug!

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  41. Please feel better soon. I love reading your blog! I have just recently found your blog and I am so intrigued with your stories and all the information you share with your readers. I love everything about it; especially your sense of humor! You rock. Love Jeanne

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  42. wishing you a speedy recovery...i'm sure you can't wait to open presents under your tinsel covered tree.

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  43. Sending positive energy and praying for your health and well being.........and continued determination to be an example of strength and goodness.

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  44. my heart, thinking of YOU! The troops are here for you! XOXOX

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  45. As a new reader, I am fairly certain that my enthusiasm would completely irritate you- but know that on the other side of the pond, is a blonde in Texas that thinks of you and sends you all the best.

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  46. Sending much Aloha your way. Fell better soon, I will miss your lovely witty blog entries.

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  47. Know that your drearily loved and that we are all praying for you. GET WELL!!! immediately if not sooner. We need your words of wisdom. You're in our hearts and send healing wishes.
    Elle from NYC

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  48. Thank you for updating! I was/am worried for and thinking about you. I hope you are feeling better soon and I will be looking forward to reading new blogs when they are back up. I will miss you until then! XXOO

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  49. Lots of people pulling for you and sending kind thoughts! Take good care, Julie in Washington

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  50. Thank you for checking in. I have been worried.

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  51. Vous êtes merveilleuse Ellie et rien ne peut vous arriver... à bientôt !

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  52. See you next year….early Spring.
    Prayers and love,
    Marietta

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  53. Dear Ellie, I am praying for you as you struggle to breathe. You are a breath of fresh air to the rest of us and I wish we could give you that same gift. I pray that your lungs heal and each breath comes easier and easier. You are in God's hands so think of Him when you feel that panic coming--He can give you peace that is beyond our understanding. I look forward to hearing from you when you feel better. From NC.

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  54. You are an inspiration - prayers of strength for you.

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  55. Phew!! And you better not be reading this because you're supposed to be taking a break ;) I'm sending healing thoughts and love your way, with prayers for a speedy recovery XOX

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  56. Dearest Ellie,
    Thank you for letting us know how you are...when there was a "gap" in your blog entries, I was feeling very, very, very worried about you. I'm so glad you're still here, and glad you're surrounded by all those doctors and other health professionals.
    Much Love to you!!
    Sabrina

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  57. I just found you through Janet's blog - The Gardener's Cottage. My husband's grandmother had ALS so I understand the difficulties you are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Feel better soon.

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  58. I am here from the Gardener's Cottage to add my well wishes for your swift recuperation.

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  59. You can have your rest but come back soon! Imagine the impact your witty little blog has on the world! Love from Corona del Mar....as you said one of the only classy parts of the OC ;)

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  60. Oh Ellie honey, I'm so sorry. Please rest and get strong. Just take it slowly, don't worry, we'll all be here waiting for you. We need you! Sending you prayers and hugs, feel better.

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  61. Know you are much cared for by your coterie of international blog readers! Sending positives to you for restored "normalcy" and a wonderful Christmas.

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  62. Dearest Ellie. Hang in there. Praying to all the angels in heaven and some saints and the Big guy to watch over you and help you get over this crisis.
    Looking forward to your next blog, re: your recovery. Take your time. I can wait. Love and all my best wishes. Alex

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  63. New follower or, rather, friend. Peace be with you and do what you must. We will be waiting to hear from you.
    Denise

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  64. Sending healing thoughts and love your way. Please feel better soon!

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  65. Ellie,
    Hope you are better soon. I am praying for you. So glad your friend is there to help you.
    Keep fighting Ellie!
    Dee Ann

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  66. Rest, be calm, all your loyal readers want you back.

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  67. Sending prayers to you all the way from California! I hope you feel better soon! You have soooo many creative gifts and I look forward to following up with you soon! Prayers for your husband Gracie too!!! xo

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  69. Such dreadful news - am so sorry. Keep fighting sweet Ellie, am praying for you.
    Cindy F

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  70. I've been worried about you since your last post and have prayed for you daily. Now I know to pray harder! I love your blog Ellie and miss you. Please get better soon!!

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  71. Ellie, sending prayers and love to you!!

    Renee in Northern California

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  72. G'day from Down Under Aus.
    Enjoy your blog so much, beautiful and witty.
    Along with so many I wish you Gods Speed. D

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  73. Sending good wishes and wishing you a speedy recovery from Cape Town

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  74. I'm praying for God to bless you and heal you quickly and completely! And don't worry about the rest of us....we'll be here when you're back. Stay strong!

