It seems an odd way to start off a brand new website with the first blog entry about death, but for days I have felt the need to be sure this is there. It will always stand out as my first.
I knew Shanara from working with her mom. She would stop in every now and again, and always have a happy cheery smile on her face. Even though she was a teenager, which I find intimidating, she just brought a brightness with her.
When I heard she was diagnosed with cancer, I no longer worked with her mother, so I asked around, added her support page to my facebook, and tried to stay current with her condition. I tried to visit her, but the day I stopped she had been able to get a daypass and wasn’t there. I was so happy for her. I left her a note and some fudge which her mom shared was a favourite. She was a girl after my own heart right there!