Friday, November 20, 2009
These pictures were taken this past summer at the Orrington Hotel, downtown Evanston, Illinois.
My two best friends from high school and I decided that we needed a girls weekend to catch up. We had talked about doing something like this for a few years and plans just fell into place this year.
Diane is the beautiful brunette in the pictures,who traveled all the way from Costa Mesa, California. She has three beautiful girls and works for the Costa Mesa school district. She used to live just a couple of blocks from me growing up and we were constantly at each others house!
These days we instant message each other all the time . The only thing that interferes with that is when her boss walks in! Tisk... don't they realize that we are discussing important global events!!!!
My gorgeous hairless friend Suzi traveled from a little closer to home, Wisconsin. She has two wonderful children and has found happiness again in 2002 by marrying a wondeful man that calls her his "trophy wife." every chance he gets!
She's been so strong in her convictions ever since I've known her from high school. She emailed us not that long ago,with her new plan to crash one of the many "tea party" events near her home. Her last comment to us was " they won't throw out a bald lady with cancer!"
When I was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, I called Suzi for guidance and knowledge. She had been diagnosed with Myeloma in 2003. She emailed and called me 3 or 4 times a week, with information about everything cancer related. She told me all the time that I wasn't a statistic and that new discoveries were happening in the field of blood cancers all the time. In other words, she had my back!
The best part, was that she helped me cure my spirit. I was living in such fear after my unfortunate first oncologist visit and I felt so helpless and hopeless against the disease!
We had a great time this last summer, laughing and talking til dawn. We traveled around Evanston reliving memories, singing our high school football fight song at the top of our lungs. In the evening, we would go to a great restaurant, sharing food and laughing until we were stuffed! We did all the dorky things that you do when you're with your good girlfriends!
The weekend just flew by and when we gathered at the curb waiting for our cars, we were quiet for the first time since our time together began.
As the valet helped us with out bags, we were forced to say a quick goodbye followed by a big hug! As we parted and left each other's side we made a "same time next year" promise for every year ahead of us!
Suzi gave me so much more then I ever was able to give to her.
Suzi passed away last night from multiple organ failure brought on by the swine flu.
Goodbye my beautiful friend, I will miss you everyday!
I promise to make you proud!