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October 01, 2018


I’d like to explain why I haven’t been posting here, and why I hope to be back soon.

On August 18, my daughter, Sophie, who was getting ready to start college, developed a sudden and severe autoimmune disorder. She was hospitalized in the Critical Care unit, and began an aggressive course of treatment, to which she gradually responded; she then began intensive physical therapy. After 40 days of hospitalization, she was able to return home. She’s now in outpatient rehab, and is steadily doing better. She still has a lot of healing and recovery ahead, but we’re optimistic. Throughout this ordeal her spirit has not wavered: She has displayed incredible strength, grace, courage and humor. I am in awe of her, and of her mom, my amazing wife, Michelle, who stayed with Sophie, night and day, the entire time in the hospital.

So that’s why I haven’t been posting. My focus will remain on Sophie’s recovery, but I’m hoping to be able to start getting back to some semblance of normal life soon. Meanwhile I want to thank everybody who expressed concern about my sudden disappearance. I also thank our family members and friends for their love and support, and all the skilled and caring medical folks for all they did for Sophie. This has been a difficult, at times brutal, experience, but the pain has been eased by the goodness and generosity we have seen in so many people.


Update: I didn’t mean to disable the comments. I fixed that.


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Thanks for letting us know, Dave. Hugs to you and your family.

Family is most important. Take your time. We can hold off the Squirrel Invasion while you're gone.

So sorry for your incredibly stressful experience. So glad Sophie is doing better. Family first. Thanks for the update.

Glad to hear Sophie is responding to treatment. Best wishes and we'll continue to be rooting for her!

You think they’re past the falling-off-the-slide stage and this happens! I’m sure you want to follow her everywhere now. How awful! Another hundred hugs to you all and flabbergastment (yes it’s a word, I said so) that she is recovering and heading to college. College! Are you going to let her go there??? Much love, Tash

Hello Dave,, the first time I had heard of you was when Sophie was newborn, I sent you. A sheet of purple blank paper.. it meant you. Don’t. Know what life holds for her, but that God is always there...

Hang in there.

Things are looking up.

Gah! Poor Sophie :( I'm so sorry your family is going through such a rough patch, but very glad things are looking up. Here's hoping for some quick and thorough healing <3

What a terrifying thing to happen. I'm glad she's getting better.


Horrible news. Your beautiful daughter having to suffer at so young an age...BUT...she has a wonderful mother and father...who by the way, are deeply loved throughout the world, and if science is right...all the millions saying a prayer for you and your family, will bring about good things.

They don't know why prayer works, but it seems, it does. Something is out there which explains why everybody on the planet THINKS there is.

There is a power in simple belief. So, let's all believe that Sophie is going to come back to her beloved family, healthy and strong...

And by the way: Long sits under showers can help restore depleted adrenal glands. That was a theory I was told by Rona Barret many years ago, and it works. The negative ions from the water stimulate the serotonin levels in the brain. And when exhausted with worry and sadness, it can really help.

We all hope that a long family vacation will be something you can all look forward too Mr. Barry.

God bless not only you and your family, but everyone on this blog who has suffered the pain of unexpected illness. Sooner or later, we all have our own cross to bear.

Condolences and best wishes from MO. Adding Sophie to the prayer list.

I am so happy to read that Sophie is recovering, though I am sorry that you and your family have experienced this illness. Here's hoping for an even quicker and complete return to health for Sophie. Sending my best wishes your way.

It’s impossible to imagine all you and your family have endured, but I’m heartened to hear of Sophie’s recovery. She’s young, strong and will hopefully be 100% better soon.

Hope Sophie is continuing towards health..

Forever hugs to Sophie, you and Michelle.

Tad late with this Dave but nonetheless best wishes to Sophie and her family ‘team’ for a honkingly speedy recovery.

Even a tad later but I wish a full, speedy and lifelong recovery to Sophie, along with the best for Dave and Michelle, and for those they cherish. Lots of us in the cheap seats are rooting for you all.

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Glad to hear Miss Sophie is keeping her sense of humor about her. Sometimes, laughter really is the best medicine.

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