Through my father’s illness, I have had the chance to meet amazing people. As my father and I waited for the doctor, I saw this lady and her husband that looked extremely familiar. I knew who she was because I was following her blog for some time. I hesitated to say introduce myself because I was a bit intimidated. When my dad’s name was called, we walked through the hall and I happen to see her again in a room. At that moment, I said to myself ‘what the heck,’ and decided to introduce myself. And I am so happy that I did. We briefly introduced ourselves and decided to keep in touch. Sue and her husband are the most wonderful and nicest people I’ve ever meet. I felt an instant emotional connection with them. Throughout the months, we’ve stayed in touch through email and phone calls. We even met up at the ASH talk, and that was the last time I saw her.
Sue passed away in her sleep this morning at her home.
Sue had a hard time with her myeloma, even though she had a transplant. During her last days, I sensed her bravery and her strength to accept what was about to come. I can honestly say, she is one of the strongest women I know. She gave me a bigger reason to walk in my school’s Relay For Life and the MMRF Walk/Run this coming April. I will walk in memory of her and all those who lost their battles to myeloma, and in honor of those who are survivors of myeloma.
Please support me on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 as I help raise money for MMRF. Any donation is welcomed, it does not matter if its $1 or $100 or whatever the amount. It is all about the thought, drive, and commitment we have to finding a cure.
Here are some pictures from past relays: