We’re Home

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/18/2016

A two week period of our lives we won’t soon forget even though there a some days in the beginning that Nancy won’t remember. I have new found awe for the brain and the heart and the way we humans tick. Also thankful for all the medical advances that kept my beautiful bride alive. Not to mention her amazing caregivers.


Nancy will do some outpatient cardiac rehab and, naturally, we have a few follow-up appointments in the coming weeks. The doctor who discharged Nancy today encouraged her to get back to her normal life and activities as soon as she is able. Amazing.

Thank you all for your written support. It means a lot to me; I know it means even more to Nancy.


Georg Ann Burns | Aug 22, 2016 10:14pm
Such wonderful news! You both have been in my thoughts and prayers as well as your families. Best wishes for your continued progress and Steph, you are a rock. Love to both of you.

Katherine Murphy | Aug 22, 2016 9:42pm
I have come late to this miraculous story. On 8/13, Carol told me what had happened, but I didn’t know there was a wonderful Caring Bridge site. I was holding you both in huge light and love, sending energy, but waited a few days to email not wanting to be intrusive, and thank you, Stephanie, for your response directing me here. I am in tears reading all of this. Nancy, Nancy, sweet sweet Nancy. Praise All That Is Good that your shining spirit is healing your wonderful body. I am filled with gratitude, love, and awe. Continuing to hold you both in prayer and healing light. And sending much much love.

Jennifer Beran | Aug 21, 2016 10:19pm
Great news! Prayers for continued healing and strengthening!

Shelly Loewen | Aug 21, 2016 5:05pm
Delighted to hear that you’re home Nancy. Blessings of continued healing and hugs from afar 🙂

Denise Graham Swanson | Aug 21, 2016 3:10pm
So glad to hear you’re home and doing well. Been sending prayers and wanting to let you know that recovery takes a while. ICD’s are a great invention and I am grateful for mine regularly, but 5 years ago I did wonder how long it would take for myself and family to move on to a new normal. Enjoy being alive , you get there. So you know, I am one of Dorothy Graham Ellertson’s daughters and one of your Uncle Rod ‘s stepdaughters. Remember you when you were just a kid. Glad you are getting better and have loved ones to care for you.

Barbara McCauley | Aug 20, 2016 4:18pm
Dear Nancy and Stephanie – congratulations and our best wishes for your continued recovery! Our joy is doubtless pale next to yours! Love!

Jan Yaeger | Aug 20, 2016 12:29pm
Hurray! So glad. Welcome HOME!

Jan Ellertson | Aug 19, 2016 12:49pm
So glad to hear. Love to you both💓

Mary Carlsen | Aug 19, 2016 12:13pm
My goodness…miraculous! Nancy is blessed and a blessing. Every day is a gift, which you all know at the deepest level. Welcome home and lots of love from northfield!

Jenn Radtke | Aug 19, 2016 8:34am
Welcome home!!!!!!!!!

Deb Filer | Aug 19, 2016 7:20am
Back home, what a wonderful place to be.

susan Donohue | Aug 19, 2016 4:02am
So thrilled to hear the good news. Very grateful and also in awe. Yes, get back to normal activities. I feel a lazy meal at Frosts would be in order.

Janet Scannell | Aug 19, 2016 12:41am
What a wild and scary ride, but I’m relieved to hear you are on the mend. One day at a time. Thinking of you both.
Janet S

Justin (Jay) Oakman | Aug 19, 2016 12:29am
Dear Nancy,
I’m so happy to hear that you are home. WELCOME HOME.
Dear Stephanie,
I wanted to hug you at church last week, but didn’t want to give you my germs. It was amazing to see you there.
Take care, rest well, and let your village know how we can help!
– Joanna Deer

Matt and Cat Koukol | Aug 18, 2016 11:49pm
Hurrah!!! That is great news. Hope to see both of you some Sunday soon!

