Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I know you have the spirit to fight this, the will to survive, and the heart to show everyone how it's done. You can't give up, I won't let you. Let's get healthy together. I love you more than you could ever know. The battle starts now. A quest for a new way of life, better than we ever imagined. Together, we will show the world our united strength.


ps. please include your own "ps" comment---this letter is for my grandpa bob, you can write the ps to him, or your own grandparent/friend/relative you are pulling for. Oh, and write where u r from if u can. Thank you.


  1. You are very lucky to have a granddaughter like Erica--her love for you radiates from this post and I know that with her help, you will get better and live a healthy life. Remember--it's never too late, even it is seems like it's impossible. Every day is a gift and a chance to start over again.

  2. Being filled with peace and hope, well, that's really hard sometimes. We can't do it all alone, that's the thing. So I hope you sink your heart into Erica's words and do this with her. That's what we're made to do-to love and lean on each other, to be honest, and then to wait for the light that always comes.

    Heather (Minnesota)

  3. p.s. Stay positive, keep laughing, accept help (no matter how big or small), and remember that those who love you only push you because they love you so much :-)


  4. "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow." Orison Swett Marden

    Sending you my warmest regards and that you have so many thinking of you on the road to recovery. Take good care of yourself.

    Michael (Los Angeles, California)

  5. (Not meant specifically for your grandpa but I feel moved to share it.)

    P.S. Salvation is a gift but that gift is meant to be used and shared, not left on a shelf to rust.

    Jen, Inver Grove Heights, MN

  6. Maikel van de MortelJune 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    A smile, a bright blue sky, the singing of a bird, the smell of a flower, these simple gifts will always make life worth while.

    Big hug,
    Maikel, Minneapolis, MN

  7. Bob,

    You must be a strong-willed, positive person if Erica is any indication. Stay stay positive, and gain strength through this collective group hug. You are in all of our thoughts, and your health is in all of our prayers.

    Minneapolis, MN

  8. Hello! It's nice to meet you. I'm sorry to hear you are in the hospital. I know what it's like to feel lonely, but with an amazing granddaughter like Erica, you don't have to! I'm giving you a shout out of Peace, Love, and Soul from Lehi, Utah. When I feel lonely out here I wave to all the horses and cows I see. it sounds crazy, but it works! Feel free to follow me on twitter and DM me. I have some writing I would like to share with you.

  9. No wise quote to offer, but just joining in the collective group hug to ya - from Manhattan Beach, California here. If Erica gets any of her spunk from you, then I'm sure there's some in there that we can help you channel to pull through this. Lots more of us than you know are with ya!

  10. Sending positive thoughts from Suffolk UK :-)

  11. Hello Bob,

    The road ahead isn't an easy one, but you must always remember that you aren't walking it alone. I'm confident that with Erica and your family by your side you can overcome any obstacles on the way to your destination: a new, a healthier, a BETTER way of life. Together with your loving family.

    All the best on your road to recovery,

    Christian (Duisburg, Germany)

  12. Sir just know there are total strangers around the world that are pulling for you. I'm guessing that after two generations the apple didn't fall far from the tree and you are an amazing person. We need more of your type to stick around and help make the world a better place!

  13. Hey Bob,

    You don't know me, I'm a complete stranger to you.

    But I know when I've been down, one small, simple thing that a stranger has done has always improved my spirits. A smile. A Thank you.

    Just wanted you to know that I think you're awesome Bob.

    Let's get a beer sometime. I want to hear some stories.

    Take it easy man!

    Jon - Vancouver, Canada

  14. Bob,
    I've only had the distinct pleasure of knowing Erica for a year, but I need to tell you: her outlook, contagious smile and personality has CHANGED my life. Erica has an incredible power of connecting people- and we are all better for it. Hang in there- you have a plethora of people behind you.

    Kate-Madonna Hindes

  15. Dear Erica's Grandpa

    Erica is in my twitter network. She is always positive and has a great sense of self and great insights. Not only is this a great reflection on you....your are a great reflection on her. Your teachings and love for her has made her strong and wise. And we all want to help her give back and lend you our collective strength. Just like Erica isn't alone and has this great posse that has her back. We are all now your posse and we all have your back. Tomorrow the sun will shine and tomorrow the love for you will rise with the sun...every morning...every day.

