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Hi everyone!  This is  Heather, Ellie's sister - the pretty, nice one.  Ellie just wanted me to give all of you a quick update.  Ellie has had a very tough three weeks.  And unfortunately she is not getting better.  We have taken her out of the horrible palliative care center, and we have her at her favorite little hotel that she has been coming to for ten years.  Regrettably, Ellie can barely speak, can neither eat nor drink, and she can no longer hold up her head.  However she still has her sense of humor and sharp tongue intact.  Her favorite caregivers are here around the clock.  All of her dearest friends will be arriving to provide love and laughter..  Ellie is doing her best to stay strong and will, by the grace of God, get better.  Ellie wants me to tell all of you that she loves you and thanks you for your prayers and well wishes. 

I will keep you updated on her progress.

Love, Heather

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  1. Heather, thank you so much for the update. I am beyond sorry to see that Ellie is having such a hard time. xoxox to Ellie and all of you. Heartbroken for all ♡

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    1. heather, the news wasn't very cheerful but at least we all can know all about what Ellie is going through!

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  2. Sending you love dear Ellie. We love you!!!!

    ___in the capital

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    1. Love and prayers to you and yours Ellie xxx

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  3. So happy she has so much love around her. Many prayers are being said on her behalf.❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Thanks Heather , sending all my love and well wishes to Ellie! I have been following Ellie for some months now ... I think half a year to be exact and she is just so gracious about everything and her humor is just phenomenal ! And her husband ... My goodness what a fabulous guy he must be ! All that love ! God bless and extra hugs to Ellie's daughter !

    All my love,
    Samantha ❤️

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  5. Thank you Heather! I see you have the same sharp wit as your sister. Sending love and hugs to our dear Ellie, who we all think is our best friend. Give her hugs from all her friends around the world. We are thinking of all of you. Good looks run in the family!!

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  6. Heather, thank you so much for the update. I'm sorry to hear the news is not better but grateful to know Ellie is continuing her courageous fight. If I may speak for myself as well as others reading this blog, please know that Ellie and her entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bon courage, Ellie.

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  7. ALS sucks. I'll continue to pray for Ellie and all her loved ones...so glad she's somewhere lovely and will be surrounded by love. Thank you for the update. Wishing you all comfort and peace and healing...

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  8. On this beautiful Easter Eve please let her know we are all with her in spirint and miss her greatly - praying for healing and peace

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  9. Hi Heather. tell Ellie that I have sat on my butt for a good bit of my life, not living to the fullest. When I found Ellie's blog, it hit my that I was not respecting my gift and I needed to step up and be grateful for every waking minute. She Is an inspiration and kicks ass. I love her. I love her blog and her message and he life story and her determination. Tell her I said hi and I am praying for her and she has made a difference. I am also praying for her Gracie and David.

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  10. Keep fighting, there are so many more stories you need to tell us. I for one will be praying for a miracle. xoxo, MB

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  11. hi Heather. ..pls tell Ellie she is loved and always in my thoughts & prayers....my heart is heavy for her....thank you for the update as I have been thinking of her...xoxo Jeannie

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  12. Praying for Elle, ALS does suck and we need a cure
    God Bless

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  13. Dearest Ellie
    We hope, pray, think, laugh, love and wish upon a star for your recovery....from afar we hold you in our thoughts x

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  14. This makes my heart sad. You are kind to update us on Eleanor's condition, Heather, even though we already knew you were the "pretty, nice one." The only bit of good news is that she "still has her sense of humor and sharp tongue." I daresay you and your mother have been able to enjoy both these past few days. I wish I were there to yell at her. Give her a big, sloppy wet kiss from Brad and me and tell her to take out her pissyness on room service, not you.

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  15. Love to all of Ellie's family. Sydney from Charlotte, NC

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  16. Sending love and best wishes from England. ALS/ MND - there are no words. XX �� XX

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  17. Thank you for the update. I'm sending nothing but prayers and positive thoughts to Ellie and all of her family and friends.

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  18. Heather and Ellie, I can't thank you enough for this post--I've been thinking of you so much Ellie. Sending peace, love and healing vibes. 💞💞 💞
    Xo

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  19. Thank you so much for letting us know...I think of Ellie every day.....adore you Ellie........
    sitting here in Florida, flooding like crazy here, getting a ton of rain for days now, so happy
    you are there Heather....my love to David & Gracie...and so happy she has moved to the
    Boutique Hotel she loves....words cannot express....my tears....
    ....XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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  20. So happy to hear Ellie is in a loving environment.

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  21. Sending loads of love to Ellie, to her family and to her friends.
    Robbi from Pittsburgh

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  22. Thanks for the update...Ellie... Lighting Easter candles for you including the Dyptiques. Much love, Alex

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  23. Continuing to send prayers and healing to Ellie!
    Karen

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  24. Heather,
    Thank you so much for the update. There are so many people sending prayers to all of you! We love Ellie!

