Our Dominique is an amazing woman. There are so many people in the world that give her the title of "best friend". She is a mom, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and the shoulder to cry on for hundreds of adoring friends. Dom is a doer. When we need her, she is there. Now she needs us.
Dom was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma - an aggressive brain tumor. Surgeons were able to remove much of it, but recovery will be long, scary, and hard. She will need the loving support of friends and family to get through this. She would not ask for herself.
Her medical bills are unknown at this point, but they will be enormous. She needs to focus on healing and fighting, and not on finance. We can help.
Well, that was fast!
Dom's bench is funded! Already!
You guys... seriously.
Will let you know when it goes in.
Hope this message finds you well. As some of you may know, there is a fundraising effort underway to install a VERY cool bench at Cook Park in Tigard in Dom's honor. She loved the park and the river, and many lazy afternoons were spent lounging on blankets while her kids (and her friends' kids) played on the playground, or Geocaching in the brambles, or trying not to step on goose poop along the water.
When she and the kids moved to their little house, Cook Park was another symbol of their freedom and their emphasis on making time to play and be together outside.
Many of us have been searching for a PLACE to be with her... to talk to her, or just sit in her presence. I know I, personally, have a super long list of things to tell her. This bench can be that place.
If you are interested in helping out, please do! But, not here.... (is that wrong?). The efforts are being led by Dom's beloved friend Maricar Fernandez.... You can message me for her contact info, or message her through Facebook to find out the best way to donate.
Much love to all of you...
It's Dom's day. Please remember that the service is at Tualatin High, and not Tigard High. It's so easy in grief to get scatter brained.
Also, be kind to one another. We all grieve differently and we all had a unique relationship with our beloved Dom. It is at times like this that we can get trapped into feeling like we know best what she would want or that our grief is heavier than that carried by someone else. This is hard, and deeply personal. Dom is important to all of us in truly individual ways. There is no wrong way to feel and there is no wrong way to support her family. There is no wrong way to take care of ourselves and one another. Be kind. Don't judge. Take Benadryl before you drink or stick to Shirley Temples. Dom taught us that.
Love to you all and see you this afternoon.
Think, O God, of our friend, Dominique Dobson, who is ill, whom we now commend to Your compassionate regard. Comfort her upon her sickbed, and ease her suffering. We beg for deliverance, and submit that no healing is too hard for the Lord, if it be His will. We therefore pray that You bless our friend Dominique with Your loving care, renew her strength, and heal what ails her in Your loving name. Thank You, Lord.
Thank you, Leslie, for all the posts. This poem by Henry Scott Holland helped me when a dear friend died from liver cancer this last July... Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well.
"Life gives us only brief moments with another... but sometimes in those brief moment we get memories that last a life time." Indeed, for those we love will live forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace, my friend, Dominique. You are so dearly loved and sadly missed.
Leslie, Your posts have been such a beautiful tribute to Domi. They have allowed those of who who were following her journey, but did not want to bother those closest to her for updates, to stay connected daily. My heart goes out to you as I know you are missing her so terribly. She was truly blessed to call you, and so many others, friend. Stay well.
Hey Dom... Don't forget to wear your undies inside out!!!
I have never met Dom, but I feel as if I have known her forever from all the wonderful stories I have been privy to from friends and family. Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am by this entire situation, but above all Dom is loved by many and as a mother myself, my love, thoughts and prayers are being sent to you all during this incredibly difficult time. May God bless you all!!
Thank you Leslie for sharing these moments when we are so far away and unable to be there to see our friend in person. Sending you peace and comfort along with Dom and her family.
I have known your Dad it seems forever he always talks about his great family. We are going to be praying for you and of course your entire family.
Dom, I think of you daily. You have been through so much, and while you still have such a journey ahead of you, it is so reassuring to hear these updates, and know that you are still you. SO much love and prayers to you. I hope you feel enveloped in all of the love from your friends, and that helps to carry you through.
Dom...just wanting you to know I am thinking of you today! You are such a warrior and woman of strength. I admire your constant fight to gain back your physical strength! I love you and continue to lift you up!
Hi Dominique, We're keeping up with your progress every day, thanks to your terrific blog writer (Solutions could use her!) Elaine is doing her best to be sassy, but you're a hard act to follow. You are in our thoughts every day and we miss our "Good morning, sunshines." We all look forward to the day when we can have a few minutes with you. Stay strong. Louise
My long time friend, praying for you everyday. May the healing process be swift and the doctors full of wisdom. Praying for this storm to calm.
Happy Birthday Dom, from Izzy's Lao Lao which is Chinese for mother's mother . . , Iz's grandmother.
Dom we love you!!! I am so thankful for your family and friends that keep those of us that can't be there updated! Having been through my own personal journey with cancer this past year...I can only begin to imagine yours! You are strong, you are a warrior like no other and both your strength, your positive outlook and the love from all of us will carry you through this tough first steps! You are an inspiration to us all! And please remember we all want to help! So allow us to do so! Love to you my friend!
Leslie -I just wanted to THANK YOU for posting these daily updates. As soon as I wake up in the morning I anxiously look for your email update and read it right away. I cannot imagine what she's going through and how difficult it will be to heal - physically and emotionally. So at this point, I'm just following the progress and praying a lot. Thanks again.