You know how some people have such amazing strength of character, leadership ability, and love that when she gets a bad health diagnosis, you just think she will beat it? Because how could someone that strong not overcome? And then she doesn't. And you are just a little bit shocked. How is it possible? For someone not as strong and fearless and driven maybe but this person? It's just not quite right. Yet, she is still gone. I really thought this amazing woman I knew would overcome, mostly because she was so driven and didn't take no easily. Unfortunately, the disease was stronger. Cancer sometimes is.
A woman I considered a pillar in my field - a mentor, colleague and leader - has been fighting for her life. Unfortunately, she lost that fight. But I'm certain she did it with valiance and dignity, because that's how she lived her life. And although she's gone, her legacy will live on. She touched literally thousands of lives. Some might not even know her name but she impacted their destiny.
You will not be forgotten my friend. Thank you for the life you lived and for the grace you showed all of us. Rest in peace.