Tomorrow marks the nine month anniversary of my friend leaving this Earth all too soon. May she be at peace, but, knowing her, she is probably talking up a storm (and teaching everyone she meets) in that next plane of existence.
And, no doubt, she will be crocheting and knitting.
She is not forgotten.
In July of 2015, in her final months, I blogged this:
The Full Measure of Courage
I want to repeat a post I wrote a couple of years ago about that friend. I've blogged about her several times over the years, have posted pictures of her Brooklyn garden, but have never quite thanked her for her loyal readership.
That friend needs all our thoughts right now, as she is engaged in her own battle with a relentless illness. Her spouse, who I also wrote about below, has been the most wonderful caregiver to her, both when he battled his own cancer, and now. Both my friend and her spouse have shown incredible courage in these years of trial for them.
I wanted them to know they are not forgotten, as they both demonstrate the full measure of courage.
So here is a post from the summer of 2013, when my friend, already undergoing chemo, sent an email to friends and family:
As one of my other friends from childhood said "cancer and children should never be in the same sentence." In fact, I know someone whose grandson is battling pediatric leukemia right now. [2016 update; he remains in remission.] I think what my friend has done is so beautiful and I hope you will send encouragement to her and her husband in the comments.
My original post follows:
"The spouse of my friend in Brooklyn has to spend a lot of time in doctor's offices to be treated for a medical condition. My friend normally comes with him and waits for him while he has his treatment - sometimes waiting an hour (or even more).
Out of boredom, she started to do her needlework while waiting.
She does beautiful crocheting and knitting work - and, recently, has been working on projects for pediatric oncology patients.
I crochet but I do not knit, and I wanted to show off her work because I know quality work when I see it. I think the work, and the cause, is fantastic.
A crocheted blanket and some knit hats.
Aren't these beautiful? (Lately, she has had some yarn donated to her but I suspect enough of these projects were done using her own money.) We have the cliche "lemons out of lemonade" - this is about as lemony as you can get.
I've done a handful of crocheting for charity but never anything like this."
So again: Thank you, dear friend, for allowing me to publish a post how awesome you are.