I always thought I could blog through anything.  But when your father is diagnosed with metastatic cancer and is told that he has days to live, the whole world changes.

The possibilities of what could be, what might have been, what should have been.  All shift.

Suffice it to say, this wasn’t the plan.  We have too much life left to live together.  He has an aisle to walk me down and grandbabies to hold.   He is supposed to try to force me to go back to eating meat at least six million times.  And it’s just. Not. Fair.

I’m not sure when I’ll be back, but rest assured I will be.  He is so proud of this little place on the internet that I’ve created.  And the last thing he would ever want me to do is stop.

Until then….

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250 Responses to Recipe: For Disaster

  1. Oh Joanne, words cannot express how sorry I am. You go spend time with your papa and your family and know that you have so much support behind you. Please, please let me know if you need anything. Thinking and praying for you and your family. xo

  2. Oh my gosh Joanne, I’m so sorry. That is heartbreaking. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers…

  3. bellini says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. So many good memories to hold on to.

  4. london bakes says:

    Oh Joanne, I’m so sorry. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  5. Hannah says:

    Joanne, my heart, there aren’t words enough to respond… But there is still so much left to fight for, there’s still more time. Don’t worry one second about the blog and cherish every moment with your dad. Huge, huge hugs to you and your family.

  6. Danielle says:

    I am so sorry – my heart goes out to you and your family. I know exactly what your going through. I lost my dad 4 years ago to pancreatic cancer. He didnt have time to fight it either. I will be thinking about you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that. Thinking of you & yours!

  8. Sending you so much love and hugs and imaginary comfort of any kind, Joanne! I know the pain you are experiencing, and it is sometimes unbearable. Be kind, and gentle and loving with yourself, and come back when you’re ready. So much love, Hugs

  9. Simply Life says:

    Oh Joanne- I am so so so sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of you, praying for you and your family and hope that you find support during this time.

  10. Christina says:

    I lost my mom to cancer at a young age, and I know what you are going through. You will make it, but it will be tough.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father. Your father is right. Your blog is a joy to read. I’m sending good wishes to you and your family.

  12. MS3 says:

    I am so sorry Joanne, please hang in there.

  13. Oh gosh, Joanne. I am terribly sorry to hear about your father’s health. I’m thinking of you and sending the best possible vibes your family’s way. Your readers will be here when you feel ready to return.

  14. Winnie says:

    Joanne I am so sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you, your dad, and your whole family during this time. xoxo

  15. Oh my goodness, Joanne, I’m so so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Danielle says:

    Your love for your family shows so strongly in your posts. I’ll be thinking about you.

  17. Alejandra says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this Joanne. Sending you love, comfort, and prayers in this time for both you and your dad. Take as much time as you need. We’ll be here when you return.

  18. Amy says:

    No. NO. Nooooooo. Can we rewind? Go back to the funny? Oh Joanne, I am so sorry. (((HUGS))) coming your way. Love you.

  19. I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

  20. Joanne, I am so sorry to hear this news… I am thinking of you and sending prayers your way. May you find comfort in the support and love of your family and friends. We’re all thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

  21. My prays are with you and your family.

  22. Polwig says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Joanne. Cancer sucks but whatever you do DO NOT loose hope. My dad was diagnosed in jan with stage 4 tonsil cancer that has spread to lymph and bones ( which is the exact reason why I stopped blogging) and after his chemo rediation treatment so far he is cancer free. Human spirit and body is much stronger than imagined. It is an emotional ride for the entire family and I am here if u need to talk, cry or bitch.

  23. I don’t normally talk or think about praying, but when I go to services today I will be praying for you and your family. Sending you so much love.

  24. SallyBR says:

    I am speechless. My Dad passed away unexpectedly, in a huge shock that made me literally fall to the floor when I got the phone call from 6 thousand miles away. But, I always felt that it was good for him to leave that way.

    I cannot imagine the pain of knowing what might come ahead for your Dad, your family.

    I send you the warmest possible hug, I absolutely hate to know you are suffering and wish I had a magic wand to make it all be just a bad dream, and give you your happy life back

  25. I’m here if you need ANYTHING.
    Take time off and go be….
    And remember, just because he is told he had days, it does NOT mean it’s true.

  26. Daniel says:

    Joanne, I’m really sorry. My best to you and to your father. And we’ll be here whenever you get back.

