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My Friend Rosanne

on July 29, 2012

A week ago my friend Rosanne died from STUPID CANCER!  Actually, she was the one that got me to start saying that phrase in the first place.  She was diagnosed about 5 years ago with terminal cancer.  Yup 5 years ago!  She fought long and hard.  Her goal was “quality vs quantity” and she had a very good quality of life.  She attributed much of her quality to her faith, her positive attitude and her red lipstick.  She was an amazing woman. Despite her illness, she went to work almost every day when she wasn’t in treatment, and she even went to the gym whenever she could!!  She was the best looking “sick” person I ever knew! She was always well dressed with her heels and pearls and of course the red lipstick.

She and Alexander fought their cancer together.  I am sure that he greeted her with a big smile and hug when she arrived in Heaven.

It was hard to be at the funeral – not just because of my loss, but to watch her family too.  She was only 55.  She has a husband who now has to live without the love of his life.  She has two children in their early 20’s – just starting their adult lives, and now have to go own without their mom.  Her daughter won’t have her mom to help her pick out her wedding dress some day, and her son won’t have that special mother/son dance at his wedding.  She also has a younger son – just 13 years old.  Such a tough time in life without the added burden of losing you mom.  Then, I looked at her own mom and dad.  I feel for them, and the pain they are going through in having to bury their child.

cancer is such an evil disease -it steals lives – and effects the lives of those left behind in profound ways.

i hate cancer




3 responses to “My Friend Rosanne

  1. Karen Capucilli says:

    Cancer sucks! I am so very sorry about this horrible loss. What you said about her being the best looking “sick” person is true. She looks much younger than her 50s in this picture and that smile is luminous.

  2. Bridget says:

    Having known her in college, I can tell you that her vibrant personality never left her. She fought that ‘stupid cancer’ with the most intensity of anyone I have ever seen. We had a terrific dinner together a few months ago, and a great long talk about life. I have said this before, and will repeat it, that in my lifetime, I honestly don’t ever think that I will ever meet anyone who lived life the way that she did. She gave cancer a beautiful face (which cancer doesn’t deserve) it is an insidious disease, that we will never understand. It is my hope that her family can live their lives feeling the love that we all had for her; their universe will never be the same; but aren’t we all so glad and lucky that she came. With love and thanks for having been able to call her friend. xxxooo Sorry for your loss also, she loved little Alexander. xxooo

  3. jane mulcahy says:

    Oh Nancy!! Praying for you and Roseanne’s family

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