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My neighbor passed away. We went to her funeral last week. There were bikers, rock-n-roll music, they laughed about her awesome clothes and quippy comebacks. We miss her. The girls will miss her, she was always sweet to them, she'd watch Olive on her days off just because she loved little kids and her and Olive had quite a bond.

She was a good neighbor.

It was cancer.

Then with her death from cancer I realized I forgot to check up on penguin_emerald...


She did get her last Christmas, but not much more, she died January 9th. She was diagnosed in February 2015, so not even a year...

It's not fair.

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Oct. 8th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was very sad about a month ago re-reading her entries, and her mother's entries. You were the person who directed me to her, and I feel ... satisfied ... that I was able to bear witness to the final year of her life.
Oct. 8th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your neighbour; she sounds like a good and fun person. I'm also sorry to hear about Penguin Emerald. I had friended her on your recommendation, but rarely knew what to say. The posts had stopped but I couldn't bear to go and check.
Oct. 8th, 2016 02:04 pm (UTC)
You know... not to make this about me but I can't help it... I recommended her to a lot of people and I've been thinking about it. The thing I love about livejournal is that we get to go through everyone's life phases together and really dig deep and look back with perspective. My friends here know me so well and survived my whiny job search year, masters degree phase, tough baby phase etc. I had friends struggle with infertility and then babies or the adoption comes through... tough phase, then a happy ending.

So I thought, here's this strong writer just going through the cancer phase, she'll recover and I'll be able to show my husband her cool world travel photos and say isn't this another great story this is why I love livejournal!



Edited at 2016-10-08 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)
Sympathies... F*** cancer. That word is showing up entirely too much this year.
Oct. 8th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.

I'd wondered about penguin_emerald; I'd stopped seeing posts appear. That's horrible how fast her cancer spread. I hope her family is okay.
Oct. 8th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, about both your neighbor and penguin_emerald.

Cancer blows.
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