To everyone whose come in and out of my life –
The time has come to say goodbye. I never thought it would be so soon but I guess God had different plans.
There have been so many of you that have affected my life in the most positive way, and I wanted to say THANK YOU. Thank you for bringing me joy till I thought my smile couldn’t get any bigger. Thank you for making me laugh till it hurt. Thank you for showing me what love is. Thank you for being there, for supporting me, for encouraging me, for teaching me, for holding me up, for guiding me, for EVERYTHING. Each of you made me who I was. Thank you for allowing me in, for letting me be a part of your lives, for giving me the chance to love you. Each and every one of you has affected my life in a positive way. You made me, me. And for the longest time, I was so happy with what my life looked like.
Although this disease has finally “won,” I want you to know I never gave up. I continued to fight until the end. And I did it for all of you. You have all given me so much; I wanted to show you I could do it, to make you proud to call me a friend.
I want you to know that I lived without regret. I loved strong and loved many. I can say that I’ve seen so many beautiful parts of this world that I will always take with me. I can say that I have SO many memories that have kept me going, kept me smiling and most of all, kept me fighting. Do I wish I was able to stay longer? Of course. Who doesn’t? But it seems that it just isn’t the way things turned out to be.
I will take a part of each of you with me and I will cherish it for eternity. Life is what you make of it, and I want all of you to make your lives everything you always wanted it to be.
Please don’t pity or feel bad for me. Stepping back, I can see that I had everything I always wanted. And you were all a part of that.
Thank you. I love you.
With all my heart and soul,