My “little” sister, Karlette, ended her journey on this earth yesterday morning. She fought long and hard for eight years through five cancer diagnoses and very little time in remission. Her fight is over and she is resting peacefully. She told us she was ready to go and she went–with dignity and peace and without pain. She was alert till the end. As one of my aunts pointed out, she gave us a precious gift that we will cherish–that is, the time to travel to and spend time with her during her last four days and say good-bye. We are grateful for the time we had with her.
She was a beautiful woman inside and out. She created beauty and light wherever she went and touched each life she encountered. She “did good” during her sojourn here. Even while she was going through treatment, she planned “pink parties” for other cancer patients and survivors. She left us all with a model of how to live and how to be while in this world. My heart aches immeasurably over losing her, but I am content that she is no longer in pain and I am looking forward to seeing her again in that “great gettin’ up morning.”
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (I Corinthians 15:51-54 KJV)
Until then, let’s work together to find a cure!