Dear Laura
Laura K. and her Mom

Laura K. and her Mom

On Sunday morning I got up and made a cup of coffee to enjoy while I reviewed the latest news via my email accounts and of course, Facebook and Twitter.  I was just about to take my first sip when I noticed her smiling face in the pictures that she had posted the night before.  It was my friend Laura K., (whom I’ve known for several years) and her parents.

Laura used to volunteer at the Cancer Centre while attending university and we shared many stories over coffee during the morning breaks.  After graduating a few years ago, Laura got busy working towards her next goal – to become a Radiation Therapist.  We’ve kept in touch by FB and Laura has done several of her ‘work’ terms at the Cancer Centre in Surrey.  A few weeks ago, I was in the Chemo Room and noticed Laura seated beside her mother, who was receiving a chemo treatment.  After we exchanged hugs, she introduced me to her mother – who I joked with by saying ‘you’re much younger looking than by how Laura described you’.  Laura mentioned that she would be back at the Centre in the coming months for her final term before graduation.  We quickly said goodbye because I had to meet with my oncologist.

I continued looking at the pictures but when I began to read the caption, I got that ‘sinking’ feeling of sadness.  Laura’s Mom had just passed!  Here is what she wrote on her FB page:

Today our angel on earth became our angel in heaven… My mom left an everlasting imprint on the hearts of so many people. Her strength in the face of fear and exceptional positivity motivates me everyday and will continue to. It is truly impossible to find the words to describe what we have felt today but the abundance of support from friends and family has helped make it a little less painful for both my dad and I. To have a mother and friend like you, I will be forever grateful. I love you to infinity and back mom, forever. PS: I’m getting your feathers sweet angel

If that doesn’t leave you with a hole in your heart – nothing will.

My eyes are filled with tears and my heart aches for you Laura.

I am trying to get the details for the visitation and funeral service because I am scheduled to leave for Montreal this Saturday.

UPDATE:  Laura advises that there will be a service in Montana this weekend for her Mom and then there will be a service here in the Lower Mainland at a later date.




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3 thoughts on “Dear Laura

  1. Tears in my eyes. Thank you beautiful angel Dan!

    I’m feeling better. We were in on Friday. Miss you.

  2. My heart goes out to your friend, Laura, and her family. Losing both my parents and both grandmas to cancer I know how hard it can be and what a toll it can take. Sending loving thoughts!

  3. Thanks Joy and Suzette. So many of us have been touched by this disease and I know that both of you have suffered more than most of us.

    I have been asked about my travel to Montreal this weekend – I recently accepted an appointment to serve on the Measurement Steering Committee of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and will be attending my first meeting next week in Montreal. I’ll be extending my stay to visit some of the places I haunted during my many weekends there in the early 70’s.

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