Saturday, January 30, 2016

Local Saturday - Goodbye to An Average Superwoman

Farewell, Sandi Tuttle, an Average Superwoman.  You were anything but average.

I cybermet you at the very first Author Blog Challenge in June of 2012 (along with several other awesome writers who also became my Facebook friends).  I won a prize from you - a T Shirt that said "If I have wings, why can't I fly?" (For those not of a certain age, that refers to, umm, certain flaps that develop under your arms.  Don't smirk.  You'll see.)

You gave me my 30 minutes of fame.

You interviewed me for your Internet radio show, where you talked with me about one of my passions, community gardening.  I thank you for the opportunity to get the word out about community gardening and local food growing.

Meanwhile, you were doing so much more in your community.  You fought the good fight against bullying and battled against the fashion industry tears down women's self image.  You made wraps for people with breast cancer.  You declared your intentions to one day write a book.  You called yourself an Average Superwoman.

Through your blog and Facebook, I felt that I knew you, even though we never met.

And then, you were diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. 

At one point you blogged about a tenacious leaf you looked at, outside your chemo room, and how it clung on despite everything the winter weather could throw its way.  Another time, you blogged about losing your mojo.  When the infrequent Author Blog Challenge started up this past September, you tried to participate - this was your last post.

I learned about your death earlier this week the way so many of us do nowadays - through Facebook.

Today, we mourn you, Sandi Tuttle, a way Above Average Superwoman.

Cancer sucks.

19 comments:

  1. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Sandy, but she seems like an extraordinary woman. Thank you for honoring her memory with this post, Alana.

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  2. Condolence for your loss, Alana. Death of a fellow traveler is never easy to deal with hugs.

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  3. A lovely tribute. Thank you for writing about your friend.

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  4. i always grieve when the world loses a person like this lady.

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  5. Words are at times short to convey the feeling. My deepest condolances. . .May her soul rest in peace. Noble of you to pay her the tribute by your honest words !!!

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  6. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. You wrote a beautiful tribute to her.

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  7. So sad to see this. It still awes me, even after seven years of blogging, the bonds that develop across the many miles. A loss to the world.

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  8. Enjoyed this thank you for sharing

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  9. Susan V. Tuttle WhaleyJanuary 30, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tribute to Sandi Tuttle, my sister-in-law and my friend. She did so many amazing things with her life. I wish she had had time to write her book. I know it would have been a good read, as were her other writings.

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    1. I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

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    2. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to friends and family. Words fail me.


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  10. Beautiful tribute! I hate cancer, too - it took both of my parents, other relatives, and some friends.

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  11. Sorry to hear about Sandi! I see how she made herself memorable. While we may not be able to fight situations, our actions live for ever. A befitting tribute!

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  12. It's always sad to lose a friend.

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  13. While I never met Sandi, it sounds like she had an amazing impact. I'm sorry I never had the privilege.

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  14. Our world is less for losing this not so average superwoman

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  15. Sad news, but she had the tenacity and courage to write. Something I will remember as I get "stuck."

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