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  75. Stay strong !!! ((((((Hugs))))) from The Netherlands
    Esther

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  76. I think of you every day and am praying you'll get through this. I am so sorry you're in such misery....but I won't make it worse by reading any other blogs.:-). You are loved.

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  77. Ellie, you are on my mind and in my heart. I am praying for you to get back to your feisty wonderful self soon. Xo, jane

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  78. Ella bella, get well soon. You give me so much delight. Maggi, South Africa

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  79. Hi Ellie,
    I have been remiss in responding to your blog posts due to some pressing family issues but have read each and every one of them as well as purchasing both of your books, which I LOVE!! I think of you everyday and it always puts a smile on my face! I also always send my love and positive thoughts your way for wellness.

    In this time of illness you must focus your energy on healing (I know, pain in the butt, right?). Don't worry about us - we'll all be here when you return. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Something tells me it's just another bump in the road (of the many) and you'll be back with your humor and keen wit intact ready to entertain us once again in the new year.

    Just imagine the applause when you appear on that stage ready to go again!

    Much love and hugs from Portland, Oregon (I'm actually a fifth generation Californian)

    xoxox Janice

    P.S. I'm not buying that crap about not being brave, girl! You are brave every day that you wake up and choose to live! Every time you choose to compose a blog post, every time you worry about your daughter, every time you leave your house! You are certainly brave in my description of the word "brave". And, you truly inspire me to be brave everyday when I face a difficult situation. Thinking about you and your journey inspires me to keep going on the treadmill of life!

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  80. Love and light are on it's way to Paris. Take care XO

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  81. Sending peace and love from Pittsburgh, PA.

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  82. I miss you already! I love your blog and no other blog. Wishing you comfort and strength.
    Love from, Lori
    Poughkeepsie NY

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  83. With all my love, get well soon. We love you very much beautiful Ellie xxx

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  84. Ellie I found your blog a few months ago and I love it, your post on visiting Coco Chanel's apartment was one of the best things I've ever read. Now this morning my friend Janet posted about you and then my heart dropped knowing something was wrong. Please get well as soon as you can and in the meantime I'm praying for you and loving your spirit. Bless you xoxoDani

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  85. Praying for you Ellie!!! We all love you.

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  86. I have been enjoying your wit, strength and spirit and will re-read past blogs so I can still hear your voice while you rest and get better.

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  87. I will really miss your blogs - love the attitude and never say die attitude. But please don't be deluded - we will have to say goodbye soon. T'is a shame but c'est la vie (ou mort). Au revoir

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  88. Whatever. Blah blah blah. You'll be back in a jiff.

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  89. We will wait for you and no is is going to cheat because NO one is as funny as you!
    So you must get better- for the mental health of us all. Any chance meditation would help to keep panic attacks at bay? Probably not until the infection is clear.
    Blessings from MN, not quite Paris! Tamrah

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  90. Ellie, the strength of a woman is not measured by the size of her arm muscles or leg muscles. It is measured by the size of her heart. Her strength is also not measured by how many pounds she can pick up, but instead is measured by how many other people she can lift up through her words and her actions. You are one...strong...woman. So many of us are thinking of you, praying for you and will be waiting for the next blog when you are ready. Rest, renew - we'll be hear waiting for you.

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  91. Please take care, i love love love to read you...Please come back soon with very good news ...
    From Luxembourg, Co.

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  92. Ellie,
    No one will cheat on you and you must get better selfishly for us- because no one makes us laugh like you do! Next week when this lung infection is a bad dream, maybe try meditation for the panic attacks. Blessings from MN, Paris it's not. XXOO, tamrah

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  93. Dearest Ellie, I am desperately sorry your sick - you are in my thoughts constantly and I can't wait for the next blog.... Perhaps I can send you comments about previous blogs - get someone to let me know if reading comments would help.... much love my favourite blogger and I would NOT consider reading another blog....

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  94. Praying for you every day. You are a wonderful writer and so much fun to read. Hoping you will get better very soon and that you have a merry Christmas! Thanks.

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  95. I so hope you recover soon! You are an amazing person.

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  96. Ellie get well soon!! Stay strong. I'll miss you so much.
    Dolores, from Argentina.

