On Saturday, my amazing friend, Katie passed away from a very short struggle with gastric cancer. The past few months have truly been a blur as we, her friends have been trying to navigate thru the murky waters of possibly having to live life without her. Something that none of us ever imagined we would be facing. She always seemed invincible to us and was definitely our ring leader to some pretty fun and crazy times. I spent Saturday afternoon at her house with her husband and daughters, she had a few setbacks a week or so ago, where we knew that the end was very near.We sat around her kitchen table drinking coffee and telling Katie stories - she was the Lucille Ball of our life - the I Love Lucy version. Never a dull moment and usually whatever went on, ended with alot of laughter. She was very feisty, opinionated, yet would go to the ends of the earth to make sure everyone was having a great time. When we had friends come out for the weekends, she would organize outings for us all and take us to some very cool out of the way places that a normal tourist would never find. My favorite times with her were when we were just having coffee, taking a walk or having our monthly dinners. When I left her on Saturday afternoon, I knew in my heart that would be the last time I saw her as she had been in a deep sleep for several days. Later that night, I got the call from her daughter that she was gone. My heart broke in that instant.
In the wee hours of the morning, I posted a message on my Facebook to let our friends know that she was gone. My niece read it and texted me at 3 am. She was pregnant and although she wasn't due for another week, I begged her to please have this baby soon as I needed some happy instead of all of this sadness. Her text said that she was going to have a happy ending for me this weekend as her labor had begun. I was awake the rest of the night. As my friends woke up and read my Facebook status an amazing thing happened - Stories, photos, video's of all of our fun times with Katie starting appearing on everyone's pages and we became a community sharing our grief together with a lot of love and laughter. So many people with various stories of how their lives have been forever changed because of her friendship - it was such a wonderful and beautiful thing to be a part of.
The happy ending to this story is that this evening, my niece gave birth to another baby boy. Mason is a big brother to little Hudson. It has been a surreal weekend witnessing the true circle of life. I am completely drained but feel very peaceful that my friend, Katie is no longer in any pain and extremely happy for my niece, Christy, her husband Kevin and their adorable little boys. Below is a photo of Mason and Hudson side by side. Mason is now 2 years old, tell me if you don't think these two are lookalikes. Mason is on the left and Hudson on the right.
Katie's family is doing amazingly well. Her 21 year old daughter is
my hero, watching how lovingly she cared for her mother these past
few months - such a beautiful thing! If you would do me a favor
and please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, I would
truly appreciate your kindness. Thank you so much!
Hold your loved ones close and enjoy each moment!