Joining an online community of lung cancer patients and caregivers is wonderfully supportive, informative, even lifesaving. But members must pay dues by weathering frequent losses of friends.
Saturday night, March 29, 2014, another young stage 4 lung cancer patient died of her disease. Jessica Rice, age 33, who tweeted as @stage4blog and blogged at stage iv.wordpress.com, gave hope and inspiration to many lung cancer survivors before succumbing to multiple brain metastases.
Sometimes it’s too much. Tori Tomalia (@lil_lytnin, who blogs at A Lil Lytnin’ Around the World) reflected on this in her blog yesterday. She voiced what many of us feel when we learn of another death in the lung cancer community. She said it so well, I asked to reblog her post from Sunday, March 30. Here is her blog entry, reposted with permission.
Tangled Thoughts from a Restless Mind
by Tori Tomalia
“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”
I’m tired of being reminded of the fleeting nature of our time on Earth.
I’m tired of being aware that this can all end so quickly.
I’m tired of knowing how important it is to stop and smell the roses, that the frost is coming soon.
I’m tired of happy moments carrying the pang of realization that this can be gone in the blink of an eye.
Understanding the importance of living for today is a terribly heavy weight to carry.
“when Time and Life shook hands and said goodbye.”
I’m so tired of people in my community dying.