Afterwards she shared her hopes, her experiences and struggles through the occasional Facebook post, but clearly her cancer was too well entrenched. It was heartbreaking to watch her spelling and typing skills deteriorate to the point where her posts were sometimes incomprehensible.
Before the surgeons removed a big chunk of her brain, she had been one of the most gifted business writers I have ever known.
She is too young to be facing this next journey…
In my “saying goodbye” card today, I called her a visual poet. She is unusually gifted at both photography and writing, with an uncanny talent for telling stories through her photos. She has been a painstaking craftsman when it comes to written expression, priding herself on “lucid communications.”
Several years ago she moved back Ipswich, her childhood hometown, leaving her Seattle community sorrowfully behind. We shared her East Coast experiences vicariously through her online writings and imagery. Through her photos we reveled in her renewed love affair with the Ipswich beaches, shorebirds and the foggy tidal marshes.
She has been a practicing Buddhist for as long as I’ve known her (and that’s been over 20 years.) The way she has walked her chosen path has been inspiring despite the hurdles life has thrown her way. Those who know and love her know just how high those hurdles have been.
She has found real joy in living life pared to the essence of what truly matters. She embodies beauty and grace (despite a half-shaven head).
She has blessed us with her light, her music, her poetic language and her gentle soul. We will miss her loving presence…
And her laughter.