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Monday, April 22, 2013

Lynn Marie Brooks 
May 18, 1964 - April 22, 2013

This morning Lynn went on to a much better place with God.
For almost three years she has been battling cancer and today Lynn is living for eternity with God and the cancer is dead.
I can't imagine life without my wife Lynn. She will be greatly missed by our children, Courtney (22), Ashton (22) and Quentin (19).
We know she is in the kingdom prepared for her since the creation of the world. (Matthew 25:34)

The memorial service to celebrate Lynn's life will be Saturday April 27th, 11:00 a.m. at Parkwood Gardens Church, 501 Whitelaw Road, Guelph.
There will be a reception luncheon to follow at the church.

No flowers please. You may choose to make a donation to Parkwood Gardens Church.

Lynn is survived by her mother, Inez Hartung and brother, Mark Hartung, both of Guelph. She was predeceased by her father. Kenneth Hartung.

Born May 18, 1964 in Guelph to Kenneth and Inez Hartung.
Lynn grew up on Inverness Drive and attended Waverley Drive Public School and John F. Ross CVI in Guelph. As a student, she was successful at synchronized skating, piano and always had top marks at school. She enjoyed many summers at the family cottage on Belwood Lake and worked as a pharmacy assistant while in high school. She particularly enjoyed attending summer camp at Camp Mini-Yo-We where she accepted Christ.
In 1983, she entered Pharmacy school at The University of Toronto. She met David at University in 1984 and they were married after third year on August 23rd, 1986. Lynn worked as a pharmacist at The Clarke Institute and Doctor's Hospital while living in Toronto and Markham.  They attended Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto and Fellowship Baptist in Markham.
In 1988, David and Lynn moved to Welland where she worked at PharmaPlus and were members of Calvary Gospel Church. Courtney Anne and Ashton Marie, identical twin girls, were born in November 1990 at MacMaster Hospital in Hamilton. Lynn was an extremely dedicated mother from the very first day of her children's life. 
After moving to Downey Road in her home town of Guelph, Lynn gave birth to Quentin Carl Kenneth in November 1993. The family attended Calvary Baptist Church in Guelph and Lynn was able to resume working part-time as a relief pharmacist at various pharmacies. Lynn's parents, Kenneth and Inez Hartung, and brother Mark Hartung were also in Guelph.
As Lynn and David raised their three children, Lynn was a busy mom with her children in participating in Awana, Sunday School, piano, gymnastics, trampoline, swimming, gymnastics, skating, hockey, running, baking, crafts, cooking, summer camp, rock climbing, water-skiing, camping, hiking and everything that she could do for her children. Most importantly, Lynn always prayed for her children. Lynn gave the family many happy memories of family vacations together within Ontario, the U.S., Cuba, camping and at her parents' cottage. Lynn was active in the school work of Courtney, Ashton and Quentin, with Ashton graduating from co-op accounting, Courtney pursuing dental hygienist school and Quentin pursuing software engineering. 
Lynn was an avid gardener. She got great pleasure from planning her gardens, diligently caring for the plants and expressing her creativity by photographing the beauty of her flowers. Her gardening dog, Zechariah, was always by her side.
In recent years, Lynn went back to work full-time as a pharmacist, most recently at Pioneer Park Pharmacy in Kitchener. David and Lynn are members of Parkwood Gardens Church in Guelph.  In 2010, Lynn went on a short-term mission to Guatemala with Missionary Ventures as a Pharmacist, providing health and pharmacy services to those in need.
With David, Lynn became an active runner in 1999, and an integral part of the running community.  Lynn participated in many races from 5K on up to the marathon distance. Lynn helped David as his 'Lovely and Talented Assistant' as he coached the Guelph Cross Trainers, The Runner's Boot Camp and The Guelph Victors.
In 2009, Lynn supported David in the task of building a unique house on Forest Street in Guelph. To complete that endeavor, they were able to move into the house in the last 2 weeks of her life.
In August 2010, Lynn was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer and promptly had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In February 2011, she was able to recover for 8 months before the cancer returned. The family was able to enjoy one final family vacation together on a cruise in 2011 before she resumed chemotherapy.
In August 2012, Lynn began losing the use of her right arm and leg. The words in her online blog chronicling her illness were an inspiration to so many people as her faith never wavered. The huge number of cards, flowers and gifts sent to Lynn during her treatment are a testament to how many people loved her.
Shortly before her death, Lynn was transferred to the Hospice and went on to 'the place prepared for her since the creation of the world' on April 22nd, 2013.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sorry for taking so long to update this blog.  My chemo choices have changed.  The experimental one is not available as of yet.  I am going back on Nab-paclixatel.  It has already started to work on some of the rash.  Which I am thankful for.  I have quite a bit of lymphadema in my right arm which is causing me pain.  I now have a compression sleeve and gauntlet, which seems to be helping.  I am now on pain medicine which gets me through the day and night.

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thank you

I am overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness of all my friends. Every day there was a package on our doorstep with a Christmas ornament, plant, or chocolate. THANK YOU so much. The ornaments are beautiful and I treasure them!

On another note the chemo has not been working on my skin metastasis so yesterday we switched chemos. I am praying that this one will stop the growth. The side effects are less so far so that is one positive.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light for my path. 

Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Juravinski Cancer Centre

Well on Tuesday we went to Hamilton to the Juravinksi Cancer Centre. It was decided that I do not need the gamma-knife radiation yet. We are going to try managing with dexamethasone for now. I had chemo on Friday.

No God, No Peace
Know God, Know Peace

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Well I have a brain MRI and the results show that the brain metastasis is growning. The whole brain radiation did not shrink it. I will be going to Hamilton for stereotactic radiation. It is a one time thing that is directed directly at the met. Hopefully that will shrink it!
Other than that I am still quit tired and not able to do much.

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for your overwhelming love, prayers and support. You are amazing friends!
I have now had 2 chemo and go back in 2 weeks. Today I had cisplatin and gemcitabine and so far feel fine as long as I take the meds to go with it.
This Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for. The kids will be home for some of the weekend and I am really looking forward to seeing all of them.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 100:4