Today my friend passed away peacefully. She was diagnosed with some pretty invasive cancer last January but I really thought she’d pull thru. She was so robust with a booming laugh and a carefree attitude. She always reminded me of a woman lumberjack. It seemed to me there was no way cancer was going to claim her. Her chemo was going great and she was looking better every time I saw her.
I found out two weeks ago that the cancer had moved to her brain and she was within days of the end. I got angry and railed against everything but then I realized I was only missing out on the last of our precious time together. We spent one our last visits sitting on her treasured porch chatting just like we used to when I lived in the camper park.
And then, just like that, the cancer claimed her. I said goodbye to her as she got ready to go to hospice for the last time. Just like that, our visits on the porch were over. Just like that, she’s gone away and left us to continue on. We struggle to move forward, blinded by tears, to wrap up loose ends and put things to rest.
Our lives have been richer for knowing this bear of a woman who laughed easily and took life on the fly. She’s gone on now to wait for us. Save a hug for me, Vicky!