Monday, August 20, 2012
My good SparkFriend, NICOLE12-01 lost her battle with breast cancer yesterday. Nicole was so dear to me even though I never met her in person. We went through so many of the same milestones at the same time. We both lost over 100 lbs at around the same time, we did C25K together and ran our first half marathons on the same day. She delivered her beautiful little girl 3 months before I delivered mine. We both had strained relationships with our moms. We both gained more weight than we wanted to during our pregnancies. Only she got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer when the lump she thought was a clogged duct from breastfeeding turned out to be a malignant tumor.
Her last blog details what a fighter she was and the battle she was determined to win:
My heart aches for her husband Matt and her beautiful 11-month old daughter Adelyn. The past few months we kept in touch mostly by playing Words With Friends and chatting about our daughters and every game I'd have to get up the nerve to ask how she was doing, and she was always so strong and determined, but knew that she was in for the fight of her life, especially when chemotherapy stopped working.
I'll miss you, Nicole. I remember how proud we both were on October 3, 2010 when we finished 13.1 miles "together." I remember how proud you were to become a mom to that gorgeous baby girl in September 2011. And I will never ever forget that you never gave up. I know that you are no longer suffering. I know that you are in a better place. And I know you will be missed by so many.