Monday, August 1, 2011

(212) sad day

Today is a very sad day. This morning I learned my good friend Michelle passed away.


On April 1st of this year she learned she had breast cancer. A few weeks later she had a lumpectomy, and a few weeks after that she started chemo. The chemo hit her hard, but after the third round she started having chest pain and trouble breathing. Apparently, her doctor passed it off as a bad reaction to the chemo, but on July 6, after calling 911 and being rushed to the hospital, they learned she had a collapsed lung and had had pneumonia for the preceding two weeks. Unfortunately, the damage to her lungs was so extensive that she never recovered. After being on life support and in a medically-induced coma for the last several weeks, early this morning her family had to make the dreaded decision.

One of the first people I met when I started working, we've been friends for 18+ years. It's hard to believe she's gone. She was truly a wonderful friend - kind, big-hearted, would give you the shirt off her back. It surely is a great loss to everyone who knew her.

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