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  97. Please feel better soon and take care. Your blog is the highlight of my day, and I have shared them with all of my friends here in Atlanta. We are convinced we would all be besties if we lived in Paris with you. Your humor makes me laugh out loud daily!! Take care of yourself and get back to writing! XOXO

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  98. Dearest Ellie, I am sorry that you are going through such a difficult time specially during the holidays. I do not pray but I do believe in the power of positive energy and you have a lot of positive energy going on here. Strange how you can love someone that you have never met but I love you and everyone else that reads this blog loves you too. We love your spirit, your wit and your determination, please use all of it to regain your strength and heal yourself. I know that it is hard for you to let us know how you are doing but if you are able please do because we all worry about you. Sending you a big hug. Lourdes

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  99. Dearest Ellie,

    So sorry to hear about the respiratory illness. I hope you will be feeling better soon because we all miss you and love your blog! Rest and let those doctors and caregivers take care of you.

    Sending you love and prayers from Houston, Texas.

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  100. We are all in Paris with you too, sharing stories and reminiscing like old friends:) Your apartment is getting full, but we don't care because you bring lots of wonderful people together. Someone continues to serve wine and the food keeps coming. We jostle to sneak into the bedroom to give you gentle hugs and kisses; and we all breathe in harmony sending you peace, as I do right now. xob

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  101. Ellie,
    No cheating will happen here! Please rest and get well soon.
    Xoxo, Catherine

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  102. Thank you for letting us know. Obviously I wasn't the only one worried about you! Hang in there and don't worry about all your fans. Get better and use the power of all this love flowing your way to get better! XOxoXo

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  103. A zillion billion hugs (we'll all be very careful) from your devoted fans who adore you.

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  104. you get well ellie! we all love you and need you. xoxoxox

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  105. Ellie- Please have your dear friend wheel you into your salon to see your Christmas tree lights. You know, of course, that they are magic (no matter how tragic the tree). May the lights remind you of each prayer being sent your way. Much love, light and healthy to you- Jeffrey

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  106. Dear Ella,

    Please get well soon. I understand your battle as my sister had ALS too. My prayers are for you, Gracie and David.

    Tricia

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  107. Dear Ellie,

    Please get well soon. I understand your battle as my dear sister had ALS too. My prayers are for you, Gracie and David.

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  108. I just received your Christmas book and it is beautiful. My husband thinks the picture on the back (of you) is beautiful too. You have a lot of loving friends, known and unknown, sending you healing energy in all forms. You can't be replaced in the blogging world and I look forward to your next newsy post when this nasty bug is gone.

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  109. You are a bright light in this crazy world. I will think of you everyday. Thank you for continuing to inspire us with your strength. Xo, Hope - NYC

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  110. You need to know that you have made a difference in a lot of people's lives with your strength, courage and optimism. Praying that you will get through this so stay strong and come back to us. Hugs and love coming your way!!

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  111. Dear Ellie, stay strong and comeback soon. You are in my thoughts. There are other blogs? Yours is the best.

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  112. Found you through the Gardener's Cottage. Blessings for a quick recovery!!

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  113. saying prayers....so many prayers....on your behalf. you are a christmas star and must shine brightly. think lofty thoughts.....and BELIEVE. you are so loved. blessings, peace and so much love.

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  114. Ellie, I am a new subscriber and I hope this is just a brief interruption as you are a true inspiration and delight. You are in my prayers. Peace and happiness to you from Austin, Texas.

    Mary Anne

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  115. We are all waiting for you to get better. Would never think of reading another blog (we are too busy anyway decorating our Christmas trees) !!! Get well quick. Sending lots of love and prayers. Judy.

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  116. Dropping by for my early morning stop by, burr cold for us sandpipers here in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl., thinking of YOU….my heart, troops are still out here…hee hee, haven't time to visit anyone but my favortie blog doll in Paris ! ;-))) XOXO

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  117. Ellie -
    Like a good friend... you teach, inspire, are brutally honest, and make me laugh out loud...sending love and prayers your way...

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  118. Found your blog via Janet (The Gardener's Cottage)
    Sending you positive and healing thoughts.
    Prayers and good energy.
    xo

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  119. Get better soon! Tell those people to take care of you! We will be anxiously waiting to hear from you.

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  120. Don't worry. There is no other blog like yours. It is unique just like you. Concentrate on feeling better. We will all be sending you positive thoughts. I have had panic attacks in the past and they are so frightening so my heart goes out to you. You have people who care for you all over the world...From Victoria BC Canada

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  121. Have been concerned about the absence of posts and missing your voice You must get through this and get back to work - you are the best and brightest blog out there - NO ONE has your guts and spunk and savvy. Everyone in NYC is rooting for you (you are SO NY) and we send you our fighting spirit. GET WELL!!!

