This past Friday, my cousin passed away of cancer after 1 1/2 years of fighting this horrible disease. She was a fighter until the very end and never lost hope-EVER. She would constantly post on her Facebook for all to see that she was a cancer warrior and that she would beat this with the support of her family and friends. KATNER (Kickin' Ass, Takin' Names, Repeat)
One day last October it hit me how angry, sad, upset and just downright mad I was that the Lord would allow such a horrible disease to enter my cousin's body at such a young age. I wrote to her, because I knew the words that I had intended to tell her, would not be able to make it out of my mouth without bursting into tears. I told Jaime everything that I had been feeling for the days leading up to that moment, what my fondest memories were of her, and us, and our families. I told her how amazing, inspirational, beautiful, and funny she was...how I had always remembered her to be since we were young. I guess you could say I laid everything out on the table...and I'm glad I did...not just because I got to tell her everything I wanted her to know, but because I didn't get a chance to say goodbye.
Because I feel compelled...below are the words she wrote back to me and I will hold near and dear in my heart forever. You can see the absolute determination and drive she had to beat her cancer, and that's just sheer fearlessness on her part to have such an awe-inspiring spirit everyday of her courageous fight.