I knew a girl in college. She was funny, smart, and very sweet. I can't actually picture her without a smile on her face. She had some serious perma-grin going on. She and I lost touch after college. I haven't seen her since. But, thanks to the joys of social media, I learned a few months ago that she was in some trouble.
A mutual friend on Facebook shared a link to a fundraiser. This girl's family was trying to raise money for some experimental treatment. Apparently, in July of 2012, she had a mole removed from her leg that turned out to be melanoma. After much fighting and many treatments (experimental and otherwise), she passed away yesterday.
Like I said before, I haven't seen her since college. But this has rocked me. She was 35 just like me. And she had to say goodbye to her three young children. I just can't get that out of my head. The mother in me is completely devastated. I just don't know how anyone can possibly face the idea of leaving their children behind.
My only comfort in this situation is my belief system. I believe - very strongly - that she is now an angel able to be with her husband and children forever. I know she will watch over them and guide them. Heaven just gained an amazing angel in Casey.
The lesson here is two-fold:
- Go give some hugs. Hug your family, your babies, anyone. You just never know.
- Get your skin checked. Seriously. Schedule an appointment today. Let Casey's story raise awareness of how serious this disease is. Get your skin checked and wear your sunscreen.