    Dan @ Casual Kitchen

  27. Mo 'Betta says:

    My heart is breaking for you. Much love to you and your family. I hate cancer SO, SO much.

  28. Audra says:

    Sending you and your family lots of love and prayers.

  29. Saguna says:

    I am extremely saddened to hear this. My heart breaks and I send the biggest hug over to you. It must be a such a rough time and I can’t imagine the pain that this must be causing you. Lots and lots of love to you and your family.

  30. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  31. ariel says:

    Oh no, Joanne. I’m so sorry. I don’t think I could imagine what you’re going through. My thoughts will go out to you and your family.

  32. Alisa says:

    I’m so, so sorry to hear this Joanne. My heart goes out to you and your entire family.

  33. Joanne, saying I’m sorry feels inadequate, but I very much am. I am wishing peace and comfort to you and your family.

  34. Heather says:

    I don’t usually comment, but when I read this my heart went out to you and your family. I’m so very sorry for your news and my thoughts are with you as you all struggle through this very difficult time.

  35. brocstar says:

    All I can think is, “Oh my god: No.” I am so, so, so sorry to hear this. I cannot even imagine what you are and your family are going through right now. Sending lots of love and hugs.

  36. Marcia says:

    Aw sweetie I’m so sorry. I’ve lost both parents now and it is the hardest thing. Every day I look at my little baby and wish his grandparents could meet him.

    I’ll be thinking of you.

  37. kelsey says:

    Joanne I am so so sorry to hear this-Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love your way.

  38. Anonymous says:

    thoughts and prayers with you and your family. cancer is a bitch.

  39. Tanya says:

    Hi Joanne, I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog every day and sharing your recipes with my coworkers and friends. Your stories have inspired me and motivated me. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers this week.

  40. Ashlee says:

    Joanne, I am so deeply sorry for you and your family. You’re a very strong woman and I hope you are able to make the best of this time with your father. All of my love and prayers to you and your family.

  41. Take care, Joanne. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  42. Mary says:

    Praying for your family, Joanne. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. Cancer sucks.

  43. Good luck. Sending you and your family positive thoughts and love.

  44. Jessen says:

    Oh My…I don’t know what to say. I’m so sorry isn’t enough. Three years ago I received the same heartbreaking news and lost a loved one to cancer so suddenly. My heart goes out to you.

  45. Shawnda says:

    Oh, Joanne. I’m so sorry to hear that. Lots of love and prayers to you and your family.

  46. Oh, Joanne. I am heartbroken for you. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do. Praying for your family and sending so much love your way <3

  47. Joanne,
    I am so so sorry to hear about your dad. It truely isn’t fair. I am praying for him and you and your family. Life is too short. Cancer sucks big time. Lots of prayers and hugs to you.

  48. Kim says:

    Oh Joanne. I am so very sorry to hear this news. Know that I will be thinking of you, and your family, and praying for a miracle. Please hang in there!

  49. so sad and sorry and will say a prayer at services for your dad. you cherish every moment and etch in your heart all he has given you, all the laughter and memories….xo

  50. so sad and sorry and will say a prayer at services for your dad. you cherish every moment and etch in your heart all he has given you, all the laughter and memories….xo

  51. Amna says:

    My thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family. Have lost too many people to cancer myself, so I know what it means. You take care of yourself and your dad. Much love.XoXX

  52. Shannon says:

    oh my gosh joanne, sending major hugs and wishes to you and your family. please let me know if i can do anything <3

  53. Oh I am so sorry to hear this but I so believe that with God all things are possible and pray that your dad will be restored to good health!! I stand on 1st Peter 2:24 for him.

  54. Joanne, from all my heart I am sorry to read those lines… I will pray for your father and for his recovery. courage

  55. Ashley says:

    I’m so sorry to hear your news. Stay strong, girl. Sending love to you and your family. (((hugs)))

  56. MM says:

    Joanne-I don’t know what to say. I’m sorry doesn’t seem to touch it. Will be thinking of you and your family.

  57. Christina says:

    There is nothing fair about it. I hope you are able to spend as much time together as possible, and I hope those moments will be filled with many special moments. If you ever need anything, just let me know.

  58. iscribbler says:

    My heart broke reading this post and I hope that you can draw on just a little of the support we’re all sending your way. You and your family will definitely be in my thoughts.

