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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Some Memories of Linda

I had to write this while I am still calm.  Some are excerpts from my posts in Facebook.

My relationship with my best friend goes on for 26 years. Linda's husband, Kevin, was married to my younger sister who passed away from metastatic cancer. I didn't want to like Linda, but for the sake of Kevin's kids, we would make the best of it. We had things in common and became good friends. We were ying and yang in our personalities, but yet, complemented one another. We have had our ups and downs, our rough spots, but like many relationships, we have always managed to get beyond them. Many times Linda has been there for me through my illnesses, and now I can only do my best to be there for her.

I wish I could go all the way back to Linda and Kevin's wedding (but where ARE those photos?).  All pre-computer, and all in boxes and a mess!

In 1995, I had abdominal surgery.  Linda was
my sub for me when I had it so I could keep my
thriving Avon business going!  Here we are
enjoying a pontoon ride after one of our Avon
dinners.

In 1995, Linda decided that we should have a Red Hat
group and I should be queen of
The Royal Purple Belles!

We enjoyed our trips to Florida to visit cousin,Shirley.
This time my sister came with, and we enjoyed a
tour with our cousin's Red Hat Group!


We enjoyed traveling and loved our trip to New Orleans!


Linda invited me along to meet up with her friend
from Ohio.  This was shortly after her
breast cancer treatment.


Her hair grew out a beautiful blond with a hint of red. 
I was invited to her oldest grand daughter's confirmation.

Celebrating one year cancer free with the Cancer Survivor's walk.


Celebrating together with her other good friend
at her wedding anniversary!

                       
Linda wanted an ugly sweater contest for our
Christmas party last year.  Of course, she knew
she would win!

We enjoyed going on retreats together, whether it was
a spiritual retreat or a crafting retreat.  This was our
last trip together in September.


Friends Forever


I can feel the love and prayers of others. Linda is ready to meet her Savior and I'm at peace with that. She wants me to think of the good times. I am still sad cause I will miss her when she is gone, but I know I will see her again and she will have that glorious smile in heaven!

6 comments:

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for writing this and for being her BFF!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I have been in and out from blogland for so long. I did not realize that Linda was slipping. I am so so sorry, Deb. I know what she has meant in your life...and while we know she will be in heaven it is hard to let her go from this earthly home.
God bless her AND you. Please email me directly if anything happens. I feel so bad--xo Diana

Bonnie F. Annis said...

I loved reading your blog today about you and Linda. I loved seeing the photo of her with the breast cancer flag I sent her earlier this year. Thank you for sharing. Praying for Linda daily. God bless you both. You can follow my blog at www.journeyoutofpink.blogspot.com

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

PLEASE give her a HUG from me!! I will be praying for your both. May you both feel God's arms of love and peace during the days to come.
warmly,
deb

Carolee said...

Very nice post, Deb!
She is one very special gal!

Linda said...

Deb, these are such beautiful photos, and I am so glad that you have many memories of Linda to cherish. You look radiant!