Ivy Sprouts Gather

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

The Ivy Sprouts made the trek to the Community Room of Stonebrook of Hymera, down the hallway from Mark’s Den on Sunday, June 6, 2017.

What a wonderful day it was!

As promised there are lots of pictures to check out: http://marksden.com/memories/thumbnails.php?album=42

(L-R) Anna, Dave, Amelia, Dylan, Kev, Alaina, Hailey – My Ivy Sprouts

Iohn and I took most of the pictures, but a few were taken by Kev’s Mom, Cathie, as well.

Check them out and enjoy!

Today I am beaming from seeing my sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughters.

That’s the way it is this Monday in June.

And how is your first of the week going?

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

2 thoughts on “Ivy Sprouts Gather”

  1. Dear Mark
    What a beautiful happy day! I know you were in your element. I am when I have all mine together.
    Those little girls are precious . I have gone through all the images but will look more carefully this evening. Kudos to Iohn for getting so many and you as well.
    Happy you all shared this time and pray it won’t be as long next time.
    Keeping you in thought and prayer
    Your friend

    1. Yes, it was Janie. Of course my girls are adorable, they take after me. LOL Thanks for the kind words. 😀

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