Thursday, November 29, 2012

I am not trying to denigrate our efforts with this post. We are trying to be healthy and improve our lives. But sometimes things happen in the world around me that makes all this take a back seat.

About two years ago, a wonderful young woman graduated from the college where I teach. She died last night after fighting a losing battle with breast cancer. I hate cancer. This post will be a little rambling, so I apologize in advance. Stephanie Suratos was in my life briefly and peripherally, but her loss has shaken me to the core. For all the people who want to say "everything happens for a reason," please refrain from saying that to me. Her final post on facebook was "I love life." She truly did. She burned with a zest for life that ignited e...veryone around her. She was an artist. Her photographs are amazing. She was a friend. I listened to so many students yesterday telling stories about how she had touched their lives, held them up, inspired them, made them better people for knowing her. She didn't see obstacles; she saw opportunities. This young woman started her own advertising agency and was its head designer. When I think of her, I will always see in my mind the picture of her and Adam in the car, their beloved dog between them, her beautiful long hair blowing in the wind, and the most joyful expression on her face as she looked forward, always forward. Our hearts are broken because you are gone from us, but we know that you are already on your way to your next great adventure. Go with love. Part of you will remain in our hearts forever.

As she lay dying, I was transporting two dogs from our local kill shelter to a rescue/rehab group three and a half hours away. These dogs had been woefully neglected. They were seized because they had been kept in a small, dark, enclosed space where they lay in their own waste and the owner threw them scraps of food when he/she remembered to do so. Both dogs have been in the shelter for months and people had been working to gain their trust. They are still terrified of human beings. During the entire trip, they never uttered a sound. They don't want to call attention to themselves. It took two of us just to transfer them from one pet carrier to another. I hope this is the beginning of a better life for them. There are so many abandoned, neglected, abused animals at high kill shelters this time of year. They may not see another Christmas. If you are looking for a companion who will love you forever, visit your local shelter. Save a life.

Please remember how precious life is. Nurture it and celebrate it. Love to all my spark friends.
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    So sorry for your loss. Stephanie sounds like such an amazing young woman. You were so lucky to have known her. The vision of her in the car with Andy and their dog...hold on to that. What a beautiful memory. Yes, life can be cruel. I'm watching Alzheimer's take over my mother and it rips my heart out.

    I have two kitties I rescued 10 years ago. One is now 18 and the other about 11 1/2. I'm a firm believer in adoption. I can't understand how humans can be so cruel to these animals that only ask for love and caring. I hate to call them human!

    Sending hugs your way.

    Mary Anne
    1910 days ago
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    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss; there is just no explaining why things happen they way they do. You have honoured her memory by recalling her zest for life, and reminding us to cherish each moment. Thank you.

    And thank you too for reminding everyone to consider gathering a rescue dog into their families.
    1910 days ago
    I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend, it is never easy especially this time of the year to lose someone you love.
    Glad you were able to transport the neglected dogs to a better place. I, too, wish many people would adopt from shelters and rescue groups.

    Thank you for sharing this blog with us. emoticon emoticon
    1910 days ago
    I'm so sorry for your loss!! I wish things did happen for a reason, but life can be cruel and unfair. Don't mourn the loss of your friend, rather celebrate her life and the beauty she found in life through her photographs. Revel in the fact that you were lucky enough to have had your life touched by such a good soul, even if for a short time. Remember that we are all born with the same incurable disease. It's a little thing called Life. None of us beats it and there is no cure. It is 100% fatal. But the others whose lives we touch and who touch ours, makes the journey to the inevitable worth while. Celebrate your friend's life. Celebrate all the ways she's touched your life.
    1910 days ago
    I am so very sorry for you loss. I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain, but I know that's not the case. An event like this truly does put things into perspective. My husband's (and our dobe's) diagnosis of cancer has changed everything in our lives and made us truly understand what is important to us. This is why I now tell everyone to try to find some joy every day in life because we never know what tomorrow will bring. Tell those that are special to you how much you love them and hold them close.
    Also, thank you so much for your help in getting those two poor dogs out of the kill shelter. I actually posted a blog yesterday that also addresses this very issue. I hope they are able to find loving homes where they can learn to trust and love humans.

    Cindy emoticon
    1910 days ago

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