a cancer survivor
and much more.
She died on Sunday at only 44 years old, leaving a loving husband, two wonderful daughters, and many many friends including me.
Even though I never met her in real life.
Similarly as with my internet friend JFuzz, I maybe didn't realize how much I cared until Rebecca was sick again. Until we knew she was dying.
Rebecca was, strangely, one of my first facebook friends. I'd originally joined facebook because a few blog friends, several years ago, prompted me to join so we could play an online game together. One of those blog friends was also a friend of Rebecca's.
So yeah, I met her through a silly online word game. Thank goodness.
And I learned she was more than her vocabulary skills. And when her cancer came back, I was saddened, but SHE kept her smiling face somehow. Through all the chemo and medications and having to miss out on fun things in life, she kept smiling, right up 'til the end. Even when told it wasn't working. Nothing was working.
Now she's finally free from all that. I feel very sad for her husband and daughters, but I'm glad that her suffering is over. I think of her as not necessarily "gone", just having crossed another finish line onto the next fun thing.
Enjoy your post-race beer, Rebecca. You've earned it and so much more.
Rest in Peace.