  59. Samantha says:

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  60. Patty says:

    I am so sorry for you…and sad…

  61. Jenna says:

    Joanne, I can’t believe it. I’m so sorry for you and your family. I am praying for you guys–for strength, consolation, the ability to really treasure these last days and say all the things you want to say.

  62. Oh, my heart is hurting for you, Joanne. I can’t begin to imagine the hurt you are feeling. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! xoxo

  63. Joanne, I don’t know what to say… my heart aches for you. I lost my dad when I was seven and it wasn’t fair. :(
    Remember though, he’s still here and there’s still time to let him know how special and wonderful he is. Breathe my friend… will be thinking of you and your family. xoxo…

  64. Lora says:

    Joanne, I am so sorry. Sending you a huge hug and lots of strength and patience. You are in my thoughts.

  65. Victoria says:

    I love you, sweetie! I am soooo sorry to hear about your dad. He is a sweetheart with an amazing sense of humor! I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayer.

  66. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care… We’ll be here when you’re ready.

  67. Erica says:

    I am soooooo sorry,Joanne!We will be waiting for you…I will be thinking about you and your family.Stay strong,girl!

  68. nancyanolan says:

    Joanne ~ Many blessings to you, your Papa and your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  69. lillie says:

    My heart breaks for your entire family. God bless and may you find the strength and courage to get through the days ahead with the grace, dignity, and courage I know your Father would want for you.

  70. Natalie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Joanne, and my thoughts and prayers go out to your and your family during what must be an incredibly difficult time I can’t even imagine .. Don’t lose hope and don’t worry about your blog one bit, take as much time as you can with your family.

  71. Lynn says:

    I’m so sorry and incredibly sad for you. Hugs and prayers. Lynn

  72. Joanne my heart goes out to you. You and your Dad are in my thoughts and prayers. Your online community will be here for you, in whatever capacity you need us. Use us as you see fit. We won’t mind if you don’t post. Just focus on the here and now. Sending you my warmest, biggest hugs from Havana. Tanja

  73. teresa says:

    joanne, my heart broke right in half when i read this. i am so very sorry to hear the news. we all care about you so much, know that you are in many thoughts and prayers right now. xox

  74. I am so, so sorry. I lost my father in college to lung cancer. I know from experience there are no words I can say to you, a stranger you don’t know who reads your blog. Take as much time as you need. Everyone will expect you to be better before you are. Don’t listen to them, listen to yourself. Surround yourself with friends and family. Sending prayers and thoughts your way.

  75. Christy says:

    Joanne, know that you and your family are in my prayers. Focus on family – the blog world will be here when you return. Much love, Christy (frugalcrunchychristy)

  76. There are no words. I’m so sorry for you, your father, your family and friends.

  77. Anonymous says:

    I can NEVER pretend to know what you’re going through. But i can tell you that I find myself in the same boat heading for the inevitible without having the luxury of not knowing. I don’t know where I’m going but I want my Father to be there. I just really wanted to let you know that you’re in my thoughts.

  78. I am so sorry. My heart is breaking for you, we have gone through this with my Dad. Sending hugs and prayers.

  79. Nicole says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Joanne.

  80. I am so so sorry. Nothing can take this pain away. I will be praying for you and your family.

  81. Erica says:

    So sad to hear this… My prayers are with you and your family.

  82. Reeni Pisano says:

    I’m so sorry honey! This is sad, sad news. Sending you the biggest virtual hug I can muster up – through my tears. Love U.

  83. Emily says:

    I’m so sorry for the difficult times you are going through right now. Best of luck and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  84. Beth says:

    Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. You, your father, and your whole family will be in my prayers. Take care of yourself, and love the people you care for.
    Love, Beth

  85. Arianna says:

    I’ve never read your blog before but I just came across this post and my heart goes out to you. I cannot imagine what it is you are feeling but I do know that I will be praying that God will watch over you and your family. I hope you find comfort in during this devastating time.

    Thoughts and prayers with you,
    Arianna

  86. Meghan says:

    I am so sorry. :( Thinking of you and your family.

  87. Judi says:

    So sorry to hear this! Our thoughts are with you. You are not alone.

  88. bezonline says:

    Please know we’re all here for you and thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad.
    Barbara

  89. Abby says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  90. So sorry about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  91. Eileen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. Love & support to you and your family.

  92. SnoWhite says:

    Joanne… my heart breaks for you. Know that you are in my prayers.