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  122. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. We will wait for you and not go anywhere else.
    David
    NYC

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  123. You are so strong and you will be very well, very soon. You are in my thoughts. Remember that scene in Notting Hill where Hugh Grant's sister meets Julia Roberts and says something like, "I always thought if we met we'd be best friends." ? That's how I feel about you. So get well so that when I come to Paris we can be best friends, damn it!

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    1. Maybe a trip to Paris for all of us to meet and be BFF's with the one and only beyond cool lady. I always felt we must have been separated at birth...someone who share all my passions. Be well and get well!!
      elle nyc

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  124. Ellie, I too want to go and sit next to you with Debbie and David. But I realize you don't know me and it might be awkward....So I will stay home and check for your blog daily just to know that the crisis is over and that you are well. We will all be sending you positive thoughts and good intentions and wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Alejandra.

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  125. Please get well soon! Love, light and healing to you.

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  126. Praying for you and those who care for you. Found you through Janet at The Gardener's Cottage. Please take care of yourself and don't worry about your blog. Everyone loves you and will be ready to read when you are ready to write. xoxo, Mary

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  127. Ellie, sending you love and hoping you feel ever so much better very soon! You are an amazing
    lovely lady... know we all are sending so much good energy and light to you! xoxo, Linda

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  128. What other blogs? I am officially BLOGLESS until you are back to blogging. I am thinking about you everyday- and sending you many hugs. You inspire all of us.
    xo

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  129. Dear ellie,
    You have given all of us so much through your beautiful blog. Take time now to care for yourself. May you feel peace and hope during christmas.
    Carol, paris

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  130. Ellie you have been in my thoughts and prayers and i keep you in my heart for a quick recovery from this. You are strong and fiesty and I know you be up to complaining about your tree again in no time!
    Xo,
    Nathalie

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  131. Dear Ellie,
    I pray your rally from this latest health crisis, no one wants you to say good bye….
    Please feel the love and positive thoughts coming your way to you and your darling husband and daughter.

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  132. Dearest Ellie,

    Glad to hear your husband and best friend are right at your side, sounds like a room filled with love and strength and that should help. You are in my thoughts, wish there was something I could do. Thank you for you and want you to know that you are very much appreciated.

    Kathy

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  133. Sending you get well wishes from Helsinki <3

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  134. Thank you for letting us know what is happening. I join the chorus that is wishing, hoping and beseeching the powers that be, for your swift recovery from this respiratory illness and for the alleviation of your pain and fear, and for many grace notes, in the meantime. We are, and will be, here for you always. Have someone let me know if I can do more to support you. Love, Leslie

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  135. Hang in there Ellie.....we all need you, you are the best!

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  136. Just started reading your blog last week! It is way the best blog on my blog roll. You have a very classy wit. I am sorry to hear you are having a bad time. Please be well. Don't worry about your blog. We will be here when you are feeling better.

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  137. Dear Ellie The glory of your wonderful personality and spirit has touched so many lives. From New Zealand come prayers and healing for the most beautiful Christmas you could wish for. Thank you for being you...you are such a special person... your blog is the most amazing thing I have ever read. Get well soon. With love, Christine

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  138. Ellie you are an amazing soul. Light and healing and hugs from Ct. You write with such depth of heart.

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  139. perastika from Greece from Elly with a y

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  140. I just discovered your blog through The Gardener's Cottage and have been laughing and crying for hours. so happy to have found you but now so distressed that you are so ill. what an amazing spirit you are! hoping and praying for your health. Darby

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  141. Relax and gather strength , love and prayers , Lyn, Australia.

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  142. Ellie, browsing through all the previous responses, from all over the world, shows what a tremendous impact you have had on so many people. Think of all the people who haven't responded but are also praying for you. That's a powerful and tremendous amount of messages being blasted heavenward and God had better listen. Remember to "rage, rage" and we will pray, pray for your recovery. Sending love from Pasadena, Barbara

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  143. Forgot to say, there are no other blogs worth my time so will wait patiently for your return. Hugs, Barbara

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  144. Dearest Ellie, Stay strong brave heart. Sending you warm, comforting, healing thoughts your way. xo Patti from Northern California

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  145. Joyeux Nöel, Ellie. Please give us all the Christmas present of getting well!
    Hugs,
    Lorraine

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  146. Ellie, sending you light and love from Bedford, New York. You are just the best. I join your faithful tribe in wishing you breath, calm and ease, post-haste. Love you honey.