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  25. No words but sending love from Liverpool ❤️ X

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  26. Love and prayers being sent your way. Ellie, your spirit and strength inspire me.

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  27. Hi Heather, thank you for the update... I can't believe this, let's not stop trying... Try everything please, try EFT (tapping) for relief of the symptoms Anything!
    She is our best friend for real, make her angry, so she keeps kicking the ALS

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  28. Thank you for letting us know how Ellie is doing, Heather. I am another person who has subscribed to Ellie's blog for several years, reading every post, but who has never met her in person. I am another one of the legion who cares mightily about Ellie and her family. Please know, and tell Ellie, that yet one more person is praying for healing, and moments of grace, for her and sending her love. Please let us know if, or whenever, there is anything else we can do.

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  29. Much love and prayers to you Ellie on your journey!

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  30. Heather, nice to meet you. I'm so glad Ellie is surrounded with all the loves of her life. I wish you all much strength to help her get through this bad patch. And I hope that's all it is, a bad patch. Ellie has inspired and entertained us and we all hope for the best outcome. XO

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  31. I am sending my love and prayers. Ellie is such a bright light in this world.

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  32. Oh Ellie, "you're in my heart you're in my soul" hugging and cuddling you.

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  33. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    We love you Ellie!
    God Bless
    Chris and Terri

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  34. OMG Ellie!! We were to meet, but you were busy or something. Kelly was suppose to set up the thing. Well she had to ask Jen or something since we don't really know each other, other than via Facebook and Kelly telling me about you. I even got some of my Hermes orange shopping bags, and was going to fill them with Fritos and have u do Giraffe! And drink champ and talk tea/ shade on people. I was to push you around Paris, on my 2 day layover, and run people down! Then of course we would laugh at them. I was also going to tell you that blowing down the wall to take you out of your place was really, because you were super fat like the people on Maury! That you photoshopped yourself. Also, tell you that ALS is sooo 2014, that you need to keep current and became transgender like Bruce. But reading this, life is a true cunt! I hope your seester reads this to you, so you laugh. I hope you voted for Bernie at the U.S Embassy! Hillary is a cunt! If your seester could type for you, tell her to hit Kelly and I on our Facebook chat. <3

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  35. Although we never met, you made me stronger just knowing that you were fighting the good fight. I too add my prayers and energy in your effort to once again fight back against this latest event. God bless you Ellie! xo

    Debby

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  36. Thank you so much for keeping us all updated, Heather, it means so much. I know that there have been literally thousands of people checking Ellie's instagram account for the past few days, hoping for word.

    Ells, we all love you so much. That much is pretty evident by now! I am so incredibly happy that your Mom and Heather are there along with David, Gracie and the Dream Team. Add some of your favorite friends from around the world and that makes me so happy. Now, I will just focus on sending you more strength. Hold on, beautiful one,
    Love always,
    the Other Heather ;)

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    1. Yes, Ellie - you are loved - wanting you to know that I pray for you every day! Love from Heather's sister, Robin

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  37. Sending good vibes to Ellie and family!!

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  38. Love and light to Ellie as she is surrounded by her loving family. Please let Ellie know how much she is loved and admired. Sending her prayers for healing. Much love, Barbara

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  39. SISTER HEATHER...........YOU have THROWN me a CURVE ball....................you are a DEAR to keep US her READERS informed.I LOVE that she is in a HOTEL surrounded by THE OLD CAREGIVERS and the FAMILY.I would imagine if the name of that HOTEL got OUT it would BE FILLED with PARISIAN FLOWERS from the FIRST FLOOR to the TIPPY TOP FLOOR and that might NOT be GOOD for her breathing...........so keep that HOTEL under wraps!!I am fumbling for WORDS here...........as you can see.JUST know THERE ARE A TON of us here who ADORE her and FELT WE knew HER and SO ENJOYED the BLOG and her TAKE on LIFE and THINGS in GENERAL..............I am one of the LUCKY ONES as I spoke with her when she had the shop to inquire about the price of a chaise..........then I found HER blog through PENELOPE BIANCHI and FELL head over heels in L O V E with HER writing!Then I traveled to PARIS and INVITED MYSELF into her HOME for TEA!!!SHE greeted ME on her CHAISE and WE had a LOVELY TIME chatting away.............I could have stayed for HOURS!As I said in my bLOG POST after meeting her ELLie was the HI-LIGHT of PARIS for ME!
    PLEASE let HER know WE are ALL ROOTING FOR HER.DAY and NIGHT.THANK YOU for this update.Ellie, YOU ARE LOVED.............XOXOXO

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  40. Thank you Heather! ... and rather than relaying to Ellie a refrain of sorrow and woe, I wish to convey to her that her wit and "sharp tongue", as you've said, are a needed source of light ~ and it is hoped that her damn body quit this S**t and let her alone! Best thoughts with you all!

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  41. Heather, thanks for keeping us informed. Ellie is so inspiring and I am sending all my healing prayers and thoughts her way. Amities, Jill

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  43. Kick ass @ellieod...

