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Michaeleen Franklin, Tucson AZ SGL, has died in a plane crash

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  • Michaeleen Franklin, Tucson AZ SGL, has died in a plane crash

    I am absolutely devastated to share that Michaeleen ("Mike") Franklin, her husband Jim and a niece passed away tragically last week in a plane crash in Arizona. Their private plane was attempting to land at Sedona Airport and was on final approach when it suddenly crashed into a cliff. The Sedona airport is one of the most legendary in the USA for its beauty and its trickiness. It lies above the city on a large mesa and is surrounded by steep cliffs. Their funeral is this Monday morning at 9:30 AM in Tucson.

    Mike was a friend. She was a colleague. She was an inspiration and the embodiment of an IC legend. Why?? She WAS, undeniably, the longest running IC support group leader in the USA, having started her group in the early 1980's. I can think of noone else in the country with that level of consistency and determination. She cared about patients and she kept her group running (with the help of many others over the years) to serve patients in Arizona. There were periods when her group was the only IC support group in the Southwest.

    I liked her because she was honest with me. I could call her and ask for her opinion and she'd give it to me straight out. I respected her work. I respected her insight into the needs of IC patients. I admired her compassion and dedication. What a woman... What a hero.... A true IC Angel!

    We will be looking for a special way to honor Mike in the future... and for those of you who knew her personally, would appreciate any insight you mmight have to offer on how we can do this. We will, of course, try to help keep her legacy alive in Arizona as well.

    Please share your thoughts and condolences here!

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  • #2
    I am so sorry to hear this.
    All my thoughts and and condolences to all of their family..
    Thinking positive has got me through to another day!!


    • #3
      I will pray for this family and for you

      I am so sorry about the Lost of your friend.
      May GOD give you strength to get threw this time.
      Prayers and hugs.
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      • #4
        That's so very sad.

        Stay safe

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        • #5
          How Awful

          Oh what horrible news to wake up to. I am sure she will be remembered by all those in her support group as someone who was unselfish enough to share her illness and coping strategies with everyone. So sorry for you Jill


          • #6
            My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family, as well as our IC community.

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            • #7
              I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with their family and friends.


              • #8
                This is so tragic. I am so sorry that we have lost such a great woman, her husband and her niece. (((Hugs))) on their way to you, Jill and for the family who are left behind.

                Jill...You asked for suggestions as to how to honor her. How about dedicating the "Interstitial Cystitis Support Group List-USA & Canada" Board on the "Meet Others by Region (USA) Forum to her?

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                • #9
                  Sending thoughts to their family and friends.

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                  • #10
                    My thoughts are with her family and friends at this tough time...

                    *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
                    *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
                    *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
                    *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

                    **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


                    • #11
                      That is so awful! I feel so terrible for their loved ones. I would like to send my condolences to their families, friends, and to you for the loss of your dear friend. I also send my condolences to those in her support group. The IC Community has truly lost a wonderful, compassionate friend.

                      I think Sharon's suggestion is a wonderful idea. Since Michaeleen was so committed to supporting other IC patients, I think that would be a meaningful way to honor her.

                      My thoughts and prayers are with you, their family and all those who loved them.

                      Sending hugs,


                      • #12
                        hugs and prayers
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                          • #14
                            A terrible loss to us all!
                            Prayers & hugs to er friends and family.
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                            • #15
                              How sad.

                              Sending prayers to her friends and family.

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