My condolences sir.
I know we don't exactly know each other, but the pain of losing a loved one is universal; I lost my girlfriend 12 years ago and it still hurts. Anyway, I won't pretend to know what you're going through cause we're all different people going through different experiences. Either way, just know that my thoughts are with you, Claude. And believe me when I say this... the whole of GB is with you-- I just know it.
Take care, duder. Stay strong.
I wish you the best Claude and you have my sympathies. For what you've done already you're a great person. You are a brave and honorable man for sticking it out through the end. Lupus is a horrible disease, there are a couple people that suffer from it at work and you never know what effect it is going to have on them everyday. Again, you should be commended and I wish you the best in the future.
I've always enjoyed your contributions and appreciate your unique view on this slice of the world. If it wasn't for hamsters video I might have missed you , but I'm always thrilled when your name pops up on my iPhone. When I think giantbomb community your name is the first I think of. Sorry for the delay in posting this, wanted to convey my message in all the gravity you deserve.
Man. I've yet to loose anyone close to me so I can only guess how it feels. While we haven't spoken directly to one another more than on a few rare occasions, "Claude" still comes to mind when I think of the GB community.
So hang in there duder! I hope both you and your daughters will be okay and can keep on truckin'
@Claude: So I was talking to Epic Steve on the Twitterz, sending him some stuff and such, told him about this, and he has this to say -
I don't know you personally, but I can sympathize with your situation. I have had my own share of loss over the past few months and it's hard. I'm sure you were a great husband that gave your wife happiness from the moment you two met till her last breath. That meant the world to her. Keep your head high.
Even in your roughest days like these, look at the 20 years you got to spend with each other. You got to spend those little moments that you will always remember for the rest of your life, and that she will take with her in the after life.
Claude, you are an awesome fellow that I know would be sorely missed you didn't continue to post around here. I even feel saddened by the passing of your wife just because I feel like there is a pretty tight nit community here.
I think I can say this for everyone here who has seen you around the forums; OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU!
man I'm so sorry this happened to you and your wife. I'm sure your wife really appreciated what you did for her. I doubt she could done all she could have lived her life like you described knowing she had someone in her corner like you were.
Not many people would sacrifice so much for one they love, which makes you a pretty special person. While I don't think I've interacted with you much, you have my utmost respect for doing that for her fwiw. And I think it's clear you have a lot of people's. I doubt any other user of this site (outside of staff) would get this kind of response to news such as this.
my thoughts are with you Claude. I hope you find the peace you deserve and that I'm sure your wife would want you to have.
Claude, that news just hit me like a mack truck. I honestly don't even know what to say, man. It's too young.
Sorry to see those words have to be typed by your hand, brother.
@ShaggE said:Oddly enough. My wife was on the 5th floor of the hospital and on the 2nd floor my brother's stepson and his wife were having their first baby. I would go down and crack jokes. It was a hard birth for them. But the mother and baby are healthy and they come home tomorrow.
My heart sank to the floor when I read that second sentence. The fact that you can even bear to get on the internet in a social capacity right now, let alone crack jokes (no matter how melancholy they may be), is incredible.
... Christ, man, I don't even really know you beyond your polls and blogs, and my heart is still breaking for your situation. You've got an ear here to use at your whim if you ever need it.
The ways that life and death play off each other...