  93. Laura says:

    (((HUGS))) And I am so so SO sorry to hear this. :(

  94. Foodycat says:

    I’m not one to pray, but my thoughts are with your father and your whole family.

  95. Anonymous says:

    So very sorry! Having recently survived the same situation, I can tell you that you will get thru this. One day at a time, one breath at a time.

  96. Sarah W. says:

    Joanne, I am so very sorry. We will all certainly be here when you are able to get back, but until then know that you and your family are in our hearts and thoughts.

  97. Kim says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  98. Katerina says:

    Joanne, the most important thing for you now is to spend as much time as possible with your father! Forget about blogging and us, we will be here waiting to hear from you when you will feel strong enough to be back. I am so sorry that you have to face such a thing at this young an age. Life can be so unfair and cruel soemtimes and we have to live through it with no power to change it! Try to be strong and give him some of your strength I know you have, he will need it! My prayers will be with you and your family!

  99. elly says:

    Oh Joanne, I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. I will be thinking of you and your family, and know that I (and no doubt all of your readers) am here for you should you need anything.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Thoughts and prayers to your family in your time of need.

  101. Geni says:

    Hey sweetie. I am so, so, terribly sorry for you and your family. Your blogging fam is definitely praying for your family and wishing that miracles happen. You come across as an amazingly strong young woman and I know you have the strength for this even if you aren’t sure yet. That being said, I can only imagine the sadness and millions of thoughts that are engulfing you. Please take care of yourself. If you are in need of a little sweet care package, I am happy to ship one out…immediately…just name a request from the blog and I’ll send it next day…swear. Love, Geni

  102. grace says:

    i’m so very saddened to hear this, joanne. i wouldn’t know you if i passed you on the street, but i feel a kinship with you. you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  103. Ruth says:

    Joanne, so sorry to hear about your father. I’m sending lots of hugs and prayers for you and you family

  104. Shana says:

    So sorry to hear about your father! Enjoy your time with him. You’re in our prayers!

  105. Kari says:

    Joanne, I am so very, very sorry. I know words don’t change anything at such a time – but I wanted to say it anyway. I am thinking of you and your family.

  106. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have any answers, but maybe answers isn’t what we really need at a time like this, anyway. Just love and prayers.

  107. My heart goes out to you and your father, I know what a special relationship it is. Take this time to nurture you and your family through this process. We look forward to your return.

  108. jperr says:

    Joanne,I,m so sorry to hear your bad news.You are so blessed to have a great relationship with your Dad.Take comfort that all your folowers will keep your family in our prayers.It is my prayer that you will feel our love.See you when the time is right for you.
    Jocelan

  109. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family

  110. OohLookBel says:

    Dear Joanne, Thinking and praying for you and your family. Take all the time you need.

  111. Melissa says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s diagnosis. Enjoy these days with him, and relish in the good times and memories that you share. Don’t be afraid to lean on your family and friends for emotional support and comfort during this time…it is the one constant that will help you heal. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  112. I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad! Keep your chin up, my prayers are with you and your family!

  113. Guru Uru says:

    My friend, take all the time you need, and is necessary. Spend it with your father, your family and know you have all of us to support you and that you are in our thoughts.

    Hugs
    Uru

  114. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts are with you and your family. Joanne, you probably don’t have a lot of time, so make sure you say what you want to your father and do it today. You may not get a second chance in the coming days. Family is much more important than this blog and those of us who read it. Take as much time as you need.
    Don

  115. Debbie says:

    Joanne, Even though we have never met and I only know you through your blog I feel like you are my friend. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers. One day at a time….

  116. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know you but please know that you and your family are being prayed for.

  117. Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear this. Take lots of care during this time. We are all thinking of you and your family.

  118. Lisa says:

    Joanne, I am so sorry to hear this. I am a faithful reader, and though I generally remain quiet, this post moved me to show my support for you and your family.

  119. Kate Braden says:

    Joanne,
    I wouldn’t wish this on anyone and certainly not someone as great as you. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers daily. You will get through this challenging time, you’re an amazing woman. I am here for you if you need anything at all. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Hang in there kiddo, we are all sending you our love from TNT. big hugs xoxoxo

  120. Rachel says:

    Joanne,
    Reading this post broke my heart. What you and your family must be feeling and experiencing right now is something unimaginable that no one should ever have to go through.
    I’ll be thinking about you and your dad. Hang in there.

