Day + 4163 Always look on the bright side of life

“…Always look on the light side of life…”

Karen Leigh Woys
26 October 1953 – 25 April 2022

At 10:25 PM, Karen shuffled off this mortal coil.

I borrowed from Shakespeare, because the pain and hurt have burned my soul, emotion is raw and my brain is mush.

Karen loved her life. She lived it her way. She had made peace with her passing. The years of battling Leukemia, treatments and complications had ravaged her body, but never diminished her spirit.

The Johns Hopkins medical team valiantly tried over the four day stay in the ICU to combat the Pneumonia corrupting her lungs. In the end, she chose palliative care and the Hopkins team supportively switched mode from treatment to comfort for the final journey.

She had chosen her final “tag line” many years ago.

We want to thank:

Mary Lou for the gift of life – your generosity gave Karen 12 years of joys. Priceless.

Our families and friends for the love, support, caring and understanding.

Dr. Bahrani for your professionalism, counsel, and interpretation of a complex medical world.

The Johns Hopkins Staff for the years of caring and support. It’s “Tuesday” and your plate is always full.

Thank you Dr. Gojo for providing peace of mind over and beyond the administering of care.


To you fellow travelers, who touched Karen’s life by sharing your trials, tribulations and triumphs, and reminded us – we are not alone.

Wisdom from the journey? Karen would tell you that you know your body best, advocate and question – it is your right, it is your life.

Karen donated her body to medical science with the spark of hope that even in death, she might be able to aid some traveler on their journey in the future.

Farewell travelers.


I love you Mausi

This is the final entry.


  1. Thank you both for welcoming me into your quirky and loving fold. Karen was a true friend and I will miss her friendship, her sense of humor, her warmth, and her keen observations and interpretations.
    Rest a bit, Michael, and let me know I can do to help. Call whenever.
    Love, Susan


    Will miss you good friend.

    Michael, I don’t know what I can do this far away but I can always try. Please stay in touch.

  3. I’m so sad! I’m so sad for you Michael. I’m sad for everyone who knew her and loved her.
    I’m sad the world will be less bright without her. I’m sad your life will change forever. I’m sad
    I lost a friend, a kind soul. I’m sorry I’ll never see her again. I’m sad I can’t make her more pies.
    Thank you for including me in your life and this journey. I’m very very sad,
    But Karen is out of pain. God knows she’s endured so much of it. She’s probably dancing around the clouds giggling
    Happily. Saying hi to all her friends.

  4. Tears of love is falling. We love you both so much. Karen was an inspiration to us all. Karen did live life to the fullest. She was an amazing person. She loved everyone! We all loved to be with her.

    We love you Michael. You know our door is always open. Love,

  5. Joan this morning said it best. Karen is at peace. My dear cousin and little sister, I will miss your intelligence, your humor, your love of animals. I’ll think of the memories and feel warm inside. Thank you for giving me so much. And Michael, thank you for your posts but more for the gentle care you gave my Karen; I know she could not have been loved more. You are a special person. See you when we get back. Blessings, Linda

  6. Words are difficult now, but as Karen undoubtedly wished, you carried through to post this message, thank you. I’m happy for the extra time you had together even though it is never enough.
    I can only say that I’ll be thinking of you in the days and months ahead.
    Much love to you and to Karen who never failed to support us on our journey.

    “Cheer up Brian, you know what they say?
    Some things in life are bad
    They can really make you mad
    Other things just make you swear and curse
    When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
    Don’t grumble, give a whistle
    And this’ll help things turn out for the best

  7. I didn’t think I would cry, especially since my mom told me the news this morning. But reading this post, Michael, the tears are flowing. When we were in Alaska, I considered you and Karen my unofficial godparents. And even though we aren’t necessarily “in touch” anymore, I will always cherish the times we all spent with you, from dinners with crystal goblets, to the moose bratwurst I’m still waiting to try, to a ride to the airport after Heather’s wedding. Know you (and Karen, wherever she may be now) are in my thoughts.
    Sending you love and good vibes,

  8. Thinking of you Michael – I’m so sorry for your loss. You both will always hold a special place in my heart.

  9. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Karen was one person who helped steer my life. I miss her.

  10. No words could ever cover my thoughts and prayers….Karen was an amazing lady who loved my children as her own….and that meant the world to me. She fought so valiantly for so long. She loved and was loved dearly and will be missed until our paths cross again.

  11. Sending you my love. My heart is broken for you.

  12. Oh Michael, My heart hurts for your pain of loss. Know you were a prince taking care of Karen the way you did.
    So sorry you both had to go through all the pain you did for all of the days of her illness.
    You both were great friends and such a joy.
    Happy for all the times you both came to see me but truly I know you came to see my furbys.
    I could never had have had the contacts I had if it had not been for the beautiful web site Karen made for me over the yrs.
    Such talent.
    I pray she is in heaven sharing a walk and catching up on time with her mom.
    Know you Michael are in my prayers for strength and good health.

  13. Thank you. Desmond sends his greetings 😻

  14. Michael, my tears flow down my cheeks as I read this and write this. It’s so hard for me to believe she’s gone. I can’t even imagine how you feel or what you are going through. I’m so thankful for her friendship, love, support, and being her “transplant twin”. She was one of a kind. So kindhearted and she cared so much about those around her including her beloved animals and most of all you.

    She forever touched my life and she will always be remembered. I’m glad she is pain free and no longer suffering.

    Stay in touch.

    Love, Laura

  15. Michael, I am so sorry. My brother Bob texted me last night. I always hoped that I would have an opportunity to meet her in person. This makes me so sad.

  16. Hi Michael,

    Lynne and I are so, so sorry about Maus. She was such an amazing person, full of joy and always having that mischievous glint in her eye. You and her have been friends to me beyond measure and I will always treasure my relationship with you two. I am so blessed to have met someone as amazing as Karen, she will always be with me in some way, whether it’s listening to a spooky song over Halloween or just petting our kittens.
    Please let us know if you need anything, anything at all.

    *massive hugs*

    Paul B.

  17. Margaret Hockenberry

    Michael. I just heard. I am so sorry for you. I always admired you and your care of Karen. Please reach out if you need anything or just want to talk have coffee or just scream. Hugs friend.


  18. Thank you Margie. ♥️

  19. Michael – I’m so sorry. Karen was a light in my life. A true and trusted friend. Someone I could talk about anything with. I hope she knew what she meant to me. I sure will miss her. Thinking of you ♥️

  20. Michael, I’m sorry to hear this but I know she fought hard and had to be wore out. Prayers will be said for your comfort. Thank you. Lori

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