VETERAN IN TEARS AS HE READS 70-YEAR-OLD LETTER HE WROTE TO HIS FUTURE WIFE!







Whether it’s chance or fate, this World War II veteran has just had the surprise of a lifetime thanks to a coincidental find at a thrift shop. Ilene Ortiz was doing some thrift shopping one day when she stumbled across a letter that was tucked inside an old record. After reading the emotional letter, Ilene knew she had to do what she could to find the man who wrote it.

When the letter reached its author, the man immediately broke down in tears. That man was Bill Moore, 90, who served in the war with Patton’s Third Army in Europe. He originally wrote the letter to his eventual wife, Bernadean Gibson, 70 years ago. While Bill read the old letter he couldn’t help but laugh through the tears.

The letter read: “My darling, lovable, alluring, Bernadean, I ran out of space, but I could have written a lot more adjectives describing you. You are so lovely, darling, that I often wonder how it is possible that you are mine. I’m really the luckiest guy in the world, you know. And you are the reason, Bernadean. Even your name sounds lovely to me.”The letter had been written in 1945. Little did anyone know, the two would spend the next 63 years married and raising children together.

Bill commented on the letter saying, “When you’re apart for the reason, not knowing if and when you’d ever see that person again, every chance you got to communicate was just wonderful.”

An incredibly heartwarming reminder was also a little bittersweet for the gentlemen. It served as a reminder of their love but also as a more somber reminder of his wife’s fairly recent passing in 2010.

“It’s difficult talking out loud about it to other people,” he said. “But I loved her, and she loved me. That’s all I can tell you. It’s a heartache not being with her all the time,” Bill explained.

Ortiz found the letter in a record cover after a purchase at her local thrift store. She contacted the local news hoping they would help in her search for the family connected to the letter. She then was lead to Melinda Gale, 48, one Bernadean and Bill’s daughters. When she read the note addressed to her deceased mother, she couldn’t hold back the tears.She claims the flowery language her father used is far from anything she would have expected from him. She said, “My hands were shaking when I finished reading it.”

“It truly was a window into how deep their love was. And obviously, they were married for almost 63 years. We knew they loved each other very, very much, but as children, you don’t see that. Where it came from, that deep connection, and this was a window into their story. He was a mechanical engineer. I cannot believe he shared these deep emotional words with her,” Melinda stated.

Melinda and her sister Gale had always had a fascination with the service their father gave during the war. They even planned a special trip to see the places he’d been.

“Mom had never gotten to see everywhere he had been. We did this amazing trip so I can picture exactly where he was on December 29, 1944, sitting in this miserable, cold, dark forest in the northern region where France, Germany, and Belgium all meet.”

Trying to explain the placement of the letter, Gale believes her mother put it there for safekeeping since it meant so much to her. The woman who found the letter can’t remember which record it was in but Gale has a pretty good idea which one it may have been.She explains that her mother’s song dedicated to her father was “I’ll be Seeing You” from the Broadway musical, Right This Way.

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Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.

According to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control, 2,400 – 2,800 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year. People who have worked with or been exposed to asbestos have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma. After being exposed to asbestos, mesothelioma symptoms can take 20 – 50 years to appear.

The life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is poor, as there is no cure for the disease. The stage of the disease, cell type, and location of the tumor(s) are the most important factors for a patient’s survival. Factors such as the patient’s overall health, age, and whether the cancer has spread also impact prognosis.

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, there are a number of vital decisions that must be made. The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to providing patients with the best resources available on current treatment, stories of survival and hope, and financial assistance.
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is most commonly classified by the location in the body where it develops. Specifically, the cancer forms in the lining of certain organs or spaces within the body, known as the mesothelium. Mesothelioma typically develops in one of three specific areas.
Diagnosing Mesothelioma Symptoms
Mesothelioma symptoms can take 20 – 50 years to appear after the first exposure to asbestos. The signs of mesothelioma often look like those of other diseases, which can lead to misdiagnosis. When someone exhibits mesothelioma symptoms, doctors perform a variety of tests to rule out other diseases. It normally takes weeks or months for doctors to arrive at an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis.
Upon diagnosis, the doctor will categorize the disease into one of four stages. While there are several staging systems, the TNM System — which stands for tumor, lymph nodes, and metastasis — is the most commonly used.
Mesothelioma Cancer
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.

According to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control, 2,400 – 2,800 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year. People who have worked with or been exposed to asbestos have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma. After being exposed to asbestos, mesothelioma symptoms can take 20 – 50 years to appear.

The life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is poor, as there is no cure for the disease. The stage of the disease, cell type, and location of the tumor(s) are the most important factors for a patient’s survival. Factors such as the patient’s overall health, age, and whether the cancer has spread also impact prognosis.

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, there are a number of vital decisions that must be made. The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to providing patients with the best resources available on current treatment, stories of survival and hope, and financial assistance.

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How a disease will progress. A prognosis can be good or bad, and may include a life expectancy estimate.
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How long a patient can expect to survive. This may change with treatment and other developments.
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Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is most commonly classified by the location in the body where it develops. Specifically, the cancer forms in the lining of certain organs or spaces within the body, known as the mesothelium. Mesothelioma typically develops in one of three specific areas.

Pleural Mesothelioma
LUNGS
The most common type, pleural mesothelioma is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers.

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Peritoneal Mesothelioma
ABDOMEN
Inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers can become trapped in the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum).

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Pericardial Mesothelioma
HEART
In rare cases, asbestos fibers can get lodged in the pericardium, the lining around the heart cavity.

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Diagnosing Mesothelioma Symptoms
Mesothelioma symptoms can take 20 – 50 years to appear after the first exposure to asbestos. The signs of mesothelioma often look like those of other diseases, which can lead to misdiagnosis. When someone exhibits mesothelioma symptoms, doctors perform a variety of tests to rule out other diseases. It normally takes weeks or months for doctors to arrive at an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Trouble breathing or chest pain.
Effusion (fluid buildup) in the lungs or abdomen.
Anemia (especially in women).
Nausea / vomiting.
Loss of weight.
Upon diagnosis, the doctor will categorize the disease into one of four stages. While there are several staging systems, the TNM System — which stands for tumor, lymph nodes, and metastasis — is the most commonly used.

Four Stages of Mesothelioma
STAGE
1
The mesothelioma tumor is located in only one area and has not spread to other parts of the body.

STAGE
2
A large tumor may have progressed to nearby areas and/or the lymph nodes, but has not gone on any further.

STAGE
3
Tumors have typically spread beyond the local area to several nearby locations and the lymph nodes.

STAGE
4
The tumors have spread into multiple areas and throughout the lymphatic system, invading other organs throughout the body.

Typically, Stage 1 and Stage 2 mesothelioma can be treated effectively with surgery and other forms of therapy. However, Stage 3 and Stage 4 mesothelioma are often treated palliatively.

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Treating Mesothelioma
Treatment for mesothelioma is similar to other types of cancer. The most common treatments are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Newer treatments are being studied as part of clinical trials and may be available for some patients who do not respond to conventional therapies.

In some cases, treatment can improve a patient’s prognosis, extending his/her life significantly. Treatment can also be used palliatively to reduce pain and discomfort caused by the symptoms of mesothelioma.

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