  121. Adrienne says:

    Hey Joanne,

    I know I’ve been absent from this blogging world for a while, but if you need someone to talk to…I lost my mom to cancer this year, so in a way I know.
    Don’t miss a single moment.
    Adrienne

  122. Carol says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I am praying for your father, you, and all those left behind. My heart goes out to you.

  123. Oh Joanne I am so sorry! My thoughts are with you and your family xo

  124. Ranjani says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, and can’t imagine what you must be feeling. I’m thinking of you and your family – your dad is absolutely right to be proud of what you’ve created here and you’ll have loads of loyal readers waiting for you whenever you do choose to return

  125. Candace says:

    Joanne, I’m so very sorry. You and your family are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and big hugs, Candace

  126. I’m so sorry. Have no words of wisdom or comfort, but my heart aches after reading this and I hope that you make the most out of every second.

  127. Joanne, I don’t even know what to say or where to begin. My friend, my heart is breaking for you. I don’t know why this is happening and I don’t know how to ease your pain but I know that our Lord is mighty and I pray he will give you comfort, strength and peace. I am so sorry, please please let me know if you need anything at all.

  128. Megan says:

    Joanne, my heart goes out to you. I can’t even imagine what you are going through right now. I wish you all the best possible in this situation and hope you are able to continue making some amazing memories with your father. You are in my thoughts.

  129. Mary Kay says:

    Baby Girl, My heart breaks for you. Take care of yourself too.

  130. Anonymous says:

    while i know that it doesn’t even come close to “covering” it – i’m so sorry for you and your family. i hope you all may find some very small measure of peace in whatever little time you have left together even though it will be entirely too short.

  131. Nicole says:

    Oh wow, I am so, so sorry to hear this.

    Take care,

  132. Hotly Spiced says:

    Hi Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear this devastating news. I sure hope there is something that can be done to grant your father more time with you all. God bless you all during this time xx

  133. Christine says:

    Oh Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear such heart-heavy news. Spend as much time as you can with him. Sending you massive bear hugs. Be especially kind and gentle with yourself. xox Christine

  134. That Girl says:

    J – I’m thinking of you and your family and sending you thoughts of strength to get through everything you need to right now.

  135. Karis Ann says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. I’m praying for a miracle.

  136. Lexi says:

    I am so sorry Joanne. My prayers are with you.

  137. I had no idea, Joanne. I am so, so sorry. Praying for miracles, strength and hope through all of this.

  138. Camilla Mann says:

    Take as much time as you need. Be with your dad. We’ll all still be here, wishing you well across the blogosphere!

  139. Joanne, I am so sorry. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  141. Joanne, I am really really sorry to hear about this.
    Take as much time as you need. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    (((HUG)))
    Angie

  142. Oh my God, Joanne, I’m so terribly terribly sorry. Please do enjoy your last days with him to the fullest and we will be here to listen and comfort as we can when you return. XOXO

  143. I’m very sorry to hear this, Joanne. Take care and my thoughts are with you.

  144. Oh my God, what a nightmare. Wishing you and your family so much peace and healing. I only hope I have enough of your wonderful recipes bookmarked to get me through weeknight dinners until you return.

    Love,
    A secret fan and fellow New Yorker

  145. Johanna GGG says:

    How terrible to read this post. I am sure your shock at the news is far greater than mine. Best wishes to you and your family to spend the time you need with your father and look after each other at this difficult time

  146. Pam says:

    Oh Joanne, I am so sorry. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

  147. Keely Marie says:

    you and your father are in my prayers. Stay strong! Lots of love

  148. Anonymous says:

    Dear Joanne, I have been reading your blog for years now but have never commented before. I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Wishing you all the best.

    Kind regards,
    Blue
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  149. sandra says:

    I am completely shocked and so sorry to hear this news.

  150. Everything that I have in my heart is dedicated to you today.

  151. Kelsey says:

    Oh Joanne, you are so right–this is not fair. This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. I am so sorry for everything you must be going through, none of which I can fully comprehend. I will be praying for your family in the coming weeks and months. I am so, so sorry.

  152. Jenn Kendall says:

    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry Joanne. What a terrible thing to be dealing with. Sending the best possible vibes to you and your family.

