I never had the good fortune to meet SheilaNB in person but I knew what her husband meant many months ago when he posted on the MPIP that she still had that Sheila twinkle in spite of pain that is beyond what I can imagine. Sheila's pain ended last night. Melanoma has claimed another who was brave to the end (names given as they posted on the MPIP):
Melanoma, Life and other Crazy Stuff (Shannon aka Butterflymom)
Que Sarah, Sarah
Two Lucky (Rusty and Yen archive from melanoma category)
Charlie Wemkea Blue
Living with Melanoma (Heather)
Kim from Iowa
Monika From Germany
I have listed only a few of the many brave people whose lives were claimed by melanoma. Bright lights all. There are so many others and it's hard for me to fathom the losses brought on by melanoma. Today, I felt the need to repeat this memorial list, and to add SheilaNB's name.
The list grows too long...Brave Shelia...so fortunate to have the twinkle of joy and a family that was its spark.
She will live on in our memories and be in the company of Brave.
Love is not consolation. It is light.
God bless Sheila and all whose lives she touched.
How sad Carver. She was so young. Peace be with her.
This is a thoughtful post, Carver. You are so right: It is truly hard to fathom that someone so young and vibrant is taken from this world too soon.
Thanks for the tribute to our brave warriors. It is so hard to understand why these wonderful people had to die when they did.
I will miss Sheila forever but I am so relieved that she is no longer in pain and suffering. Melanoma was very cruel to her.
She was one special lady. I wish you had the opportunity to have met her in person. Now to think of her 2 little boys without their loving mother around just breaks my heart.
Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets
Carver,reading this I am saddened and thankful at the same time. Sad at the loss, but thankful my beautiful sister has survived two bouts of melanoma. And is now brave enough to be expecting her first child, due in 5 months. This terrible disease has both sad and happy stories.
I think it's wonderful that you took the time to list those melanoma warriors.
Sheila is added to my list of special people to remember. I am relieved that she is no longer suffering, but still angered that this young woman, with so much vitality, was taken from her family much too soon. She was one of those people I gravitated to when I first was diagnosed---looking at her beautiful face and witnessing through her posts, her spirit and determination. What a beautiful example of being happy and making the most of your life---no matter how lousy the cards were dealt to you. Dance with the angels, Sheila.
Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful and sensitive comments. As ever, Carver
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