Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Early this week, the world lost two incredible women to breast cancer, Rachel Cheetham Moro and Susan Niebur. These women's presence was deeply felt on the blogosphere, but most importantly, we in the online community came to regard them as friends.
We collectively mourn.
If you have not visited their blogs, please do so. I have provided the links above. Rachel's and Susan's blogs are filled with energetic writings about living with breast cancer.
Whenever I feel grief, I read the poem "In Memoriam" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, my favorite poet. It is a very long poem, but each word is important; in it, he works through his grief of losing a dear friend. I took a small excerpt that seems so comforting at this time.
"I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."
So many bloggers have written outstanding tributes to these remarkable and brilliant women. Here are just some. If I have left anyone out, please feel free to put your posting and URL in the comments section.
Our Virtual, Very Real Friend Rachel by Jody Schoger
One Fateful Day in February by Nancy Stordahl
Susan and Rachel by Katie Ford Hall
For My Blogging Sisters by Stacey of Bringing Up Goliath
Rachel Cheetham Moro 1970-2012 by Gayle Sulik
For Rachel with Unending Love and The Same Love For Susan Just Hours Later by AnneMarie of Chemobrain...In the Fog with A.M. From BC 2 AD
Memory Pools from Ronnie of Being Sarah
I Spoke Too Soon by Renn of The 'Big C' and Me