    Heather YOU are an amazing sister. Please pass on the love to Ellie. Hugs and forever on my prayers.

    Paula, in San Diego CA.

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  44. Thank you for sharing Ellie's journey with the world. Ellie's story sounds all to familiar to my mom's journey with ALS. One thing is for certain, she's a fighter, as was my mother. Her strong personality, will to fight, love for her family and friends and sassy attitude stayed intact to the very end. Praying for you all. Love is the greatest gift you can give to Ellie❤️

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  45. Love and prayers to Ellie! She has helped me to get through the day, so many times. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude..❤️ Looking forward to another blog post.. like so many of Ellie's friends, from afar.
    Love, light and peace...❌⭕️❌⭕️

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  46. Much, much love to Ellie from Toronto.

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  47. Thank you Heather for the update even though it is not the best news. Ellie has many people here in Australia who have admired her for quite a while. Her quick wit, courage, and sense of style are the epitome of what we would call "a good sheila". Glad to know she is surrounded by those she loves in a beautiful setting as she fights on. Our prayers are with her here on Easter Sunday.

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  48. Keep your boots muddy Ellie!!
    Your story will soon hit the big screen, trying to complete the movie as quickly as we can!
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/589928428/hidden-killer-finding-a-cure-for-als-and-alzheimer

    XOXO
    bo

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    1. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FILM. ELLIE IS ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE I HAVE EVER GOTTEN TO KNOW AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR WORKING FOR A CURE THROUGH YOUR FILM. RHA

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  49. Sending her love and prayers. xo

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  50. Sweet Heather, what a blessing to be a sister and to have a sister!! To care for Ellie is such a gift -- one of my very good young male friends had als and it is a hateful bitch of a disease !!!! Praying for strength and healing for your whole family!! Xoxo

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  51. Ellie has been and will continue to be one of my favorite bloggers. She's real. No BS. prayers continue.

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  52. Not even sure where to begin - first off, thank you Heather for giving us an update...I am not kidding and please tell Ellie (if it doesn't make her tired or feel worse) her authentic voice and humor and wit and fucking amazing TASTE and her fearless opinions have made me feel less alone in the world. Praying for her and all of you and sending you love and courage...just started reading her blog a couple weeks ago and have become totally addicted. Hugs to you all and David and Gracie. Feel like I know you even though I don't. We all want to read her book! god I hope she isn't in too much pain. fuck!

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  54. Much love and positive thoughts are being sent her way! Hang in there, Ellie.

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  55. Lots of love and prayers coming your way from Minnesota -- for Ellie, for Gracie, for David, for you and your mom.

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  56. Ellie you are an inspiration, and hillarious. Bon courage

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  57. We all need her, please keep fighting. What a gift she has to give. Thank you Ellie you are one of a kind

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  58. Praying for you and your family for Bon courage.

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  59. I have been checking for news here and on IG, so thank you Heather! It is a mark of Ellie's bright spirit that so many of us care so much. I hope Gracie has Teddy with her. He always had such a look of adoration on his face in those pics Ellie posted. So glad Ellie is out of that awful place and has all of you around her. Love is very powerful. Love to you Ellie!!!

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  60. Praying for Ellie. Mary

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  61. Ellie is the best. Sending love, her writing has lifted my spirits many times.

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  62. Thank you so much for the update. I'm keeping all of you in my prayers for strength and healing.

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  63. Another reader thanking you for the update. Ellie is so strong, I know her family has the same strength and are just as awesome. Keep her laughing.

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  64. Miracles.Prayers.Healing.xo Nancy in Texas

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  65. Heather, thank you the update, I have been thinking of Ellie non-stop - even had a dream about her last night. She was happy and laughing. Please tell her that I am sending tons and tons of prayers.
    Get well dear Ellie!! You are so dearly LOVED.
    Prays to you and all your family,Heather.

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  66. Dear Heather, Ellie has been in my thoughts every moment of the day since she started declining. She is my, and many others, inspiration, I was fortunate to meet Ellie when I was in Paris last year, her beauty inside and out was just blinding. We stayed in touch via email and she always managed to put a smile on my face even when tears were just pouring out. I have had a very rough year, ending with a betrayal by someone whom I considered not only the most honorable man that I had ever met but my best friend and life partner. Ellie was there every step of the way, she answered emails, gave me advise and above all made me feel that I mattered when I felt very sad and alone. She is an amazing person and prayers for her are being said around the world. I light a candle for her every night and I send her all my love and healing energy. Please give her a hug and a kiss for me. With all my love, Lourdes

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  67. Dear Heather, I want you to know that your dear sister Ellie means so much to so many of us. I am glad she is surrounded by those she loves. Please let her know, we love her too.

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  68. Prayers for you and your family Ellie. Your courage and indomitable spirit touch and inspire me. You have given so much of yourself to people far and wide. Know how much your readers love and appreciate you and we all surround you with our healing prayers. Bless you, dear one. Andrea

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  69. Sending love and positive vibes to Ellie!