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  147. Dear wonderful E: we will keep you in our prayers. We will not abandon you.
    Be brave...we love you...you give us courage and faith.Don't panic.We will be here
    waiting for you.
    God bless !

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  148. I feel lucky to get to know you, even if only through your blog. Thinking of you and your family.

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  149. I feel lucky to get to know you, even if only through your blog. Thinking of you and your family.

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  150. Santa Barbara sends healing rays of sunshine to you dear Ellie ! Love you , A

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  151. Ellie,
    So sorry to hear that you're so sick. I love reading your blog--it makes me laugh out loud and makes me wish I knew you because I think (fear) we have a similar, slightly twisted sense of humor. I am sending positive thoughts your way.

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  152. Dearest Ellie,
    If I could, I would collect breath from your many, many fans from around the world and put it in a lovely, tastefully decorated box beside your bed. We love you. Get well soon.

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    1. This is so beautiful.

      Thinking of you many times each day, Ellie. And finding much inspiration from all of the Love and Strength here...

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  153. I'm pretty "damn sure" you will fight this and win...Get "under it" and PUSH...You know what I mean...Your words will get you through this. I'll be waiting...W.O.M.A.N. !!!!!!! Love, Linda

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  154. Being a former panic attack sufferer, hope you have xanax and ativan available over there, that's what got me thru!! If not please get someone to fed ex you some. Can you dictate and have someone write your blog for you, I'm sure you have thought of that but maybe it would be a good distraction. Sending love and prayers from Beverly Hills.

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  155. Praying for you... Stay strong xox

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  156. Ellie you need to know that you have made a difference in people's lives with your tenacity strength and courage. You mentioned in an earlier post that you wore the Serge Lutens fragrance Koublai Khan when you need to be brave. Well now is the time to break out the bottle! Have your friend Debbie douse you in the fragrance and keep the bottle next to your bed so you can see it. And don't look at your christmas tree if it stresses you out! Hugs and prayers coming your way.

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  157. Ellie, just know a lot of people are thinking of you. Stay focused on yourself and your recovery right now. As others said, you are loved...and we'll be here when you return.

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  158. Dearest Ellie,
    Many prayers winging your way!

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  159. Dear Ellie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm so grateful to have found your wonderful blog. And promise to stay true until your return...:) Tender hugs and lots of love. Amelia

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  160. Love you..... Love your blog........love your voice!!!...I love that your friend decided to die by dark chocolate and vodka....I want this to be a country western song!!! Please get better....know that many love you!....merry Christmas Ellie....you are special.........Very very special....Rhoda to the duh..........

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  161. hope today is a better day Ellie...xoxo

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  162. We will all be thinking of you until we hear from you again.

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  163. Thinking of you this morning! Hope you are resting comfortably.
    xoxox

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  164. Ellie, While shopping this week, the lady in line with me said she witnessed the most beautiful gesture that I wanted to share with you since it's YOU who usually inspires US:

    She was in a Music store yesterday, and a man came in and inquired about a violin for his child. The owner told him it was $385. The man put his head down, sadly, and walked out.

    Another gentleman was in the store, observed this, and went running out of the store after him. He asked the disappointed man if he might split the cost - would that make it possible for the man to buy it? The man said "yes", then returned to the store and purchased the Violin with this kind man's help.

    Perhaps that $193 donation will enable the child to obtain a college music scholarship. Regardless, it allowed us all to witness the gift of hope derived from one mans' unselfishness. This Christmas, lets' all see if we can find someone like this who needs a little help or support. Let's each create our own Violin Story, and share them with each other.

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  165. We light a candle each day and send our prayers from Belgium through Notre Dame into your beautiful French windows

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  166. Ellie, you are an inspiration to me in so many ways. You fill my thoughts with decorum and humor. I'm wishing you feel better soon.
    Lots of love from Northern Cali

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  167. Sending well wishes, strength, and love to you, from Seattle.

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  168. I've been chatting with the universe for you, arranging for a return to better health. LOOK LOOK LOOK at all the people who are missing the Ellie way of living! We want you back to "normal" so we can enjoy you, even just a little longer. Best wishes, much love, hugs from afar, from a big fan and the zillion billion others, too.

