Thursday, January 31, 2008

sarah hawthorne

Yesterday, we lost yet another prizefighter to this horrendous disease: Sarah Hawthorne.

I was stunned when I learned the news yesterday afternoon on the WebMagic Forum. It came as a complete surprise. Sarah was one of the first people, whom I met (virtually) who like me, had failed an auto SCT for relapsed Hodgkin's.

As I reflect upon how quickly this remarkably kind and gifted friend was snatched away from us, I'm finding it difficult to express my thoughts well right now. I sit here before my laptop trying to type something half-way eloquent, but it's a struggle. It's as if I'm in front a bare wall.

I just want Lorraine, her partner, to know that Sarah touched the lives of many and that she will be missed greatly. Sending you, Lorraine, love and kindness.


Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Duane, i am so sorry for the loss of your friend, i'd like to share this poem with you:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a 1,000 winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sun on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled light
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye (attributed)

I hope it brings you some comfort!


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Comment Blogger Ally said...

I miss Sarah so much already. I feel terribly sad. I do love remembering how she made us laugh though. :)

7:09 PM  
Comment Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

12:33 PM  
Comment Blogger laulausmamma said...

Duane - it's been a terribly sad time on the forum...there's just been too much of it lately with Anne-Marie and Shannon and the new SCTers. It breaks my heart and scares me to death at the same time. Someone posted on a blog that these experiences have made our bond on the forum even stronger...and I agree. What an incredible group of supportive and loving friends we have become. So glad you are thinking about joining the party in Boston - it will be great to meet so many of the group in person.


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