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  70. Sending light, love, peace, and healing! Ellie, sharp and downright hilarious humor have given me so much joy! Thank you for bringing so much sunshine to the world! Xoxo

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  71. Thank you Heather,
    Sending love and prayers to darling Ellie.

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  72. Heart Broken.

    Please tell Ellie that I am praying for her and her beautiful family. I'm so glad her humor is intact.

    Everything I can think of to say sounds so trite, but know that my feelings for Ellie and all of your are not trite. Sometimes words fail.

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  73. Sending to Ellie, her friends and your family, much love, peace in spirit and heart. xob

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  74. Praying for you and yours Ellie. May God give you the strength and serenity to get through this. ALS sucks, but your grace and beauty have shined brighter throught your battle then most shine in a lifetime of health.

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  75. ♡♡♡ prayers, ♡♡♡

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  76. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how Ellie is doing. I'm sorry to hear she is not getting better. I will continue to pray for her and your family at this difficult time. Please tell her we love and miss her!

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  77. Ellie...All my love and best wishes to you, David and Gracie.

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  78. My thoughts and prayers are with Ellie. She is amazing and so admired!

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  79. I have never commented. Pulling for you, dear girl, to ride out this storm and have some smooth sailing ahead. I hope your friends, family, and caregivers spoil you rotten and that such will give you the power to get your MOJO back. I think you're the girl that every girl would love to have as a best friend. Oh, I've also never appreciated the beauty of blue and white, and now I see (and admire it) everywhere. Check out Martha Stewart's Instagram for blue and white Easter Eggs. Xx. Natalie from L.A.

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  80. "... she has made a difference." -- she certainly has! And to be loved by so many has far-reaching, eternal value beyond measure! I pray for strength, peace and understanding for all.

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  81. Thank you, Heather. That Ellie should think of us at this time brings tears to my eyes. She is such a caing, generous, loving woman. She has touched us all in positive ways we will never forget. Praying for strength for her and her loved ones. Sally

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  82. I hope her way is as good and clear and happy as it can be.

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  83. Ellie Ellie Ellie! I am sending you all my love, much aloha...xoxoxo

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  84. Keep your boots muddy Ellie!!
    I am working as fast as I can to complete the film about you, your fight and the work of Paul Cox and his team to find a cure. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/589928428/hidden-killer-finding-a-cure-for-als-and-alzheimer

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  85. So thankful for the update but so sad to hear of Ellie's condition. Thankful she has family and friends near. Through her blog Ellie has brought home the need to live life to the fullest no matter our circumstances. She has fought a long and brave battle and I for one will always remember her words of wisdom shared so forthrightly and honestly. Praying for a miracle.

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  86. Sending love and light to this remarkable woman. Texas loves you, Ellie!

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  87. I was "introduced" to Ellie, at a time of great personal loss, by our mutually dearest friend Lourdes. Who would guess that following the thoughts and adventures of a woman struggling with a hideous monster, ALS, would help me see again that life is wonderful no matter what challenges present themselves? My prayers and healing energies are focused on you, Ellie. Please keep fighting until the battle is won and your indomitable spirit prevails! The world desperately needs your charm, wit, elegance, irreverence, taste and kicksss spirit and, frankly, so do I. Much love to you and your family and many thanks, Heather, for rewarding my search for news of Ellie!

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  88. All love to Ellie, to Gracie, to David, and to you, Heather, your Mum, and all your family. Thinking of every one of you non-stop.

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  89. Heather, thank you so much for keeping us updated. I'm thinking about all of you.
    Ellie, thank you for being tenaciously, fabulously you. I'm sure I feel the way many people here feel--that I don't come across many truly kindred spirits and I feel we are. The first post of yours I read was a gift from Janet at the Gardener's Cottage about your Christmas tree. As I read it I bounced between crying and laughing and felt like I was reading my own thoughts. After reading here, I was so inspired to write in my true voice and arm myself with your attitude of "oh you don't like it? Fuck off." Being able to pour my heart out in words had been a huge and positive change for me and I have you to thank.
    As you may gather, I am not one to hold back with the people I love. I'm kind of like the big slow one in mice and men (of all the books I haven't read, why did I fucking bother with that one? Why do schools require that and not grapes of wrath which is pretty good--not as good as Out of Sync by Lance Bass--but good). So forgive me for just saying that I love you and thank you. For everything.
    If things take a turn for the better, I'll be happy to chat about my stupid plates for my Easter table and how I broke new ground in adding more cream and sugar to already creamy and sugary things. If they don't, know that I'll carry some of you in my soul. Hopefully the part that nabs attractive French men who go antiquing and buy really good presents. Sending you all my love (not that there's much competition for it).

