Dearly Departed 01/03/2017

There are few things in life that are assured…. there will always be a beginning and always be an ending……

Many of of you have been with me on the road travelled with Heffalump and have read the many blogs written in the past about the trials and tribulations of this bastard of a disease and the trauma it has caused to me and my loved ones…..

As you will be reading this after I have passed and know it was written with the help of my darling husband Tim…. so forgive him if he has made some typing errors while trying to keep up with me and my words.


In the past month I have been from hospital to hospital with the troubles caused by Heffalump and then the little bugger the bleeder. I have worked on my strength and self health over this time finally getting to a position of static health so I can be home with my little Daisy, Chilli and Tim…… this has been my main focus  while recovering as m the months of hospitals and so on have become intolerable, whilst I love the nurses and Dr’s I love my Tim and fur-babies far more.

The Pal-Care team seem to understand this better than one ever expected so as soon as it was possible I grabbed the first day pass made possible and turned it into a week end… so me not wanting to follow the rules as always..


I did however eventually go back to the hospital being welcomed with a chorus of  naughty girl comments from the nurses.

So back in my single room for a few days before I convinced the team another day pass was needed….. after a few chats with the team another was arranged.

Well needless to say I made it a permanent pass by simply saying nope I am staying home! a very easy thing to do in my view as it is my time no one and no one was going to stop me.

Tim his Mum and Dad have been busy after my first day pass making the necessary changes to the house to accommodate like changing out the shower area allowing me chair access for showering (oh how i love the shower at home without time limits because of nurse shifts etc) finishing off the flooring adding little ramps at the door ways and son making it easy for me to move around….  I have been blessed with Tim and his parents making so much happen for me to be comfortable.

I am able to sleep in my own bed do what I want when I want and have all the help possible on hand….. never something I have been comfortable with but none the less when I need it they have come to provide it without hesitation.

Whilst writing this it is difficult to know how and when this disease will rear its ugly head again. I am determined to stave it off for as long as I can, beat it if I can but as I have said already who knows what will happen.

I have left it to Tim to add things in the event I pass sooner than later, it will be hard for him to cope in the beginning but as I have seen many of you have reached out to friend him on his page which gives me some more comfort that he will be ok in time with some of you bumping him along……

Now I guess if this is to be posted after I pass I better give some of my thanks to the many who have written special messages to me over the journey. I never imagined the number of people that would be reading my little blog and the journey it has taken me on over the time.

Your messages of support and encouragement have fed the fire to survive and without them I could have given up so long ago.

So many thanks to my Blog followers and FB  friends for you support

love and big hugs


Jo Skehan xxxx


Jo xxxx

















9 thoughts on “Dearly Departed 01/03/2017

  1. ursula dewar. March 1, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

    Peace will be your whole thing now. God be with you Tim and your parents. Love and prayers from UrsulaD. XXXX

  2. Susanne O'Leary March 1, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply

    I’m so sorry, Tim. She was a wonderful woman loved by so many. She leaves a huge legacy of love, fun and support for her friends. She truly knew the meaning of friendship. I will miss her terribly. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Fran Macilvey March 1, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply

    So sorry to hear. Jo was a fabtastic lady, with great dignity and courage. Bless you all, always. (((♥)))

  4. Jane Risdon March 1, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply

    So sad to say goodbye Jo, we have had some laughs and fun over the time we knew each other and I shall miss our chats and exchanges and your presence on Plants and Nature, and Writers on the Same Page as well as privately. It has been a blast and although I am sad to see you go,, I just know that wherever you are, you are observing life, making comments and posting funny little stories. Love to you and to your family at such a difficult time for them all. But wow, you’ve left some grand memories. I’ll miss you ❤ xx

  5. Gerri Bowen March 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

    I am so sorry, Tim. Jo was a blessing in my life.

  6. Carol Matthews March 2, 2017 at 12:24 am Reply

    It was such a privilege to know Jo and have her as a friend, she is such an inspiration to all of us especially would be writers. The world without Jo doesn’t seem possible but I know she would have kept positive all the way through, I will miss her so much, we all will.
    Sending love to you and the family, hope it is of some comfort to you Tim to know how much we love Jo and what a huge partvofvour lives she was and will continue to be.

  7. Jan Lawson March 2, 2017 at 6:13 am Reply

    ToTim and all yours and Jo’s family – so very very sad to read this last post. But trust Jo to have pre written and arranged to be posted. Determined to the end to do it her way. Jo was a very well respected and liked member of the Credit management team at Western Power (pre Synergy). She brought a positive attitude to all she took on at work and was a good friend to us all. I am so sad to hear of her passing – my heart and prayers are with you Tim and your fur babies, and your families. I have no doubt Jo is now is a better place free of pain. She will forever look down on you, and always remain in the hearts of those close to her. xxxx

  8. Kay Burnett March 2, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

    So sorry to hear this Jo , thank you for writing before you left us all. I hope you are now in a peaceful place. R.I.P

  9. Doreen March 2, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    Dear Tim
    So very very sad to know that Jo has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your fur babies during this difficult time. Jo shared her difficult journey with us all, with courage, determination and dignity. Rest in peace Jo. It has been a privilege to know you and you will forever be remembered with love. God Bless xxx

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