Sunday, October 2, 2011

In Memory of A Special Friend

October 2, 2011 is Livestrong Day,  sponsored by Lance Armstrong's foundation.  Today is a day to help raise awareness of cancer and offer support to those who live with it daily.  Over 23 million people in the US live with cancer and my dear friend Emily was one of them.

Emily  was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago.She endured surgery, chemo and radiation only to have cancer return the following year in her spine.  It came back each year after that to her brain.  Emily took things in stride and resumed life as usual after each treatment.  She had two brain surgeries, plus multiple rounds of chemo and radiation.  She finally succumbed last weekend at the age of 55, leaving behind her husband and a teen age daughter.

Emily was my hero and inspiration.  No matter what she went through, she lived her life to the fullest, never complaining.  She was a talented artist, devoted mom, loving wife, sister, daughter, loyal friend, great cook, incredible interior decorator, supportive cancer center volunteer, avid animal lover, especially horses, gifted gardener, kind and dedicated special needs children's tutor, art teacher, and children's book author and illustrator.

I loved to shop with her at thrift stores and antique malls. Emily was so creative that she could see endless possibilities for an ordinary object.  She expanded my mind constantly!

She was the funniest person I know and kept her sense of humor thought it all.  She could make us howl hysterically with laughter, tears streaming down our faces with her hilarious stories about the minute details of everyday life from her perspective. Her special symbol was a dragonfly and she collected them in jewelry, art and crafts.  When I see a dragonfly, I always think of Emily.   The world will be a lot less brighter now that this lovely bright light has gone out.  Until we meet again Em!


Odie Langley said...

So sorry to know of your loss as we are still grieving the death of Linda's Nephew Brad. Linda is sitting for the two children, Ashley 5 & Damion 9 as their mother has been institutionalized for taking 120 Zanex over a 3 day period. So you see my friend there is prayer needed all over the place. I just posted about my Aunt Katie who is in the hospital as well. Didn't mean to dump on you but we are suffering as well. Remembering you in our prayers.

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

Sounds like those who knew her have suffered a great loss, I'm so sorry for all of you.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

My sympathies. How wonderful that you were her friend.

gaias daughter said...

The world is definitely poorer for her passing. Thank you for sharing a bit of her with all of us -- may we all be inspired to live life more fully, to laugh more often, to see the possibilities in what others cast off, and to meet our fate with courage and dignity. Namaste.

Louvregirl said...

My sister Debbie's birthday just passed (October 1) and your friend Emily's struggle made me think of my sis. She battled cancer for 15 years (diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30.) She endured a mastectomy and chemo (chemo three times.) She lost her hair 3 times. She never complained about her 'plight' as I recall and continued working as an R.N. until just weeks before she passed away. I always wince a bit when I hear that someone is 'clear' from cancer...(although I do hope for the best for people.) My own sister was 'clear' 8 years when they discovered cancer in her bones, spine and lungs...and finally then,in her brain. I do rejoice in knowing that she now has wings and does not (now)inhabit a body diseased in any manner ...but I miss her. She could read my mind. God bless you as you daily, face the loss, here, of your lovely friend.

Elizabeth said...

(((((here's a hug to you))))) What a lovely story and tribute to your dear friend.


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