Friday, July 22, 2011

The journey has ended...

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I let you know Tina's journey has ended. She went peacefully this afternoon, and was surrounded by family. Tina's story of her battle with melanoma touched many people, and was an inspiration to all - she will be missed dearly...

We will be having a memorial service on Monday here in Michigan, and will share more information once we get it...

42 comments:

Fred said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. May God keep her and all of you. She was blessed to have all of you there by her side.

Jeff Kellum said...

My heart goes out to Tina's family and friends. She was courageous and selfless as she took us on the journey with her. She will be missed by many.

Unknown said...

Our condolences to our dear friend, Tina. She was beautiful inside and out and her smile brighten a room. She was the strongest and most inspiring person I know and I am so happy to call her my friend. We'll miss you, Tina Jo!

Scott Osborn said...

Such a mixture of emotion floods my soul upon hearing this news. So sad to have lost such a warrior and friend. So happy her pain and suffering is over. So concerned for her family. Tina had a beautiful soul that touched so many lives. Rest in peace beautiful girl!

Anonymous said...

My deepest and most sincere condolences to Todd, Teya and to the entire family there in Michigan. I am at a complete loss of emotion, drained and so saddened after receiving the news about the situation from last night. And now today it is done. I am so blessed to be have met Tina, her smile, her spirit, her jovial nature. I can only hope to have such stregnth and character. My deepest condolences, sympathies and as of late in my family too, empathies on your loss. All my love to you and yours Todd and family. Sincerely - Dboy & Mars

Carrie Soule said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Tina but I did hear a lot about her from Cory. She sounded like a wonderful person. My prayers and thoughts are will all of you.

Anonymous said...

Todd,

We are so sorry for your loss. She was a loving wife, daughter and mother and she will be missed. We share the pain of losing such a wonderful person and learned so much about her fighting spirit because we had the honor of walking through this journey with her and with you. Thank you for being so brave to share your blog and your journey with us. She was loved by many and she will be missed so dearly. Scott and I as well as your work family at JDA are here for you. We will do whatever it takes to help out so feel free to ask us anything and I mean anything. Please don't hesitate to ask. Scott & Cindy

orlanka said...

My heart is breaking right now for you Todd, for Teya, for Tina's family, and for all of us who have been so lucky to have her in our lives. Her journey through this, her fight, it has been an inspiration to all who have been with her since the beginning and those who discovered her along the way. Know that she is still with you now and, like all of us, prays for your strength through this.

- Eric

Anonymous said...

Finally Home - By Mercy Me

I'm gonna wrap my arms around my Daddy's neck
And tell him that I've missed him
And tell him all about the man that I became
And hope that it pleased him
There's so much I want to say
There's so much I want you to know
When I finally make it home when I finally make it home
Then I'll gaze upon the throne of the King
Frozen in my steps
And all the questions that I swore I would ask
Words just won't come yet
So amazed at what I've seen so much more
Than this old mind can hold
And the sweetest sound these ears have yet to hear
The voices of the angels

Scott and Linda said...

We will miss our dear friend Tina and will be here for you for anything you need. She touched our hearts and souls and I know she will continue to look out for you and Teya from up above.

Lucy Feuerstein said...

Keeping you all in my prayers and hoping that beautiful memories of Tina help you through this difficult time. She touched so many lives and was such an inspiration to us all! A butterfly will never be "just" a butterfly any more...it will be a reminder to me to never give up, not to sweat the small stuff, to put a smile on my face like Tina always did, to do something kind to help someone else, and to continue Tina's message about protecting yourself from the sun.

Al said...

Tina was, and continues to be an inspiration. She was the first to respond to my blog and encourage me to keep the word of melanoma awareness going. I didn't know her, but I can tell that everyone that encountered her in person or online was made a better person as a result. Condolences to the family...and embrace the newest angel that watches over you.

Anonymous said...

So very sorry for your loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her personally Tina was certainly a huge inspiration to many strangers who supported her via the blog. She was so well loved and will be missed, but she certainly made her mark and brought melanoma much needed awareness. My heart goes out to her entire family. So very sorry.

ErinMay said...

I am so sad to hear this... She was such a brave soul, fighter, and inspiration! Similar to Al, she was one of the first to find my blog and share her words and story with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless...

Anonymous said...

Tina was such an incredible person and had such a way about her. Your courage with this battle was amazing and has not been lost on any of us. Her spirit will live on and she has and will continue to make a difference. Her story needs to continue to be told, over and over, so it WILL make a difference and others will not have to go through what she did. Todd, Teya, Rose, Rick - all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anna

Anonymous said...

Todd, I am so sorry to hear about Tina. She was an amazing lady - a true fighter and inspiration to so many. I can't imagine what you are going through. I will keep praying for you, Teya, Tina's parents, and your families.

Maria

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this news! I am lifting your family up in prayer and hope that you can fine peace and courage during this difficult time. I was diagnosed with Melanoma in December and have been reading Tina's blog ever since. She is truly an inspiration and handled her battle with dignity and class. She will be missed greatly!