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  169. Wonderful Ellie - So sorry you are ill - Love and healing thoughts are coming to you from Portland, Oregon - xoxo

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  170. Ellie, Thank you for introducing me to beautiful things that I might not have ever seen had it not been for you and your blog. I do not come from a family of "means" and have never been exposed to such sophisticated beauty in real life like you have. You have lead such an interesting life filled with amazing, intellectual and creative people such as yourself. A gift. I thank you for sharing with me. Sending much love and aloha from Kauai.

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  171. Bonjour Ellie, dropping by, take a break from getting quotes from movers, yuck….so happy Debbie is there with you….so sweet to hear….thinking bout ya Ellie…"squeeze tight hugs" sent to your from across the pond, still cold for this sandpiper in Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Fl. XOXOX

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  172. Περαστικα Ελλη! Athens, Greece

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  173. sorry to read that you are unwell. Don't worry I will be here waiting when you get better. Bonne Chance, Suzana x

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  174. Dear Ellie,
    Think of you every day & sending our love and prayers to you and your family. We miss you and promise not to stray!
    Carol & John
    xoxo

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  175. Dear Ellie--

    I have been cheating on graduate school with your blog. Yeah, you've long since knocked the other blogs off for my first pick of cheating. Sometimes I return again and again to your posts to drink up chocolate chaud, the Louvre or Monet's dishes, but mostly for your brilliant snark as you face the challenges of living in beauty every day.
    Growing up on different sides of L.A., we may never have been friends had you not started this blog. I'm sending you love as the super-storm hits up here in Northern California. The weather is dangerous, but beautiful. I'm thinking of you and your family. Stay strong, stay strong through this storm. You will always find what is beautiful. Thank you for working so hard to share what you have found. Get better soon, Sweetheart--it will be a while before I get to Paris and I'm waiting to hear more. Much love--Susan

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  176. I've just recently found your blog and your IG and I love them both. I adore your style and your frank communication and your work ethic. I love that you are writing books at this time in your life. And I have to say, I love your tinsel tree. I am praying that you feel well really soon and this respiratory illness clears up quickly so you can enjoy Christmas! Best,
    Kim

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  177. Ellie, I just recently found your blog, and your words have touched me deeply. Your bravery in facing your disease is astounding, and puts us all in awe of you. You possess such great talent with your discerning eye and wit, that you have a profound effect on even those of us who are new to your beautiful blog. Thank you for all you have given us, and I will keep you in my prayers,and am grateful to have found you.

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  178. Please feel okay. We're all rooting for you! Many thoughts of goodness and health to you and your family.

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  179. Rest and know that you are missed and we'll be thinking of you everyday!
    Hugs from La Jolla!
    Xo

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  180. Sending Love from DC. Come on girl, get better! Missing you like crazy.

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  181. I wish for you what you wish for yourself.......time with your family.......wellness

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  182. I just found you !!!! Sending tons of prayers your way. I hope today is a better day.

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  183. Dear Ellie, Stay strong! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Much love and hugs from Bento Gonçalves, Brazil

    xoxox Lenice

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  184. Hoping that you are feeling much, much better today. Sending prayers and good thoughts.

    Love you.

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  185. Prayers and much love to you Ellie. Think only good thoughts-it is a joyous time of the year,and I hope you are getting the best of care.

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  186. Ellie,
    I love you so much that this morning while working on my tree at home (sent you a photo of my salon tree), I decided I must open some prosecco (I'm too cheap for real champagne and too bourgeois for California imitation) and I air-toasted to you. You've inspired me so very much. I can be the ultimate self-pitying asshole. You get through to me in a way only the Greats ever have.
    Merry Christmas.
    Stephen

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  187. Dear Ellie,
    I opened my mail this morning hoping to see a post from you...which would mean you are feeling better.
    You are in my thoughts and I'm happy that having your friend beside you and your husband and daughter and caregivers loving and tending to you will help you get well fast.
    With love and prayers and one swift kick in the ass to ALS.
    I believe you are stronger than the monster this round.
    xo Candace in Los Angeles

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  188. Along with so many others, i am praying for you and wishing you strength. I am a new fan of your blog and you make me laugh and weep. Please be well. cheryl

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  189. Wow! what a tribute to amazing YOU! People all over the world are send prayers and sweet thoughts around the clock....just be still and let the love wash over you....and don't ever forget... YOU are a "F'ing Rock Star"

    xoxox Candy

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