  153. daphne says:

    Oh Joanne. This is horrible. I’m so sorry to hear this and wish your father and your family well! Praying for you and your family.
    xx

  154. Rona says:

    There are no perfect words to express how sorry I feel for the pain that you and your family must be feeling. I just hope that you can enjoy whatever time you have left together.

  155. La Liz says:

    Dear Joanne: My heart is in pieces upon reading this shocking news. The tremendous joy you’ve given us (your readers) is a tiny fraction of the joy you’ve given your Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you, dear friend, and your family during this important time. xoxo

  156. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry. Thank you for sharing this with us – I’ll be thinking about you.

  157. Eileen says:

    As everyone else…my prayers are with you. I was in the same place as you last year when my father, too, was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer sucks. My love to you….

  158. marie says:

    Joanne my heart is going out to you and your family right now. I am well versed on health problems unfortunately, may you all find strength in each other.

  159. Elizabeth says:

    My thoughts are with you. I lost my father earlier this year to cancer and it was the hardest thing I’ve had to face. I know there is nothing I can say to make you feel better, but know that you will make it through this.

  160. I’m so sorry to hear this! My thoughts are with you and your family. This is an incredibly difficult thing to go through. I’m so sorry!

  161. Jessie says:

    Oh Joanne, I am so, so sorry. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m always here if you need anything. Anything at all. *hugs* <3 Jessie

  162. Wow, Joanne. I am so, so sorry. I’ll be thinking about you and your family. Spend as much time with him as you can and now that your little community of friends is here for you.

    Sues

  163. Julie says:

    Joanne – You’re in my thoughts! We’re all here for you!! Hugs!

  164. Oh my goodness… I am so sorry. I have no words… Just know that my thoughts are with you and your family right now. I don’t even really know you but my heart is aching for you and your family :(

  165. Oh no. I’m so sorry to hear. Be good to you, take the time you need. Sending peace and love xo

  166. vianney says:

    I am so sorry Joanne. Your family will be in our prayers, sending you well wishes and big hugs!

  167. Joanne, sending love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time!

  168. narf7 says:

    This happened to me earlier this year when my mum died 7 days after visiting us at Christmas. Vital, alive and totally in love with Serendipity Farm she left us happy and content knowing that she would be with us for years to come. Nothing prepares you for the loss of your parent. Mum, like your dad, was so proud of our little blog and read it faithfully every time I posted. I know it feels like you may never blog again but you will. Please take the time to spend with your dad and give him everything that you can right now. Forget about any and everything that isn’t immediate and accept all our love, hugs and care for you. Whenever you want to come back to us, we will be here waiting with open arms.

  169. Hi Joanne, I haven’t visited your blog for months and for some strange reason I felt like visiting today. So so sorry to read about the terrible news. I just hope the diagnosis/prediction is incorrect. Doctors do make mistakes – and I hope this is one of them. My thoughts are with you during these trying times.

  170. Claudie says:

    Hey Joanne… So sorry about this :((

  171. Faith says:

    Oh, Joanne. It’s so hard to put into words what I want to say, I wish I was there to hug you. Please email me if you need anything (really, ANYTHING). Big hugs. xo

  172. Pam says:

    Oh damn. I am absolutely devastated for you and your family Joanne. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your loved ones. Sending you lots of love and hugs sweet girl. I am just so sorry. xoxoxoxox

  173. hi joanne…i am so, so, so sorry. i hope you & your family are able to spend some wonderful time together just being together. praying for you all!!

  174. cindspectus says:

    Joanne, your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  175. Kalyn Denny says:

    Joanne, I am so sad to hear this. Take time for your family now and don’t even think about the blog. You’ll know when you are ready to get back to it again. And sending big hugs and love for all your family.

  176. Ellen Lederman says:

    So sorry to hear this. But we (your fans and loyal readers) will be here for you when you return.

  177. Chris says:

    Oh Joanne, our family has you in our thoughts and prayers. I can’t believe this is happening to your family. Still in the middle of grief, I know that this sucks, enough said. Thinking of you!

  178. I will pray for you…I lost my mother to cancer and 18 years later I still feel the loss. Iwill pray for you.

  179. Tammy says:

    Oh my dearest Joanne…I am so, so sorry. My heart and prayers are with you and your entire family.

    God bless you,
    Tammy

  180. Oh, Joanne, I am so, so sorry to read this. Your father and your entire family are in my prayers. Warm hugs and strength to you, dear girl.

  181. Blond Duck says:

    I’m so sorry. I’m so so sorry.