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    1. Dear Stephen, I so enjoy your response to Ellie's blog posting. Today with tears streaming down my face for a lady who has entertained me and inspired me your writing made me smile thru the tears - thank you - you are also loved. Ann

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    2. I came to Ellie via Janet as well and it was like the rug was pulled out from under me - so honest, funny, heart wrenching. There is no better blog out there than this one, and Stephen Andrew, you have been a gift under this Christmas tree. Your comments are always my favorite and you are right - you and Ellie are kindred spirits. This turn of events pains us all but you write so much like her that I am feeling more protective of your heart more than my own.

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  90. I have been following Ellli's blog for a few months now and am amazed at her courage, her strength, her resilience and her wit. I am so sorry that she is going through this bad time. Sending her lots of positive thoughts, and a big thank you to you for being there for her too. It must be equally hard for all her loved ones to watch her deteriorate. Strength to you all. Ingrid from South Africa.

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  91. Dearest Ellie, I can't tell you enough how much your blog means to me, since I first read it back in 2014. Your flower post was so amazing, and because of you I've learned how to arrange flowers-- something I never knew I wanted to do, or thought I had the energy to do. Since January I've started writing fiction again, a little bit every day -- also, because of your stellar example --it's not perfect, but I have scenes and characters and a rough armature of the storyline -- about 200 pages right now. I have a long way to go before I have a complete first draft with lots of research and rewriting ahead of me. Every day I feel excited about getting to create something to the point where I forget about how much my body hurts and how sick I physically feel. You are a beautiful soul and you have made such a difference in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this gift. I'm glad you're in your favorite hotel and I am sending you enormous hugs and love. Heather, thank you for sending news about Ellie.
    XOXO,
    Sabrina in Port Townsend

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  92. Thank you for the update Heather. I am so sorry Ellie is fading but glad to know she is surrounded by her loved ones and staying in a hotel she loves.
    Best wishes from DownUnder lillian.

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  93. Thank you Heather for your update - it doesn't seem right that we all think that we know Ellie but we do and we all wish her so much love and peace. Please stay strong for Ellie and for all of us - the invisible force that only wants the best foe Ellie and her loved ones.
    Cindy F

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  94. LOVE FROM SWEDEN!!!!!/HILLEVI

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  95. Please tell Ellie that I will be praying for her recovery on this Easter Sunday. God bless you all.

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  96. Ellie,
    You are in my prayers! I have forwarded your blog to many people-some that need a reality check, some that needed to see your strength, sense of humor and your courage in the face of illness, others ...just because you are amazing! Gracie is blessed to have you as a Mom and an incredible role model! You are an inspiration to so many people. We are all praying for you! ��

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  97. Heather, thank you. I will pray for Ellie. I am very happy that she's with loved ones in her favorite hotel. Much love.

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  98. Sending you love and peace all the way from South Africa. Helena

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    1. Ellie - Sending you all my love, strength, prayers and healing hugs from the east coast. I am glad to learn from your sister that you are in your favorite hotel surrounded by your favorite people. You continue to inspire me everyday with your courage, good taste, honesty, sense of humor, big heart and wisdom. The biggest hug from Olivia

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  99. Sending all my love and prayers to Ellie and her family, friends, caregivers, and pets. Please get better, dearest Ellie. You are a bright light in the world. I hope you kick ALS's ass!!!!
    All my love,
    Lindsay in Missouri

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  100. To Ellie who made a difference...........gods speed. May you come through this and continue to educate us mere mortals!

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  101. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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  102. Thank you Heather. Long time reader from Australia, but first time I've left a comment. Being the mother of an only child who is also a girl, I am thinking of Gracie at this time. Ellie has been such an inspiration to so many people all over the world with her wonderful fighting spirit, her sense of humour and her superb taste. I think Stephen Andrew needs to get over to Paris and fix her hair now!

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  103. Thank you for the update Heather. You are all in my thoughts. Sending sunshine, chocolate and love (and a stiff drink) from Rome.

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  104. I am devastated by this news. Ellie, you are amazing and I am shedding many tears.... My heart is breaking for all that you have had to endure. I will pray often for David and Gracie .... I hope they get the book published - you have inspired me to do better and I would love to have your book as a constant reminder of your strength, courage and impeccable taste... Much love Ann

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  105. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and my prayers. I sincerely hope that your family and friends will please, please research unconventional or alternative treatment modalities.

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  106. I, like others here, have never sent in a comment. Nonetheless I have immensely enjoyed Ellie's dispatches and her hilarious and celebratory attitude to life, since stumbling over her blog in 2014. Ellie, by letting us all into your life, you have helped bring laughter, insight and fun into our lives. Sending prayers and wishes for your recovery. Thinking of you over this Easter weekend, along with all your internet friends.

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  107. Heather, thank you for being there and thank you also for being her voice!

    Ellie, your last posts made me speachless. Blame me for that! You need our words and we need yours!

    Let me tell you how much you mean to us all! To all us people from different parts of the world.

    You are so tough, more than I thought was possible for a human being! Thank you for that, for being so tough and for being such an ideal, such an impressing rolemodel!

    You have given me such a reality check! I know now how blessed, how priviliged I am. Doing this blog and reporting about your development has probably done more than any philosopher or coach could do. I think we all learn a lot about life here.

