Next Tuesday, December 14th will mark the first anniversary of Laura's death. Lately I have been anxious with dread about this day and wonder how I will make it through it. I have been reliving the days of last year as Laura's condition slowly got worse and she realized she would not make it through the holidays. And then, I stop and as I have always done lately (mostly to keep my sanity) and try to concentrate on the positive!
I look back over the last year and take a deep breath and say "We have made a difference!". At our events, as ovarian cancer survivors and their family members thank us, I realize something extremely important. While we are doing what Laura wanted and I personally am doing it in her honor and memory, I am forgetting that I am doing it for all the girls and women and their families who are fighting or have fought this silent killer. This cancer has touched my life, but it's not just about me, Laura or my family-it is about so many others. I thank everyone who thanks me because it really, really makes me realize what this foundation and all our work is really about. These things are what keep me going and doing everyday. This is what allows me to make it through the next few days and through this holiday season without my precious Laura.
Cecilia, realizing how heavy my heart is right now, I can't begin to imagine how yours must feel. Please know that I love you and admire you, Jim and Emma so very much. May you always feel the special presence of Laura for I know she is so proud of you too. Rachel
I can't tell you what an inspiration you and Jim are to me and others. You have taken something tragic and made the best of it for all the girls and women, who are fighting this horrible disease. I know Laura is more than proud of everything you have accomplished. Her life and light are not diminished!! I didn't really know Laura, the young woman, but I knew Laura the little girl, and she was beautiful, precious, and sweet. When I reconnected with her on caringbridge, I knew she was even more than what I knew from the past. She lives on through you, Jim, and this beautiful Foundation. God Bless!