  16. Hello Erica's Grandpa! :)

    If the above is any indication, your lovely granddaughter has many friends that care a great deal about her. Our feelings are extended to you and every member of Erica's family. I, too, am joining in the "group hug" and hope our good intentions make you feel better. Get well soon, Sir!

    -Sarah J.M.L. (St. Cloud, MN)

  17. P.S. Give every moment of life all you have and know that your guardian angel and confidants are praying for the best. Turn every smile into the medicine you and your family needs and love will show you the way.

    Rachel Ryan
    Minneapolis, MN

  18. Get better soon, <3


    Johannesburg, South Africa.

  19. PS
    Sometimes we are just tired and that's understandable but since we are all connected then it stands to reason that when one of the family is tired the others gather the strength, hope, love and happiness to counterattack all the hopelessness, painful, sad and tired feelings you may be having. Lean on them and take their advice. Even the young one's with not anywhere near the life experience you have ALSO can teach us a lesson or two this late in our lives. Isn't learning those lessons at this exact time make those lessons oh so much more important and powerful? You have the power to heal it all. When I was 15 years old I healed myself of stomach cancer. No treatments. I just decided now was not the time to leave those I loved and so I set that scenario aside and looked at how I could be the very best version of myself. I survived because I had life yet left to live. So many believe you do also.
    So make the decision and just do..... and just be...... well. Only take good news from doctors. Surround yourself with love, hope and optimism.
    Those three things always pay off. Always, every time.

    M. Sage
    (Pasadena CA & New York City)

  20. our lives sparkle across time long after we're gone.


  21. ps: to myself,
    you are stronger than this.
    you are greater than the person that you've been lately. you are stronger than the girl who breaks down watching grey's anatomy, and pretends she doesn't know what's wrong.
    you are stronger than the selfish person you have been.
    you are a strong, beautiful, independent person, and you can be great. you are great. so be yourself. love yourself.
    you are stronger than this.

  22. ps: to my grandfather,
    you left so soon, and i didn't have time to say goodbye.
    they say you left peacefully, that it was just one deep breath in, and you were gone.
    but i want you to know that i still love you, just as much as when you were alive, that i will always care for you. you are, and will always be a great part of my life. i wish you well.

  23. p.s. Grandpa Bob

    It can be daunting to face major health problems. I can tell you from working as a nurse that half the battle is having good people around to support you. Erica is good people ... she'll help you be positive and look towards the future.

    Rest when you can, fight when you need to, but don't give up. It sounds like there are a lot of people out there who want and need you to get better!

    All the best,
    (Tasmania, Australia)

  24. P.S. Hi Bob. We don't know each other, but, I guess having a granddaughter like Erica makes you alright in my book. Just know that there is a normal guy with a wife and two kids sitting in Brainerd, MN thinking about you.

  25. May the peace, hope, and love that surrounds you in these people work its way all the way into your bones, and give you the strength to walk with grace all the days of your life.

  26. ps.

    Good morning/afternoon/evening, Bob! :^)

    I hope this post finds you feeling better. I was raised in Kansas by my loving grandparents, and I truly appreciate Erica's thoughtful gesture to send warm wishes your way. It is obvious that you mean the world to her.

    No one should have to be alone when they're not feeling well, and if I could, I would be glad to come sit with you and tell you some wonderful stories.

    If you get bored or lonely, please remember that there are people thinking good and happy thoughts for you. Wishing you peace.

    Big hug!!!

    Brigette (http://twitter.com/brigettebrugada)
    Scottsdale, Arizona

  27. p.s. Grandpa Bob

    "A bright and cheerful get-well wish
    especially meant to say,
    That many warm and friendly thoughts
    are with you every day."

    Mexico City

  28. hi bob, never had a granpa,
    so if you dont mind ill think of you as mine.
    This is rob from hot FL. wishing you all the best. I COMMAND YOU TO BE WELL IN THE NAME OF THE INTERNETS!
    now get well soon yall



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