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Mel Scheuring
September 5, 2010, 9:50 pm
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Mel Scheuring and his fiddle

Lizabeth Doolittle and I met Mel at Hospital Santa Monica in Rosarito, Baja Mexico in 2006.  We were all being treated for different types of cancer.   I asked Lizabeth if she had heard from him tonight while “chatting” on facebook.  I’ve sent a few email and facebook messages and his phone goes straight to voicemail.

I told him a story a few years ago about another patient from Hospital Santa Monica.  My smoke alarm was going off at 3am.  It kept going off then stopping. Because of the ozone treatments, I couldn’t smell anything.  I had to call the fire department to come check.  They didn’t find anything, so they knocked the fire alarm off the ceiling to shut it up.  I didn’t feel like there was a problem, but I would have felt stupid if I had just gone back to bed, then gotten hurt (or killed) in a fire.  As I lay in bed, I felt a weird sense of peace. I felt like someone close had died.  I found out about a week later that Ruth had lost her battle with lung cancer the day of my smoke alarm issue.

About a month ago, the smoke alarm was doing the same thing.  This time, the hardwired alarm upstairs.  After the 3rd time, I was reminded of Ruth.  I prayed that everyone was ok.  Like the first time, it felt peaceful, not a panic, just something to make me aware.  I know I’ve told many people about the first alarm and Ruth, I think I even wrote about it here on my blog, but especially remember a conversation I had with Mel, promising we would “haunt” each other whoever “crossed over” first.  It wasn’t a serious conversation, just cancer patients being silly.  Mel was fun!  We had fun at the hospital, making each other and the other patients laugh.  Cancer sucks, but I’ve met many great people during my journey.  Mel was a great man!  I’m blessed to have met him.  Sending prayers to everyone who knew Mel.  He will be missed by all of us!

I hope you’re having fun now Mel!  And as I write this, was it you in my room the other night when…well, was it?  I’ll miss you, but glad you’re no longer in pain!  I love you Mel!

Susan Wonder Stone