Christine had suffered for so many years from adhesions caused as a result of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) nine years ago. Over those 9 years she tried valiently to find help for herself; but was not able to find a doctor who would believe her - or a doctor who would give her the right kind of help.
Her adhesiolysis (surgery for adhesions) in October 1999 was the beginning of her declining health which led to the final surgery from which she was unable to survive - because of her very serious physical condition. Christine died on Tuesday January 6, 2000. May she now rest in peace!
In life - Christine was not able to find the help she desperately needed for her adhesion-related disease (ARD); but perhaps as a result of her untimely death, this will have an impact on people around the world - who post messages at the International Adhesions Society - to learn as much as they can about their medical condition and then take whatever steps are necessary to seek out the best medical/surgical help which is available to them!
"Knowledge is strength in a doctor/patient relationship!!"
[ NOTE ] To read Beverly's tribute in behalf of Christine:
1. Click: Adhesions Quilt at the top of this web page.
2. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and click: last name
3. Scroll down to her name: Christine Buelteman