I have lost three friends in 6 months...all three because of cancer!
My friend Kate passed away last night, after a year long battle with cancer. She endured chemo, surgery & radiation. She seemed to be doing so well, yet the cancer was not gone from her body. The cancer came back with a vengeance. When I visited with her last, she was in a lot of pain and having trouble breathing. Within a week, she was in the hospital, and a few days later, Hospice was called for her comfort. I am so thankful that she is not suffering any longer, but so sad that she is not here with us.
Kate was a wife, mother and grandmother. She had friends, a church, and worked a job she enjoyed. The thing I liked most about her was her laugh. She had this way of suppressing her laugh that was so cute. It was as if she wanted to 'bust out laughing', but was trying to keep it under control. She always made me smile.
As I left her the last time, I gently kissed her head, told her I loved her, and told her to hang on. And hang on she did...longer than the doctors thought. She was a blessing in my life, and I am sure to everyone she met. I will miss Kate, but I know I will see her again. I imagine that she will be in Heaven either suppressing that laugh, or 'busting out' with joy. Either way, I am sure to smile!
2 Corinthians 1:2-4 (New International Version)
The God of All Comfort
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.