  182. Pam says:

    I have had you on my mind all day long. Sending you strength and love. Wishing I could take away your pain. Hugs to you sweets! xoxo

  183. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I am so sorry for the hurt that is in your heart at this moment and for the rest of your family. There are no words to describe the hurt that you feel. I lost my dad when I was sixteen years old. I will keep you and your lovely family in my heart and in my prayers. Blessings my dearest friend and hugs. Catherine xoxo

  184. 5k Divas says:

    I really feel for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  185. Meredith Burrus says:

    Hi Joanne, my prayers and thoughts are for you and your family and though I have never commented before, I read your blog every day looking for delicious and healthy recipes to make on my own. You inspire my food in ways that cant be described in words and it has changed my life. Thank you so much for all you have given this place on the internet. I wish you and your father the very best.

  186. Lilia says:

    Iam so sorry i hope for the best for you and your father!!
    Love

  187. Barbara says:

    Oh Joanne, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.

  188. I am so sorry to hear this. I pray that you and your family will be able to find peace during this difficult time.

  189. Ashley Bee says:

    Oh my god. I can’t even believe I’m reading this today… today is the 5 year anniversary of my own dad’s death. It was sudden, I wasn’t ready, and it was the most terrible, terrible thing.

    I am sending you so so much love and so so much positive energy. It’s not going to be easy, and life never really feels the same. Spend as much time as you can, you’re getting the chance not many of us who have lost a parent young had–the chance to say goodbye. Hold onto the memories and remember the good ones, but for now you can let yourself cry and understand what an unfair place the world can be. Eventually the memories stop hurting and start being comforting again.

    email me (ablom10@gmail.com), Facebook me (/ashleyblom), or reach out if you ever want to talk to someone who knows at least a little bit how it feels.

    So much love to you, and your family. Be strong.

  190. Ms. Meanie says:

    Hi Joanne

    I know it’s been a while, but I still read your blog. Just wanted to say how sorry I am to read this and I wish you and your family the best. Just from reading your blog, I can get a sense that you are an incredibly intelligent and strong person. Please stay strong throughout this.

  191. Joanne. I am thinking of you. We are all thinking of you and sending love your way.

  192. Claudia says:

    All it takes is 3 days, and we’re like “Where is Joanne??”… I pray that your dad gets healed! Yes!

  193. Sarah says:

    My heart is with you and your family. . .

  194. julia says:

    oh my god joanne! i am so unbelievably sorry, sending love and positive vibes to you and your family.

  195. Sarah Caron says:

    Oh, Joanne, all my thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you.

  196. Josie says:

    Joanne, I am so so so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are most definitely with you and your family.

  197. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry for your family and will keep you in my prayers. We are all are incredibly grateful to your father for raising a person as exceptional as you, and to you for the time and effort you put into this site. Best wishes.

  198. I’m so sorry. There’s no way to make that news bearable. You will pull through this because you’re a strong person and because you have to, and I hope you know that everyone who knows you, whether they be close personal friends or just those of us whose days are made brighter by your voice on the Internet, will do anything at all to help you. You’re in all of our thoughts.

  199. Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. I hope you are coping ok, my thoughts are with you. Hugs, Natasha

  200. Mary says:

    Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart is breaking for you and your family. Hugs and blessings…Mary

  201. This is the worst possible news to wake up to! Take your time friend. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through, but know that all of us food-interntet people are here for you. Hugs!

  202. Dining Alone says:

    I am so sorry, I am sending you courage, strength and ten billion hugs.

  203. Tee says:

    Hang in there – I am in the midst of the same “end of life” process with my beloved aunt. It is hard, and I’ve sometimes gone from living day day to day to hour by hour to sometimes minute by minute – but I make it. and one piece of advice I can give you is to remember gratitude – it helps. In the midst of pain, there is always something to still be grateful for and I choose to acknowledge these things every day, it helps me put one foot in front of the other and I feel grateful to be able to spend these last months/weeks/days with my loved one; I will have no regrets. Let those around you support you and help you through this difficult time.

  204. Roz says:

    Oh my dear Joanne, I am so terribly sorry to hear this news of your father. I will sincerely keep you in my prayers and rosaries during this difficult time. Sending you love and thoughts for strength and healing.

    Many big hugs,
    Roz

  205. Oh, Jo—my heart goes out to you–you and your father are in my thoughts and I hope that everything goes well. Know that you have such a broad support system here and that we’re all sending you positive energy.