    Not only you are strong but especially your daughter is too, your husband is too and your sister, mother and family. I am very happy they are with you now and that they got you out of the palliative center. That is no place to be for a fighter like you!

    Save your energy now to get better!

    Know that we all love you and your family and we all send you energy and strength!

    Love, Silke

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  108. Thinking of you, Ellie, with love. You have taught me more than you will ever know.

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  109. So sorry to hear of how much suffering Ellie is going through, and praying she'll come through stronger. Thank you Heather for keeping us in touch xx

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  110. So sorry to hear of Ellie's suffering and praying she' ll come through better and stronger. Thank you Heather for keeping us in touch xx

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  111. Sending best wishes for recovery & hope Ellie will get better soon. We readers love & need Ellie and her wits & the inspiration she gives to us. Lots of love from the Black Forest, Germany. Vanessa

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  112. Dear Ellie

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful, funny, feisty, and amazing self with us. Your strength and spirit have inspired us all to be more discerning with the people and things in our lives. Please know that we are all better because of you, and maybe (hopefully) someone else will be a little better because of us. You have kicked off a chain reaction of beauty, honesty, and courage that will continue to grow in your name. Peace be with you and all of your loved ones.

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  113. The title of this post, says it all. Lit a candle for you at a beautiful church last Sunday and saying prayers for you Ellie and your family.
    Den xxx

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  114. Please tell her DT...the guy who is a chinoiserie freak in Raleigh NC...will be lighting a candle in church today. Please make her happy and comfortable and let her know how much joy her writings have given me in the early hours before dawn. as always...dt

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  115. I am reading this on Easter, of all days. Thank you for the update, Heather. Ellie is so special. Her blog is a joy to read. I know how comforting it must be for her to have so many of her family and friends around her. Let her know that her virtual friends who enthusiastically read her posts are around her too. We twirled for her on New Year's Eve and we pray for her now.

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  116. Thank you so much for the update. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love from New Zealand

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  117. Thank you Heather for the update. Ellie you certainly crept into many hearts, love your blog and for keeping it real. FYI, my younger sister also think she is nicer and prettier, had a giggle when I read that. Sending every best wish to you and your family. Jo

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  118. Thinking of Ellie and wishing her all the good things like peace and strength and comfort xxxxxx

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  119. Thank you Heather for this message from Ellie. I'm so sad to learn that this inspiring woman, whose writing has made me laugh so much I wet myself at times, is facing this battle right now.It's only right that she be surrounded by love and laughter, family and friends in a favourite place. Sending love and Reiki healing from Normandy, France.

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  120. Heather, thank you for the update on Ellie's condition. I am thinking of all of you as you rally around your dear sister. She is a rare bird, and continues to impact the lives of so many with her courage and kick ass spirit. She has taught us so much about how to live life with gusto and with dignity in the face of illness. All to best....from Texas.

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  121. Heather,
    Please keep in touch. And please tell Ellie that I love her, that she has been my lifeline in so many ways, and that I will be looking for her around every corner.
    Laura.

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  122. Heather,
    Thank you so much for keeping us informed about Ellie. I, like many of her readers around the world who have never actually met her, think of her as a close friend and look forward to every new post from her and worry terribly when there are a few days of silence. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers! xoxo, Catherine

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  123. Thank you Heather, we are all praying for Ellie. She shines a very bright light.
    mary, Columbus, Ohio

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  124. Love and prayers from a longtime reader. You are an inspiration Ellie! Cara, in Florida

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  125. Tell her Thank you for all the light and laughter she has shared with others!! Praying for her!

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  126. Praying for Ellie in Macon, Georgia this Easter Sunday.
    p.s. I would never have had the courage to get thrown out of palliative care, but that's Ellie for you!

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  127. Tell Ellie she has spread light and laughter to so many! We're praying for her.

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  128. Thank you Heather, sending love to you and the family and your friends. Ellie is a shining light for so many of us, we adore her and love her. I've been thinking of Ellie these last weeks and as I look around my house and admire the items I bought from her shop I think how fortunate that Ellie decorated for me from Paris (antique paisley tablecloth, chinoiserie boxes, chinoiserie sconces, these objects are imbued with special Ellie-ness, great style, unafraid!). I'm trying to send her energy and I hope it's working. Wishing her peace and love XOX

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  129. All these amazing comments say it all. So glad she's got to her happy place in the hotel, will make a big difference, I'm sure to her very soul. Love from Karen in the UK xx

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  130. Big love to Ellie and all of her family.
    From, Ottawa,Ontario,Canada

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  131. Last night I awoke thinking about Ellie in the middle of the night. Prayers to her, her family and friends.

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  132. Holding Ellie and her family and friends in the light (as we Quakers say). 💕💕

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  133. Thank you Heather for updating us all. We love Ellie so much. I know this is so difficult and painful your you, your mom, Gracie and David. She means so much to us, it is hard to fathom what you are all going through. Please let her know that we are slamming the prayers up there to the big man/woman and letting him/her know that we are not happy with the situation. We want her to pull through and enjoy all the things she loves and all the people she loves and needs. There is no one like your Ellie. love to you all. Thank you for keeping us updated. Big hugs.

