I'm not quite sure how to let you all know this - I'm posting on behalf of Barbara. Barb has been talking to our member and good friend Tash.
Barb hadn't been able to reach Tash in the hospital since Wed pm (New Zealand time, 16 hrs ahead of us) -- finally was able to reach Tash's Auntie just a few minutes ago.
It seems our friend Tash passed away around 5pm Wed NZ (1am Wed, EST) evening, only a couple of hours after Barbara Lee last talked with her.
She was having chest pain and they thought it was part of her pancreatitis -- and she was very upset and scared because she'd been on prednisone 16 yrs and they thought that was causing the pancreatitis and wanted to take her off the prednisone. She passed with a heart attack -- they will be doing an autopsy.
Services are Wed, 26th 11am NZ (Tues, 25th, 7:30pm EST) for Maree Ward (her real name). The family asked that we think of her then. She is survived by her son Hayden, 13 yrs old, her mother, her aunt -- we don't know who else. The aunt will be writing a letter to Barbara later on with more information.
I am so sorry to have to share this news with everyone.
Godspeed, Tash, we will remember you well.
PS. I don't know if she's posted on other than the Lupus forum - If you know of other forums she's been involved with, please pass this on. Thank-you.
Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 2/21/2008 8:08:51 PM (GMT-7)