  206. Aggie says:

    :(
    My heart hurts for you. I hope comfort finds its way to you & your daddy. Thoughts & prayers for you and your family…

  207. Cathleen says:

    Oh my goodness! I am so sorry, my heart goes out to you and your family.

  208. I am tearing up just reading this. Stay strong girl, I will be thinking of you and your family.

  209. Ammie says:

    My thoughts go out to you.

  210. Katie says:

    Oh, my heart goes out to you Joanne! Sending lots of love your way. Treasure these days with your family.

  211. Joanne, I am so incredibly sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo

  212. Lori says:

    Oh my goodness. My heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my prayers.

  213. Joanne, I have not been around lately and I am just reading this now. I am so, so sorry. My heart is breaking for you and all my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now. Stay strong my friend. Xoxo

  214. Donna says:

    The kind of person you are is why I love your blog – and YOU. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  215. Joanne, I am so, so sorry. There are no words.

  216. JoJo says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your father.
    Prayers are with you from all of us..

  217. Gloria says:

    Oh Dear Joanne what I can say of course Im sorry and I understand you absolutely.
    I will prayer for you and yours.
    Only one to know I really enjoy your blogs and recipes and all.
    We wait for you when you can you are an amazing ccok and person.
    Take care dear!

  218. Miriam says:

    Oh Joanne, I cry for you, I am so very sorry. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Otherwise you and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  219. You’ve brought me so much laughter and joy when I needed it most. I wish there was someway I could do the same for you now. My thoughts and prayers are with you, truly.

  220. Shannon says:

    My heartbreaks reading this Joanne. Thoughts, prayers and hugs directed your way.

  221. Louanne says:

    I am so, so heartbroken for you, Joanne. Losing your dad is so horribly difficult, sad, and incomprehensible…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  222. Maria says:

    Thinking of you and your family! xo

  223. Pam says:

    Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  224. Jeanette says:

    Joanne, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Will be keeping you and your family in my prayers xoxo

  225. Joanne – I just saw on FaceBook your dad passed away yesterday. So sad for your loss. My dad died from cancer when I was 30 – 14 years ago already. I know how you feel. Love to you and your family

  226. Joanne,
    Jackie and I will be praying for you. We are only blogger buddies, but such a painful time. Be eased by the outpouring of good thoughts and try to share a happy thought post with us soon.
    Dave and Jackie

  227. Biz says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss . . . hugs!

  228. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I am so sorry for your heartache. You and your loved ones are in my prayers. Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxo

  229. Joanne,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take this time to be with your dad and know that your readers will wait for you and embrace you when you return.

  230. RecipeGirl says:

    oh dear, I’m just reading this now. My thoughts and prayers and big hugs are with you, my friend.

  231. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news about your Dad! I follow a number of food blogs where you are a frequent & always cheerful commenter, and it seemed odd that you were off the radar for the last week or so. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  232. kankana says:

    I am so sorry Joanne. You will be missed girl. Prayers and hugs !

  233. Natalie says:

    i don’t really feel like there are any words i can say right now to make anything better, but know that i’m thinking about you and praying for your family!!

  234. I’m so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you.

  235. Karly says:

    Oh, Joanne. I’m so sorry. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  236. Blond Duck says:

    I hope you’re doing ok. Thinking about you.

  237. ellis says:

    So sorry to hear this, Joanne. Thinking of you all.

  238. MyTwoLines says:

    I’ve only recently found your blog and have loved so many of your recipes.

    I just lost my Dad, too, after he suffered a stroke, and it was devastating. Go be with your Dad. Tell him everything you ever wanted to tell him. Hold his hand. Ask him to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about his life. Time is just too short with the ones we love. I will always wish I had had more time but I am so glad for the time I had with him.

  239. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry for what you are going through right now. My father was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer 5 years ago, and it was an ordeal to be sure. I will keep your family in my prayers. Hang in there and cherish the time you have left together.

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  241. brandi says:

    Joanne – I’m so, so sorry. I’m just catching up with everything and just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and your family.

  242. Farah says:

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  243. Emily says:

    I’m so sorry, Joanne. I didn’t know. I was in pastry school mode in September. That’s no excuse, though. I hope you and your family are doing well. I am so, so sorry for your loss. You are a strong woman. (Hug)

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