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    Updated on Aug 22, 2020. Posted on Feb 27, 2014

    Comedian Live-Tweets Her Dying Father's Last Days

    LA-based comedian Laurie Kilmartin's father, who has lung cancer, checked into a hospice on Feb. 20.

    Kilmartin, who is a writer on Conan, has been live-tweeting from her father's bedside, sharing her family's experiences at a heartbreaking time.

    Surrounding our Dad with love and sarcasm.

    Dad now in hospice. I told Dad if he sees Chris Hitchens, inform him that women not being funny wasn't the only thing he was wrong about.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Dad now in hospice. I told Dad if he sees Chris Hitchens, inform him that women not being funny wasn't the only thing he was wrong about.

    09:22 AM - 20 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    For Valentine's Day, I got my Dad a gift card from JC Penney. I said, "Dad, I want this card to expire before you do."

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    For Valentine's Day, I got my Dad a gift card from JC Penney. I said, "Dad, I want this card to expire before you do."

    08:43 AM - 20 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Hard to leave Dad's side. I am drawn to him like a moth to a flame (that's about to go out)

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Hard to leave Dad's side. I am drawn to him like a moth to a flame (that's about to go out)

    08:17 AM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Dad can't talk, but if he could, I think he'd say, "You and your sister really messed up tonight's bed to chair transfer."

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Dad can't talk, but if he could, I think he'd say, "You and your sister really messed up tonight's bed to chair transfer."

    12:10 AM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Kilmartin has caught the attention of Twitter the past few days.

    Guys, @anylaurie16 is Live Tweeting taking care of her rapidly-dying-from-terminal-cancer dad and it is epic.

    Patton Oswalt@pattonoswalt

    Guys, @anylaurie16 is Live Tweeting taking care of her rapidly-dying-from-terminal-cancer dad and it is epic.

    11:03 PM - 25 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Losing Dad, gaining followers. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Losing Dad, gaining followers. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways.

    10:32 PM - 25 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Many of her tweets lightheartedly poke fun at her dad, who served in the Army during the Korean War.

    Dad has lung cancer. I offered to be Jesse to his Walt, but he didn't take me up on it.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Dad has lung cancer. I offered to be Jesse to his Walt, but he didn't take me up on it.

    12:45 AM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    True story. Found a letter from Dad. He was appalled I didn't have a prom date and he called the guys at my school "a bunch of bumblebees."

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    True story. Found a letter from Dad. He was appalled I didn't have a prom date and he called the guys at my school "a bunch of bumblebees."

    08:27 AM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Dad just let me turn on MSNBC during a Fox News commercial break. Time for Last Rites.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Dad just let me turn on MSNBC during a Fox News commercial break. Time for Last Rites.

    09:42 AM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Dad deploying his "I tired from cancer" excuse, leaving us to chat these boring visitors.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Dad deploying his "I tired from cancer" excuse, leaving us to chat these boring visitors.

    03:51 PM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Other times, she addresses the difficulty her family is going through with a spark of humor.

    Guys, I'm just trying to grieve in advance, so I can relax and have fun at the funeral.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Guys, I'm just trying to grieve in advance, so I can relax and have fun at the funeral.

    10:15 PM - 25 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    7 yo son asked how Grandpa got lung cancer. I said, "Well, he quit a long time ago, but for many many years, Grandpa played Minecraft."

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    7 yo son asked how Grandpa got lung cancer. I said, "Well, he quit a long time ago, but for many many years, Grandpa played Minecraft."

    08:38 AM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Every day, I set a new goal of not seeing Dad's genitals when I help him off the toilet.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Every day, I set a new goal of not seeing Dad's genitals when I help him off the toilet.

    10:57 PM - 25 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    For the first time, our suffer-in-silence Dad said his pain was a "10." Although that could've been because we were watching The View.

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    For the first time, our suffer-in-silence Dad said his pain was a "10." Although that could've been because we were watching The View.

    02:33 PM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Hospice said signs my Dad's body is shutting down: loss of appetite, loss of thirst and him looking me in the eye and calling me "handsome."

    Laurie Kilmartin@anylaurie16

    Hospice said signs my Dad's body is shutting down: loss of appetite, loss of thirst and him looking me in the eye and calling me "handsome."

    10:11 PM - 25 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And sometimes, she doesn't need to say anything at all.

    You can follow Laurie on Twitter here.

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