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  134. Heather, thank you for the update and for being there for Ellie. Ellie, my heart is aching for you and for all who love you. You have inspired so many...touched lives....made us laugh and made us cry. I have no words to thank you enough for just being you and doing your best to walk through life on your own terms. I pray for God's loving hands to hold you tight and give you comfort and strength. You are loved by many. Thank you.

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  135. Thank you, Heather, for keeping us all in the loop. Her humor and joie de vivre has always been an inspiration to us sll. We hope that all the love from her family and blog followers will pull her through this rough patch. You are beyond thoughtful to keep us posted! A Bientot, Barbara

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  136. I look up to the sky and see your stars shining brightly on you....sending you light and love and prayers. You can do it...Bev x

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  137. Heather, thank you for the update on Ellie. Even at this difficult time, she is thinking of her followers..She is a remarkable woman, "one of a kind", who obviously has touched the lives of all of us. I am thinking of her and all her family and friends, surrounding her with such beautiful love. God bless…..

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  138. My words have little power...Easter love and special thoughts to Ellie and all of you that are with her and love her. Stay strong for our girl. 💜

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  139. Dear Lord, thank you for Ellie, for David and Gracie and for Heather. Please let them feel your great love and compassion and let them know how much you love and care for them. There is nothing but you God, nothing but love. I pray for healing for Ellie. On this Easter Sunday I know miracles are possible and I know you answer prayer. Thank Lord for all the blessings you have given us. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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  140. Ellie sending you love and peace from Australia. You have made me laugh ,think and appreciate life. Thank you for your blog p, I have always have and will enjoy it. Dawn xxxxx

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  141. Prayers for you, Ellie, and your family. You inspire me with every post.

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  142. Ellie sending you love and peace from Australia. You humor, insight and joy of life I have found inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Xxxx Dawn

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  143. Thank you, Heather. Am holding dear Ellie and all of you close to my heart and in my prayers and also sending a gentle, gentle hug to her. APT

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  144. Love from San Diego, California. Susan

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  145. Light, love and energy winging their way to Ellie and all your family in Paris from San Francisco.

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  146. Ellie's greatest gift is how to truly live. She is an inspiration. Sending love and healing thoughts.

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  147. Thank you Ellie for giving me strength and a realization to be grateful for what I have. You are inspirational! Love Linda

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  148. Being in her favorite hotel, surrounded by those who love her - that's wonderful. I pray that she is not in pain, I pray that she feels the love we all have for her. I think all of us want to know we've made a difference to at least one person in our lifetime - I sure hope Ellie knows that she has done that on multiple levels and...I pray that she's not done doing that.

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  149. Thank you for the update Heather. Ellie's generous sharing of her wit, passions, & humanity in her blog was a lifeline to me during some lonely & dark times in my life. Your sister is amazeballs. :) she is in my thoughts & I'm sending her my love.

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  150. Sending love and prayers from Minnesota. I am glad you are with all the people you love Ellie. Bon Courage.
    I love your writing and want to your " voice" again soon.
    Love,
    Tamrah

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  151. Thank you for posting. Hugs and love.

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  152. Sending good thoughts to you Ellie, You've had such a huge impact on people. I think that is truly a lasting legacy.

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  153. Thank you for the update. Ellie has been on my mind and thoughts. I will keep sending positive thoughts to her and her family. She is getting love from all corners of the earth...this one is from the west coast of Canada. Linda

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  154. Hello Ellie,

    Thinking of you and sending you peace. You have given me so much and I can't find words to express my appreciation and intense desire for you to improve. I send hugs to all of you. You are a force of nature and your strength amazes me. Take care and know that you are loved.

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  155. Words fail me right now but Ellie know that there are so many of us with you in spirit. You are a huge inspiration for so many. And thank you, Heather.

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  156. Ellie, sending prayers and hope on this Easter Sunday from North Carolina to you!! Wishing strength and courage to your family and friends, both near and far, to help you weather through this storm.

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  157. Heather, thank you so very much for the update. Please tell Ellie that my love and prayers are with her.
    With much love, Louise

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  158. Oh, my favorite Ellie. How dear you have become to me. I wish I could wrap my arms around you, hold you, cuddle you and make you feel 1,000 times stronger. Thank you for all your wonderful wisdom and wit you have imparted to me. Because of your posts I've learned I can stand up to my sister-in-law now - and because of you - I know just how to say it!! Know you are loved and your family is loved by all the "friends" you have made through your blog. Rest well Dear Friend.
    Becky in Texas

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  159. Praying a rosary for Ellie, David and Grace.

