I just got an e-mail informing me of the passing of a dear friend and breast cancer sister whom I met online in 2004–05, when I was going through treatment for my primary BC. Susan and I met through her cousin, who lived here in SoCal and participated with Marvin and me in the local art walk exhibits. When I got my diagnosis, this friend told me about her cousin in New York, also diagnosed at the same time.
We started communicating right away and remained in touch until she retired from her job at one of the big hospitals in NYC. After that we lost touch. She did not die of mBC but a rare blood disorder. I am so sad to learn about this. She was one of the most delightful human beings I have ever known. We wrote so much in our e-mail exchanges until one day we both wrote simultaneously, I don’t even know what you look like. We sent each other photos through snail mail since neither of us had FaceBook accounts then. Susan always made me feel safer and more secure about whatever was going to happen, or not, with or without cancer. She had a beauty that transcended the distance between, always reaching out and touching my heart with her charm and spiritual grace.
Susan was a gentle soul with a lively sense of humor an ingenuous spirit that will forever remain in my memory. Rest in peace, my dear sister.
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