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Mike Smith

Hi everyone. It’s Eric Bonetti, editor of Anglican Watch.

As you know, I’m not great at self-disclosure. But I wanted to let you know I am leaving our dedicated volunteers in charge for a few days and making myself scarce.

My husband, Mike Smith, whom I adore, got a heart transplant in late November. Recently, he tipped into the early stages of rejection. And his biological family is, well, complicated and not always respectful of boundaries.

In fact, at no point in the related discourse have I seen family members recognize that there are two people, and only two in this marriage, and that both are having a rough go of it.

While I’m glad the rejection was spotted early on, which means it’s likely treatable, Mike’s profoundly weak, and I am frightened.

Part of me is dying inside as I think about the possibility of losing him, and since I have no other family, I feel painfully alone and scared in ways that I can’t even put into words.

I don’t know that I can deal with possibly losing Mike after more than 27 years together.

For those so inclined, I’d welcome your prayers, good thoughts, positive vibes or healing karma.

As always, thank you for joining me and the rest of the AW staff on our journey as we explore abuse, exploitation, and other issues in the Episcopal Church and other faith organizations.


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