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About Betty Bateson
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Bloggers PhotoMy writing is not fancy or hard to understand. I write from the heart and bare my pain or happiness on paper as it flows from my mind. I know some of my poetry is dark and full of despair but I am getting better because this site gives me a chance to let my feelings out and have feedback.

I work in Health Care at a Retirement Centre in Ontario, Canada.  I really enjoy the residents and my job. I find their stories to be enlightening.
My son died at age 11 devastating our family. 
My sister died 3 years ago and my husband 2 years ago. 
This site helps me express some of the feelings I had during those painful experiences.

I would like to publish my poetry and write a book of poetry. That is my goal.


Most Recent Blog Post

A Gift
Blog Posted:8/23/2013 9:01:00 AM


As I lay with my sister, Beverley on her hospital bed planning her funeral she suddenly said to me " I would like to donate my eyes" 

Her cancer would not allow her to give any organs because she had Leukemia. 

But her cancer could not stop her from giving one last gift to a person she would never know and never meet and never see, ever!

Her gift would give someone else a new life and hope with sight.

I was so proud of my sister that day because she asked to sign the donors card right away and the Nurse took care of all the details. 

I watched in awe as my dear generous sister gave her last gift.

Looking at me with a smile on her pale face she said.

"There, that's done"

But, no it would never be "done" because weeks later I received a certificate stating that indeed her retina had been used and someone out there could see all the beauty in the world that my sister had seen, all the love and goodness in life so wonderful.

Her gift of love

We may not have the chance to decide how we want our last days to be or what will be said at our funeral or things we never did but should have done

 but we can give a gift

Give something to someone in your life to make a difference!

Love from Beverley's sister


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  1. Date: 12/25/2013 4:49:00 PM
    A beautiful story, what a wonderful sister. One thing I find with Health Care is all the strong, amazing people that we get to meet. Then we are given the further privilege to help them. May the season treat you well Betty, Scott.

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  1. Date: 9/3/2013 12:15:00 AM
    What a wonderful sister. How lucky you are. Beverly

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  1. Date: 8/25/2013 8:33:00 AM
    A very touching story about your sister... She was a very generous and a good hearted person.

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  1. Date: 8/24/2013 6:23:00 PM
    lHow precious your sister..She migjht have given the gift of sight to one women but the gift of how to cope with dearh..She gave that gift to everyone..She s an example of faith and love.Tnks for sharing such a special piece of your sister with us..Im sure she s with us through soul.My grandpa died of leukemia in one week..I xan understand how the family feels..a hug

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  1. Date: 8/24/2013 1:40:00 PM
    - So kind ........... thinking of others ..... when she has enough thinking about herselves. - Lovely sister! - Have a great weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

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  1. Date: 8/24/2013 5:13:00 AM
    as one who has had problems with sight down the years, i find this very moving, and beautiful,,,,,

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 8:09:00 PM
    Wow!! Betty! What a wonderful gift

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 6:38:00 PM
    this is a wonderful thing she did. The gift of sight. You can be so proud of her.

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 6:09:00 PM
    thank you for sharing this uplifting memory with us

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 5:21:00 PM
    Betty, this is such a beautiful blog pertaining to your sister. Giving a gift to someone before she passed away. So beautiful her soul was on the earth and is now in heaven. Bless you for putting up such a wonderful blog that warmed my heart along with many others who read this. My condelences go out to you. Wishing you a great weekend luv. Love, Gail

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 12:33:00 PM
    Betty, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. Sorry for the loss of your sister, she must have been a very special lady. Hugs

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 11:17:00 AM
    I whole heartedly agree!!! God Bless your sister for this wonderful, selfless gift she has given. hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 10:32:00 AM
    A beautiful story, Betty. To be thinking of helping others, strangers even, while facing her death speaks volumes about your sister's character and values. I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful sister. Thank you for sharing this. Love, Kim

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My Past Blog Posts

A Gift
Date Posted: 8/23/2013 9:01:00 AM

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3/26/2014Dark and MysticalBlank versedark,love hurts,
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3/1/2014Unfinished BusinessFree verseblue,goodbye,life,sad,
2/27/2014Memories on BranchesRhymebeauty,seasons,
2/26/2014Spring GlowBalladbeauty,spring,
2/26/2014My DreamFree versedream,
2/25/2014Blue Tail-rhymeblue,sad,
2/25/2014His Twinkling EyesCoupletbereavement,blue,dad,loss
2/23/2014Olympic RussiaHaikufun,
2/19/2014I BelieveRhymeangel,hope,
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2/11/2014Puffed UpFree versebeauty,bird,love,nature,
2/11/2014My CrushFree versebeauty,boyfriend,cute lov
2/11/2014My ValentineCoupletabsence,emotions,longing,
2/11/2014Reach Inside MeFree verseblue,emotions,hope,longin

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