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   Posted 4/19/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I know many of you have already been praying this week for the victims and families of the massacre that took place near us Monday.  Our governor has declared tomorrow a day of mourning in our state, and I think many of you would want to join us as we pray for those who have lost so many precious lives this week as well as those who must heal from their wounds.  These were not just Virginians -- they were from many states and, beyond that, they were someone's loved ones.
We watched as the full extent of this horror unfolded Monday in disbelief.  Thankfully, none of our former students were among the victims; but that didn't stop us from caring for those who went to class never suspecting what the day would hold for them. 
I've been praying for the parents of the individual who committed this evil deed.  I cannot begin to imagine having to live with the knowledge that my child had done that.
With cancer, we become more aware of our mortality.  This is just another example of our not being promised tomorrow. No one could have suspected this would have happened!  Please pray for healing.
Thank you.

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   Posted 4/20/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the notice.  I'm thinking and praying about it today.  I ask myself as a psychologist what could have been done for him that wasn't done, of course.  It's scary to know that someone weaved in and out of the radar like that.  The concept of "Iminent danger" has been a bane for our field quite a few times.  I wish we had a crystal ball.
Thinking of all of them.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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   Posted 4/20/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Becky...I think this is one of those times when there is just nothing adequate to say. As a parent of a two on college campuses, I can't imagine the horror of the whole situation. It is certainly a reminder of how precious and how precarious the threads that bind us to this world are. It is just so sad that this young man didn't get the help he so obviously needed. We all have our demons, I know, but think how awful this boy's must have been, to take so many innocent lives along with that of his demons'. Help for mental illness is not easy to get, even when actively sought. In our community, mental health levies fail miserably at every election. Mental health services close their doors because insurance companies make it so difficult to get admittance approval, and the professionals aren't supposed to turn away clients in need because of insurance denial. They can only "eat" so many costs before they have to close shop. Insurance companies hide behind privacy policies and refuse to talk to family members...can you imagine, being mentally ill and having to deal with an insurance company??? It would be laughable, were it not so shameful.

I guess, if my ramblings are going anywhere, it is to say that we need to reform mental health services provision in this country. Support your mental health levies. And never assume that, just because your family is mentally sound, that mental illness will never touch your life. It touched so many in Virginia, across the US, and around the world this week.

I'm listening to reports of a gunman barricaded in Building 44 of the NASA campus as I write. More lives touched who never suspected.

Love and hugs to my breast friends, who all know how dear life is.

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