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  160. Ellie, you are in my prayers this Easter. Thank you for every word you wrote on this blog, you made me laugh and cry. God bless

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  161. Christ's peace, love, and sure knowledge of Eternal Life are with you all today and always. We pray for your strength and acceptance of the fragility of life. Thank you for your care and love in her name. Christ is Risen!

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  162. Thank you for updating us. I've never met Ellie, but she's taught me a lot through this fabulous blog of hers. Both my mum and I love reading it. Thank you Ellie for giving us such a wonderful gift. Thinking about you at this time and hoping so much that things improve. So glad to hear that you're surrounded by love and laughter. xx

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  163. I have not been able to stop thinking about Ellie! I wish her comfort and peace, I feel as though we were friends with out ever meeting.
    Thank you for keeping us updated,
    Loretta

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  164. Sending love and healing prayers Ellie. I am going to All Saints church today, right by your old house and will be praying for you through out the entire Easter Service. We are all pulling for you. Thank you for being in our lives.

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  165. Thank you for your update Heather....sending hugs to Ellie from Victoria.
    She visited here with her great friends Yolanda and David...
    I have read Ellie's blog for quite some time and have been most impressed by her strong personality and her perspective on life. She has given us all a great gift by allowing us into her world. Whatever happens i hope she knows how much she is loved.
    XO

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  166. We are thinking of all of you!

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  167. Good to hear you are surrounded by love and loved ones on this very difficult journey. Besos

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  168. Thoughts and prayers for Ellie and her family on Easter. Love from a Chicago reader of the blog who, like everyone here, feels that she has come to have a wonderful friend, confidante, sister in our beloved Ellie.

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  169. Dear Ellie.sending you love and prayers always... You are in my thoughts so much..
    Xoxo
    Karena

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  170. My thoughts are with you and your family!

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  171. Ellie, been waiting for the post that says you are back, back to the time before you entered that 'Center'. Please don't let this setback take away your determination to carry on and do the work that has allowed your body to do as well as it has done in the last few years. We are so rooting for you in every way and if we could all combined jump in and take away just a little of your pain, we would. Yes, we would.

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  172. Thank you for checking in, Heather. So much love to you all.

    Lilah

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  173. Thank you, Heather, for keeping us connected. Sending all of my love and prayers, Ellie. Today is Easter-the Resurrection and miracles. Sending miracles and love. Your inspiration keeps me focused on my path towards healing. Your voice always rings true. xoxoxoxoxoxo Mary

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  174. Thank you for the update Heather. Sending Ellie well wishes and a better week ahead.

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  175. Dear Ellie,
    I first discovered your blog when Heather (from that design blog) mentioned she had stayed with you while looking for her summer apartment. Wow, was I thrilled to find you. You have enriched my inbox and life, except for when you didn't pick my Christmas tree as the winner; I suspect someone bought you off with flowers and chocolates! I then backtracked and read all your entries. I learned so much and will be forever grateful for your knowledge and hilarious opinions. I especially liked how a zebra rug should be positioned since it was dead on right.
    In post after post we followed you around Paris, then alas, you got your wish and we followed you to 'too peaceful' Provence. And now, we are in new territory...I don't know where we go from here but I do know that we will be with you.
    Sending the blessings of all the Easter angels to ease this time and lift you up.
    With love and thanks,
    Candace in LA who will live in Paris one day

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  176. Praying for all of you.
    Sending lots of love to all of you.
    Leso in Sweden

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  177. Have you read these comments? Ellie's circle of friends is global. What an amazing person she is to have gathered all of us into her web. Peace and blessings from MS, Ellie.

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  178. Sending much love, Ellie, from one your best friends that you've never met. Brenda

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  179. My prayers will continue to fly to Ellie. Sending Love and Hugs...

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  180. Please let Ellie know that she has made such a difference in my life.Praying for peace and health. L

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  181. Oh Heather....sending your family and Ellie big hugs...E please hold on so we can have our lunch on the terrace of Hotel Crillon Le Brave and laugh about things ridiculous. Like people who don't know how to properly place an animal skin rug on the floor. Or Kardashian decorating. In the meantime, lots of love, from Kiawah Cindy

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  182. Lots of love from Finland. What a fighter, an inspiration to all. I wish for more strength and better days!

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  183. To a true but classy badass. Give 'em hell, Ellie.

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  184. Ellie, my thoughts are with you. merle

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  185. Heather, thank you so much for posting. Dear Ellie, sending you and your family love, light, and prayers. <3 <3 <3 Marilyn in Lacey

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  186. I keep Ellie in my prayers. Thank you Heather for the up-date. I've only been following Ellie for a short time and enjoy her blog very much.
    Such a brave girl in my eyes

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  187. Thinking of you and yours this Easter Sunday, all the way across the pond in Virginia Beach, Va.....(aka the redneck riviera)...and hoping that at this moment you are experiencing love and peace.
    k

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  188. Thinking of you and hoping for recovery of your strength soon

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  189. Ellie,
    I love you so you have to get better. Heather, please give us more updates and thank you for this one.
    I was just going to write to you Ellie, and now I will do it here.

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