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8.08.2013

A New Angel

This post isn't a funny one. I try to avoid being too serious on the blog. I hate to be Debbie Downer. But, try as you might, you can't always get away from life. And life gets pretty damn serious sometimes, doesn't it?

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:

  1. Go give some hugs. Hug your family, your babies, anyone. You just never know. 
  2. 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.


3 comments:

Sue Diamond-Phillips said...

So devastating. It really sticks with you (as it should) - my heart goes out to her family and friends. We only have ONE life - we really need to care for ourselves and others with that in mind all the time. (((hugs)))

Lissie said...

You hit the nail on the head with that comment, Sue. Life is too short.

Martha Linskey said...

So sad,....but of course "This could not happen to me or anyone I know" Wake up and pay attention, it can.