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I received some very sad news about the holistic doctor I've been seeing during my raw journey. Dr. Amy Ruth Stine died Saturday after a rock climbing accident. This news breaks my heart. Dr. Stine was an amazing woman and doctor. She was extremely intelligent, acutely in tune with how we are all connected and one, compassionate, loving, thoughtful, and had a gift of really getting to know each patient as an individual and friend.

It was with Dr. Stine's care that I was able to track my progress with the raw food diet. She encouraged me to follow my instincts (which were telling me that raw is the way), cheered me on with the many changes that I was going through (physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally) over the years, and told me many times that I inspired her! Imagine how wonderful that made me feel---to be inspiring someone as wonderful as Dr. Stine.

I shared so much about myself with her, things that took me a much longer time to share with my therapist. She called me a Shaman, and encouraged me to realize what a special person I am. In Dr. Stine's care, I really felt like she connected with me on a deeper level, truly cared about me as an individual and friend. I don't doubt that she'll be missed by many, many people. She was an amazing woman and doctor.

Original Comments

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On October 15, 2008, Moms Raw wrote:

My sweet friend. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will continue the work in you and continue to empower others as she so lovingly empowered you.
Blessings my sweet,

Angela

On October 16, 2008, Yardsnacker wrote:

So sad! You must have had a great relationship. ((((Wendi))))

On October 15, 2008, Pixywinks wrote:

Oh I'm so sorry sweetie. It's terribly hard to lose such a dear friend with whom you've shared so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hugs! XO
P. Lis

On October 16, 2008, langelbleu wrote:

Wendi,
I am sending you big hugs & wishes for softness & sweetness to your aching heart.
I can only imagine how devastating this loss has been for you, not only have you lost a dear friend, you also lost a physician worth her weight in gold. (As a capricorn loss tends to bring out my pragmatism.)
I sincerely hope that dear memories may bring you comfort in time and that Spirit guides you towards a new relationship with a holistic doctor that can be an amazing orange to Dr Amy Ruth's perfect apple.

On October 16, 2008, Faye wrote:

*hugs you tight*

On October 16, 2008, Jim Dee wrote:

She was a GREAT doctor. Wendi had to wait a long time to see her, as Dr. Stine had a waiting list a mile long -- another testament to her character. Quite a shock to the entire community in these parts, and likely far beyond.

On October 16, 2008, joannaRawTN wrote:

Sending much love.... xoxo

On October 17, 2008, randomguru wrote:

*HUGS* i really don't know what to say... I'm so sorry to hear you lost such a caring and wonderful doctor. I think that is very rare indeed. But her spirit lives on..... on towards another journey....

On October 24, 2008, WendiDee wrote:

All of your comments were very sweet and helpful to me. Thank you!

I love all of you!

Wendi
XOXOXO