Sad news

( photo by Patricia J. Stark)
I'm sorry to post such sadness the day before Thanksgiving, but it is something i wanted to share awhile ago, but just never wanted to face it. My friend is dying. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 7 months ago and was given 6 months to live. I found the news shocking as she is my age, a non- smoker. i marveled at how courageous she faced this hideous disease and yet at the same time she would tell me i am the courageous one and how she was always inspired by the way i've dealt with my own personal tragedy.i'd shake my head and say, "we do what we have to do, don't we"? hospice has come to their home and she does not have much time left and i am sad. i'm grateful i got to see her one more time at Artnsoul and to have given her so many hugs. i didn't get to sign her special book while there, so i made darn sure i sent her a page to include in her book. i hope she loved it. i also surprised her on vendor night with a special necklace i made for her and i know she loved that - i loved surprising her with it.