To the Family, Friends, Patients and Colleagues of Dr. DeMerrell:
It has been difficult to sit down and write this as I can't stop crying whenever I think about the loss you must all be suffering. My daughter, Megan, became his patient 5 yrs. ago when she was 17. After spending her life being sick all the time and having docs treat her as if she was depressed or hormonal, Dr. DeMerrell was able to determine that her illnesses were complicated by an improperly functioning immune system. What a relief!! We weren't crazy after all!! Ultimately, we only saw him a few times but if was quite comforting to "understand" why Megan was always sick. It also empowered us to manage her condition better. Last year, Megan suffered a Serious Life Threatening Event and during the crisis, I had called his office to get records forwarded to me. Not only did I get the records promptly, Dr DeMerrell called me at home personally a few weeks later to "check" on Megan's recovery but also answer any questions we might have. He only saw her maybe fewer than six times!! The doctors who saw her regularly NEVER spent that kind of time with her!!
In addition, Megan's father became disabled three years ago and as we've had to "fight" to get his diagnosis (he also has a "rare" condition), and disability, we have had the unfortunate necessity to seek treatment and care from MANY providers and I can assure you (as if you didn't already know) that Dr. DeMerrell was a RARE practitioner and indeed, a "special" man.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you whose lives have been affected by his passing but mostly my thoughts are with his patients who relied on him and his wife and children. As the years go by, I hope that these remembrances as well as the many remembrances you all have of him will help fill the void for his children as they try to "know" their father.
Megan and I had just been to see him about a month before his passing. We we supposed to follow-up in December. We should all be reminded by these things that life can be cut short in an instant and to be "present" in the moment, something Dr. DeMerrell always was when we saw him. For that, we thank him.