The morning after she passed, I took Poodle Yoy for a walk. The sky was a brilliant blue. I couldn't believe that the world appeared just as it did the morning before. Except now one very important person was missing. I walked with a pit of grief in my stomach that I knew would remain in residence for a long time, if not indefinitely. I talked to myself, probably scaring some of the neighbors. I just couldn't, and still can't, believe this happened.
In dying, my friend taught me a hell of a lot about living. And I will carry those lessons with me forever.
Love life. Be present. Laugh hard. Be honest. Hug people. Be kind.
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Preston Robert Tisch Brain Cancer Center @ Duke University