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Patti Blagojevich: ‘Aching hole in our lives’ while husband is in prison

Updated: April 17, 2013 6:08AM

Patti Blagojevich said her husband, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is “surviving” in prison.

One year ago Friday, he began his 14-year prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado. He was convicted of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat — an appointment opportunity the former governor famously described as “f------ golden.”

Patti Blagojevich took to her Facebook page Friday and wrote, “A year ago today, Rod left for Denver. I cannot call it the one year anniversary as the word anniversary implies celebration and all that we have been left with is an aching hole in our lives. On one hand it has flown by so quickly. The girls and I are so busy with the daily tasks of living and working and going to school that one week seems to flow right into the next. On the other hand though, when you measure how much Rod has missed — the birthdays, holidays, Amy [a daughter] passing her driving test, the musical recitals and even just the ordinary moments at breakfast time before the girls leave for school, the loss feels all consuming. Unfortunately, those [moments] have been stolen from my children and there is no getting them back.”

“We speak with Rod every day. We have visited many times. He is surviving — trying to make the best of an untenable situation. He teaches a class on the Civil War, is learning to play the guitar and runs miles and miles around the quarter-mile track that is available to him. But what really gets him through is our visits and the faith that in the end this tremendous injustice will be righted. That we will be a family together again soon. Our attorneys are working diligently on the appeal. Unfortunately, it is very time consuming. We won’t have any answers for at least six more months. But we are very hopeful and truly believe that good things are worth waiting for. The last year has been hard, but we made it. I don’t know if we could have with out the support of all our friends, relatives, tremendous school teachers, and the support of all of you on Facebook. Thank you. It means the world to all of us.”

Patti Blagojevich signed the post “Patti b.”

She could not be reached. An attorney for her husband did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The former governor’s lawyers have until mid-April to file an appellate brief.

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