Ann Dyellig | Aug 18, 2016 9:17pm
Yippee from Duluth! ❤

Claudia Berguson | Aug 18, 2016 8:26pm
Great news! Wishing you strength and patience and a good return to normalcy. All the best, Claudia

Dolores Peters | Aug 18, 2016 7:30pm
This is great news. I’m delighted for you guys–and all the rest of us who know and value Nancy. Welcome home! DAP

Mary Ellen Erlandson | Aug 18, 2016 7:20pm
Way to go Nancy. Great news. Best wishes for continued healing.

Chelsey Johnson | Aug 18, 2016 6:58pm
So glad to hear it! Velkommen hjem, Nancy.

Jason Menard | Aug 18, 2016 6:50pm
So glad you’re home.!

karla jean miller | Aug 18, 2016 6:28pm
Home! Hooray!

Kari Lipke | Aug 18, 2016 5:15pm
This is good. So very very good!

Nancy Montgomery | Aug 18, 2016 5:02pm
O happy day!!! Yes, how thankful we are for the medical advances and the people in whose hands we place our loved ones!!! Nancy, we are so delighted that you are home with Stephanie!! Another special caregiver! Hope to see you up and around shortly after we get back home. It will be great to see you!

Andrea Gleason | Aug 18, 2016 4:54pm
Hooray! So relieved that you guys are at home together again. ❤️

Claudia Gordon | Aug 18, 2016 4:49pm
Hurray! There’s no place like home……the best part of your journey!

Nonny Smith | Aug 18, 2016 4:13pm
Love and congratulations to both of you. You both got gold medals at a certain version of the Olympics. Prayers of gratitude.

Pat Saltsman | Aug 18, 2016 4:12pm
What a great day!!!

Laree Winer | Aug 18, 2016 4:10pm
Hooray!!! Welcome home to you both!

Laura Secord | Aug 18, 2016 4:05pm
Back to Living!

Sheila Hoffman | Aug 18, 2016 4:02pm
Home sweet home! Hooray! Will let you settle in as long as you need, but as soon as you’re ready for a little visit, just say the word! So very happy for both of you.

Patricia Sween | Aug 18, 2016 3:57pm
I am SOOOOO happy this episode is coming to a close. We’re anxious to see you both. Sending big hugs!!

Lori Ellertson | Aug 18, 2016 3:29pm
Love and adore you both! 💜

Mary Moen | Aug 18, 2016 3:27pm
Amazing News! Hugs to both of you!!!

Marsha Foss | Aug 18, 2016 3:23pm
Fabulous news! I am heading north, but hope to see you both again very soon. Lots of continued love, Marsha

Samantha Bavage | Aug 18, 2016 3:22pm
Yay!! Gratulerer! 🙂

Betsy Ellis | Aug 18, 2016 3:22pm
Woo hoo! Best possible news.

Anne Sabo | Aug 18, 2016 3:20pm
Velkommen hjem! Glad i dere.

Jillian Hiscock | Aug 18, 2016 3:10pm
Yeah! This is such amazingly wonderful news! Please let me know if I can help at all over these next few weeks as you get back into your routine.

Katie Eschenbauch | Aug 18, 2016 2:58pm

Mary Cisar | Aug 18, 2016 2:43pm
So good to hear you are home, Nancy!

Su Smallen | Aug 18, 2016 2:39pm
Hooray, it must feel wonderful to be at home. I’m at the ready whenever you need any help or cheer!

katia mcdonough | Aug 18, 2016 2:39pm
Woooooooooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooooooooo! so glad you are home.

Michele Whetstone | Aug 18, 2016 2:36pm
SOOO wonderfully great!!! Lots of love from The Whetstones☺️☺️☺️☺️

ANN LIMRIC | Aug 18, 2016 2:36pm
So happy for you both to be home.

Felicity Evers | Aug 18, 2016 2:35pm
Best wishes to you both!

Jean & Jan | Aug 18, 2016 2:33pm
Fantastic News!