Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I lost a very dear friend today to cancer. We went to high school together and lost touch over the years. We reconnected through Facebook and during her journey fighting cancer this past year we have grown closer. We spoke weekly, sometimes daily. She was the sweetest, strongest woman I have ever known. Her sweet smile never left, she was always upbeat and positive about fighting the cancer. Even when all her hair fell out she laughed and showed off wigs and hats, making me smile and laugh with her. She thought she had beat the odds. She changed her diet, did everything that you're told to do. But the cancer won. Recently we found out that it was back and nothing could be done. While I cried and railed against this horrible disease, my beautiful friend took it in stride and said she was going to live each day to the fullest and she did. I sent her a Christmas card and she was so excited about getting it. I'm so happy I did that small gesture because now she is gone. I will miss her smile, her laughter and her courage. Rest in Peace, my dear Gretchen. I will think of you often and with love.