Monday, December 10, 2012

A Very Sad Day

Today my Dearest friend lost her battle with Cancer. Alice n I have been friends since 1962, we were in the same business class in high school . From the first time I met her we clicked and it was the start of a long friendship. We shared all our cares n woes and believe me we had lots of them.  What fun we had when we were together too!
Alice could make everyone in the room laugh, she had such quick and witty humor. No one had a kinder heart, she was so caring n such a good listener.  Her life was no bed of roses.. she endured the loss of her only son several years ago and two brothers during the same time. But through her faith she was able to deal with the sorrow. I have watched Alice become riddled with back pain which she thought was Arthritis, to the point where she could hardly make it up one step.  Just three short months ago she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her spine, which had spread to her lung n liver, she was in stage four.  My mind told me that she would not live much longer, but I hoped and prayed that with radiation n chemo it would go into remission and give her a little more time on this earth. God must have needed an extra angel and he called her home. When I went to see her for the last time on Saturday, she told me she was ready to go.  I am happy that she did not linger in pain too long, that is comforting. Life goes on and death is all part of the big picture. We all understand that, but we never want to let our loved ones go, it means we will never see them or talk with them ever again...it is the end!!! Over time we do adjust, but its a sad adjustment. Our happy memories kick in and help to get us through.  Alice will always have a special place in my heart and my memories of her will put a smile on my face.  Rest in Peace my Dear Friend!
 


25 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i am so sorry, janis. please accept my condolences for such a loss. i am glad she is no longer suffering, and i am so glad you had such a long, close bond.

David Oliver said...

I am so sorry for your loss, God bless.

Leave It To Davis said...

If you believe God needed an angel, then you must believe that we will see and talk and walk with our loved ones again in Heaven. I do.

I lost a dear friend and my father to cancer, so I do know what you are going through. You will be in my prayers. Hugs.

Jan said...

Alice sounds like a wonderful woman. I'm so sorry for your löss.

edenhills said...

I am so sorry for your loss. She truly has a kind face. Blessed be.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Janis. What a blessing it was that you had her as your friend for so many years.
Sending prayers your way.

Faye said...

Nothing prepares us for the loss of a friend of so many years. I'm glad that you were close enough to spend some final time with her,Janis. Count on those friendship memories to see you through this difficult time. My heart is heavy for you tonight, Dear Friend.

Brian King said...

I'm very sorry about your friend! My sincere condolences.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I am so sorry to read this; you are in my thoughts.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.

Pam :) said...

Janis, I am so sorry for your loss of such a special friend. You and Alice were both blessed to have each other.

Hopefully your wonderful memories of the two of you will be comforting in the days, months and years ahead.

alwaysbackroads said...

Janis, my heart goes out to you. This is such a beautiful tribute to your friend. What a treasure this friendship has been.

DawnTreader said...

Sorry you lost your friend. Lovely post to her memory.

Candy C. said...

What a lovely tribute to your dear friend. I'm sorry for your loss Janis.

Tracy said...

She truly will be missed. I will always remember her as a person with kind words, sincerity, and thoughtfulness.

Pamela Gordon said...

I am sorry for your loss of your dear friend. Blessings to you.

Living Life said...

This is a wonderful tribute to a fantastic lady! I will always remember her as Auntie Al. I loved her dearly.

Pam :) said...

Hi Janis, its extra sad to loose someone you loved around Christmas.
My Dad passed on Dec 13th when I was 22 years old.

You and her family remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Robyn said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend, Janis. Thoughts and prayers to Alice's family and friends.

Ramona said...

Hoping all your happy memories will help ease your loss. My prayers are with you.

EG CameraGirl said...

5'm sorry to learn of your loss. I am sure you will miss her very, VERY much.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

My good friend Doug passed away on December 1st and it was his funeral on Wednesday - I posted a photo of the church and the poem by Christina Rosetti that he himself chose to be red at his funeral - like your friend it was back pain that started the end - it was too far advanced for him to have treatment and we not sorry (hate that word) but are glad he was able to prepare himself for the inevitable. We will remember him as you remember Alice. Best wishes.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

thinking about you. so sorry for your loss. big big hugs. ( :

Carletta said...

Janis, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories sustain you in this difficult time. Alice will always be near and dear in your heart because of the friendship you have shared.

Tanya said...

oh janis, i am so very sorry....sending my prayers...she looks like a kind woman...