Jun 17, 2013 - 7:58 pm
I received a CSN message (as dixiegirl) from Beth's husband yesterday informing me she lost her battle with cancer on 5/14/2013. According to him, she picked up a parasite during chemo (cryptosporidium) and fought hard for two weeks but didn't have the strength to beat it. Her husband said he would appreciate it if I shared the news with the group. Many of you here knew Beth - she had been a member since 2006 and fought through several relapses and endured numerous treatments over the past several years.
Below I've pasted something she posted in her expressions in 2007 about "compassion":
Thu, 04/26/2007 - 7:26pm — dixiegirl
Thank you God for your lesson in compassion.
I thought that I understood what compassion was before cancer touched my life last year. I thought I knew what it felt like to lose someone you love to cancer because I lost my mother to this disease. I really thought I knew. Now I realize how much I didn't know.
I met someone that was introduced to me when I was at my oncologist this week. She is someone that I met once, and I worked with her ex-husband. Our lives didn't cross for 8 years till now. She has terminal pancreatic cancer and my heart truly goes out to her. My heart hurt for her and her family as she was getting her treatment and she seemed so content and confident sitting in the chair. When she commented that she would do treatment once a week till she was done....a part of me stayed with her in that room.
I realized that every time I walk down the street that any person I come in contact with could be traveling this same path with us. How humbling is that? I am learning every day how blessed we are to this lesson in compassion.
Thank you God. Thank you for showing me how to look beyond myself and give to someone else.
My deepest sympathies to Beth's family.