21 July 2016

Services: Updated

Services for Michelle Du Bois will be held at 10:00am on Monday, July 25, at the Meridian South Stake Center located at 6575 S. Eagle Road (south of Lake Hazel). The family will receive friends for a viewing Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00pm at the Meridian 5th Ward located at 2555 Stoddard Road.  Family and all interested parties will be leaving shortly following Monday’s funeral services to travel to Utah where interment will take place at the Willard Cemetery at approximately 5:00pm.  Funeral services are under the direction of Summers Funeral Home. Condolences and shared memories may be sent to the family online at http://www.summersfuneral.com/.   

20 July 2016

July 20, 2016

Michelle drew her last breath surrounded by family and friends.  She passed away July 19, 2016, less than an hour before her official 50th birthday.

We have truly felt light and love from so many of you throughout this experience.  Thank you so much for your service, your love, your prayers and your faith.

We will post details of the service when they become available.

17 July 2016


Michelle continues to decline physically and mentally.   She is getting increased medication to try to help with the pain.  At this time, we are praying for her to be comfortable and be able to rest more easily.

Because of Michelle's rapidly changing circumstances, we have decided that it's no longer in Michelle's best interest to have her 50th birthday party.

We realize many of you would love to be here on her birthday!  We also know that she knows and feels of your love and will feel that on her special day.  Thank you for your faith and prayers throughout this journey and at this time especially.

13 July 2016

Scan Results

Michelle's scan from last week wasn't what we were hoping for.  She has increased tumor growth throughout her body.  At this time, the doctor has recommended the discontinuation of the treatments since the evidence shows they aren't working.

Michelle is enjoying time with lots of family right now.  We have seen a marked deterioration in the past week.  Not sure what to attribute it to--medicine, the progression of the disease, or both.  We will be starting hospice care soon.

Thank you so much for the fasting and prayers, thoughts, and support.  Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes!  Your faith and love are so much appreciated!

With the current circumstances, we would just ask for a quick text before stopping by.  It will help us to make sure that it's an okay time for Michelle.  At this point, conversations with Michelle are quite challenging; her responsiveness is limited and varies.
Hello Friends and Family of Michelle,

We have a last minute request here.  We're creating a "Celebration of 50 Years" memory book for fabulous Michelle.  Therefore, ASAP we're hoping all of you (her friends, students, family, coworkers, school friends, church friends...) can send her a message, poems, pictures, good memories with Michelle, your love for her, whatever you want to have represent your friendship and consideration for her,  so we may add it to our book compilation to give to her on her 50th birthday JULY 20th, 2016.  It doesn't need to be lengthy if time doesn't permit.  Even a funny joke or thought.  

*Send entries no later then July 18th if you want to be added to the book before she receives it (late entries will happily be added after the bday as well)

*Please make sure to add your first and last name and how you know Michelle so that we can organize the book properly--and so she'll know who the kind messages/thoughts are from.

Okay--get to work!  Oh--and send your contribution to melindamd@gmail.com (Michelle's sister).

Thank you in advance!

06 July 2016

Quick Summer Update

Not much new to report, but I thought I would update.   Since I wrote last, I enjoyed a fun visit from the Dibb family.  We celebrated Baby B's first birthday--pinata, water fight and all!   Not much has changed for me physically; I am still struggling with a lot of pain, weakness, and lack of appetite.  But I have a great view out a new glass door of the flowers and grass and blue sky.  I am grateful for beautiful things.  I have also been enjoying the Olympic trials, artichoke hearts, and apple juice.

I have my CT scan this coming Friday, and a follow-up consultation Tuesday.  I am looking forward to getting some more information.

Please continue to pray for the guidance I will need to make decisions about my treatments this next week.  Thank you for your faith, love, and prayers.  They help me every day.

Some dear friends in Alpine, Utah organized a concert on my behalf last Friday...I put on my fancy concert attire to give everyone a smile when I Skyped in.