My best friend recently passed away.
She went to the emergency room with migraines, double vision and persistent non-productive cough. She had had these problems for months but we assumed it was due to stress and moving, new allergens, etc. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her lungs and brain.
She passed away only eighteen days later. Eighteen. That’s not enough time to say good-bye. That’s not enough time to talk about all of her hopes and dreams for her only son that she left behind. That’s not enough time to get adjusted to the idea that I can’t just pick up my cell phone and call or text her.
I met her in 2001. We immediately became best friends. She has impacted my life in so many ways. I still catch myself using phrases that she always used. My daughter and I were thinking of all of the “Bethism”‘s the other day. She was a good role model to my oldest daughter who captured her passion for children’s ministry. She was there when my other children prayed and were saved. She devoted so much of her life to working Sunday School camps every summer.
She will be greatly missed. But I will not be sad. I will rejoice with and for her because I know she has made it to a better place where cancer does not exist. So until we meet again…