Suggestions Sought for What Might Be Wife's Last Visit

Debbie Gibson with her service dogs, Madigan and Lily, at Montauk Point during their last visit to East Hampton. Jim Gibson

Among the correspondence in The Star's letters to the editor this week is a message from a man in Ohio who hopes to make an annual visit to East Hampton later this month particularly special for his ailing wife, and he is hoping for suggestions from those who know the area best.

Jim Gibson wrote that their next visit may be their last chance to travel here. His wife, Debbie, suffers from scleroderma and is facing complications.

In his letter, Mr. Gibson said, "My wife, Debbie, loves the restaurants, farmers markets, the beaches, everything about the South Fork. My hope is that the locals can give me some pointers, other ideas, and places the locals congregate — she would love this."

To send in an idea, readers can send letters to The Star at P.O. Box 5002, East Hampton, 11937, or email to editor@ehstar.com with "Debbie Gibson" in the subject line. Registered readers can also leave suggestions in the comments section here.

Below is Mr. Gibson's letter as it appeared in The Star on Aug. 7:

It May Be Our Last
     Loveland, Ohio
     July 30, 2014
Dear Editor:
     I am hoping that the locals reading this paper will help me make a memorable trip this year for my wife. Some of you we probably have met the past couple summers when we visited East Hampton, with my wife’s two service dogs in tow. The entire town has always been so gracious and accommodating to all of us, and this year I would like our annual visit to my wife’s physician in New York City and then our visit to East Hampton to be extraordinarily special, because it may be our last.
     As many of you have seen us and commented on our service dogs, you know my wife has scleroderma and has battled it for several years. Unfortunately, she is now facing another diagnosis, and has been referred to neurologists to rule out several nerve diseases (A.L.S., Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). Since I am not sure how these new symptoms will impact her already complicated history with scleroderma, I really want to make this a spectacular trip.
     My wife, Debbie, loves the restaurants, farmers markets, the beaches, everything about the South Fork. My hope is that the locals can give me some pointers, other ideas, and places the locals congregate — she would love this.
     If letters could be posted to The East Hampton Star, I would really appreciate all your valuable insights. We are planning on a week at the end of August.
     Thank you,
     JIM GIBSON

 


Comments

Dinner at Harbor Bistro at sunset. A stroll through Long House Gardens (if she can walk or be pushed with a wheelchair). Lunch at Gosman's, either at Topside or the serve-yourself open terrace, so you can watch the boats come and go. A visit to the Animal Rescue Fund to see the cats and kittens and doggies, to fill your heart with their love. Sitting outdoors at the American Legion Hall in Sag Harbor to listen to the community band play in the evening. Watch the East Hampton fireworks the last weekend in August at Main Beach. Sit at the Duck Pond in East Hampton and feed the ducks...or watch children feed the ducks.