She’s gone…

My cousin’s heroic battle against MS & leukemia ended last evening.

To the end she maintained her cheery disposition and displayed remarkable courage. Her struggles are a lifetime lesson to us as her bravery was of the highest order.

Thank you, Cheryl, for wanting to be a mother so badly you refused to allow any doctor to put the words “Multiple Sclerosis” in your medical record until Cam’s adoption was final.

Thank you for all of the funny e-mails you sent.

Thank you for looking at my Dad’s Playboys with me when we were kids, and for explaining a few things to a doe-eyed seven year old. As Deb said, isn’t it ironic that with all the looksies we did at those magazines, none of us wound up with a Playboy body?

Thank you for teaching me the value of disability insurance. I’m so glad yours made your life easier.

Thank you for being the only one of my cousins to come to my wedding, even though you were the one with the most reasons not to.

Thank you for being so honest and open with me these last months. I feel so honored to have been on the receiving end not of smalltalk and platitudes, but of your real emotions, real life and death issues, and real warmth.

Thank you, Cheryl, for being such an inspirational woman.

I love you, Cher. You will be remembered for how you lived. Valiantly.

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7 Responses to “She’s gone…”

  1. Patty Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Cammie Says:

    I was very sorry (and sad) to hear about your cousin. Much love…

  3. Deborah Says:

    That was beautiful. Many virtual *hugs* to you and your family.

  4. Emily Says:

    Many P&PT to you and your family at this time. Hugs!

  5. Mrs. Micah Says:

    That’s a lovely tribute, but I’m sorry for the occasion. I’m sure she knew how much you loved her (coming to your wedding, etc). I hope her memory will always be happy for you, at least once this initial shock is past.

  6. Sheri Says:

    I’m so sorry. Sounds like she was a wonderful person. Hugs and prayers for your family.

  7. Funny about Money Says:

    How gracious and beautiful. I’m so sorry that you and your family have lost this good person.


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