Anonymous said...

Words cannot begin to let you know how saddened we are to hear of this news today. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Todd, Tina will be sorely missed. She touched so many people, and not just because of the cancer, but because she was such a great person to know.
BM

Heather @ Cancer Mommy said...

I am so very sorry. I also am a melanoma warrior and have been falling Tinas journey for awhile now. Hugs to you all!

Erika K. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and I can't begin to imagine how difficult this is for all of Tina's friends and family. Having never met her, I have lived vicariously through the blogs of her and her family. Best wishes to all of you during this difficult time.

Mary BZ said...

I send my sincere condolences to your entire family. I am a melanoma warrior and came to know you through the blog. I found encouragement and hope. My heart is heavy and I will continue to pray for strength for all of you.

Chelsea said...

Tina will always be remembered by those who "met" her as the definition of a melanoma warrior. She was strong, brave, and determined. Although she had her own battle, she continued to support her fellow melanoma warriors by offering advice, encouragement, or even something little to make us laugh. My heart is aching for you today. Prayers, love, and thoughts are coming your way. May your lovely girl finally rest.

Tim said...

I'm so very, very sorry. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

Miss Melanoma said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Tina was and will remain a blessing to many, as she was to me. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

-MM

Miss Melanoma said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Tina was and will remain a blessing to many, as she was to me. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

-MM

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear. She fought such a long hard battle. Todd please know that you, your daughter and her family are in my thoughts.
Vince

S. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find solace in friends and family during this unimaginably painful time.

Paul said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. My thought and prayers are with you. I always found comfort in reading this blog and I struggled through my own battle.

autumn said...

Tina introduced me to Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Life). She got Jeff to wear sun screen. She made us all aware of the dangers of the sun and how to protect ourselves. She taught us a valuable lesson on how precious our health is. I will not take my health, friends, family for granted again. Thank you Tina, you will be missed but not forgotten.

Sly Jackson said...

I know that God gave you a great gift in Tina. I didn't know her personally but from this blog I know the character and love she had for you Todd and your daughter.
Our hearts and prayers goes out to Tina and her resting soul (no more pain), but our prayers also go out to you Todd and daughter for the loss of a wife, BF and mother.

My prayers also go out to your family, her family and Tina's close friends that as you rely on Jesus that he continues to give you all strength and comfort during this time of rememberance.

God bless you all and the many of lives she impacted and will continue to impact with her courage, selflessness, perseverance and love. Sly Jackson and Family

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, as a melanoma survivor of 2 years Melanoma don't seem to discriminate when it picks its victims. Sounds like Tina had a very supportive family and I send prayers to all of you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear that Tinas journey has ended. Her story has inspired me. My prayers and condolences to her loving family.

Anonymous said...

Monday 07-25-11
Our Memorial Service for Tina Sullivan ---
Country Christian Church 5677 N. Lapeer Rd (M-24) North Branch 48461
Service Time 1:00 p.m. Service will be done by Pastor Roger Kuer

Djuana/ Mrs. Norma said...

To the whole family: We, Mrs. Rose's friends at the Hoiday Inn Express Flint, would like to express our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with her daughter, her husband, and her parents. How very sorry we are that your loved one was taken from you all so soon. May God be with you in your time of need.

Christie Koester said...

My heart just breaks for your family. I enjoyed reading Tina's blog. She was truly a light in this world and I believe she'll continue to be. Lots of prayers going your way. I am so sorry:(

Anonymous said...

Continued prayers for those she left behind, but joy in knowing she now rests comfortably in our Father's arms. May God Bless you Todd and Teya, surround you with love and support, and provide you strength and understanding.

Paul Grosskopf said...

Paul grosskopf.i am Tina's cousin.i am so sorry for the loss of someone so special to us all.i rercently found out about this site and would like to help out any way i can to spread the word or any thing that might be of assistants.my heart is broken but i know Tina was a spcial person who touched alot of lives.i'll miss u dearly Tina

Anonymous said...

Tina had a huge influence in the raising of my son, We both have her to thank for ever so much. She'll be remembered and missed forever... DB

LoriAnn Hewitt said...

My condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Teri said...

Todd and Teya, I only knew Tina through working at Teya's school. She always had a smile on her face. She never shared with me the details of her fight. It was only when I begged Teya's teacher to tell me what was going on that I found out.
My family has a history of dysplastic moles, so thank the good Lord, we go to the dermatologist on a regular basis. My 20 year old son went to the dermatologist this summer for the first time with a mole that I didn't like the looks of. It turned out to be cancer, though not melanoma. I had some skin cancer removed from my nose last summer.
Her fight will be forever on my mind and in my heart, as I read her blogs. I wish I had known earlier. She was an inspiration to many. My heart breaks for you, Teya and your family. You are in my prayers.

Seth said...

Very sorry to hear the news. My condolences to you and your family.