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Thursday, March 10, 2011


One of my online friends said it well tonight. Don't ever let anyone tell you that online friends aren't just as close and loved as ones you know in person.

Myself and several other online girlfriends just found out tonight that a dear friend passed away a few days ago. Karen was one of my bloglinks for many years, and it was just recently that I deleted that link as she had stopped blogging and was fulltime on Facebook.

About 6 years ago Karen found out she had breast cancer. She fought a hard and tough battle, and we all went through it "with her", as much as one can online. When after a couple of years she was well again and in the clear, we celebrated with her. She had the best sense of humour and kept us in stitches. God I miss her already.

When my own sister Brenda found out she had breast cancer 2 years ago, Karen started emailing her to give her support, and she didn't even know her. Brenda returned the love when Karen's cancer metastasised in her bones several months ago. Since then Karen has been fighting the battle again, and a few days ago she was experiencing some tummy issues and went into the hospital. While there she developed pneumonia, and her family says that she passed peacefully with them at her side.

We're all heartbroken and feeling shattered. Karen was a force among us and we'll miss her for always. She inspired us, and taught us how never to give up.

This isn't about me, so please don't feel that you need to lend comfort. But if you are of a mind to, say a prayer or send some love vibes to Karen and to her grieving husband and children. And remember that online friendships are just as precious as our "real life" ones.

I just want you to know that I appreciate all of you, I've made some very close connections over the years on this computer of mine and I'm all the better for it. So thank you for that!

You fought hard Karen, now you can rest in peace. I'm so damn fortunate to have known you! xoxox


Blogger Bobbie said...

I'm so sorry to read that your friend Karen has passed away. I recall that you wrote about her in the past.

We have to keep the candle burning and find a cure for cancer.


12:15 PM, March 11, 2011  
Blogger sydwynd said...

Indeed blog friends are some of the best buds I've got even if we've never seen each other in the flesh. Today's the anniverary of my cousin's sudden passing so your post is all the more poignent. Many prayers for Karen's family and friends.

2:04 PM, March 11, 2011  
Blogger Orion said...

That seriously SUCKS.

I just got done with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Firefighter Stairclimb charity race a week ago Sunday - We WILL beat this crap. There are some great CURES and treatments on the horizon...There's hope.

A cure cannot come soon enough.


2:24 PM, March 11, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Bobbie: Yes I agree, keep that candle burning and hope for a cure. Soon!

Vince: I can understand why this anniversary hits hard for you and your family. Thank you for the prayers.

Jeff: Bless you for what you do! I hope that you've got a write up on your blog about the Stairclimb, I'll be over to check it out.

6:57 PM, March 11, 2011  
Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Cancer has taken so many people in my life. It's a tough thing but it can be beaten and I'm sure one day (hopefully soon) a cure will come.

This is only a reminder that tomorrow isn't promissed to any of us and that we need to cherish who and what we have ... live in the now. Sometimes easier said that done.

I am sorry for your loss.

8:41 PM, March 11, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Oh Jer that was so well said. Since I lost a husband years ago I have never let a day go by that I don't let the people I love KNOW that I love them. Thank you my friend.

9:19 PM, March 11, 2011  

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