Monday, December 15, 2014

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Please honor the memory of my friend Cindy Mealer

Cindy Mealer was a great friend. She was so full of joy, humor, kindness....and life in general. I loved hearing from her every day on social media. She always made me smile.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with colon cancer that spread to my liver and eventually to my lung. The battle was tough, but I survived to this point and am currently cancer free. Cindy was diagnosed with a similar cancer a few months after me. I remember when she went into her initial tests. She told me she was so scared. The test results were of course bad. The cancer hit Cindy so very hard. Her poor body went through so much and she passed away just months later on Christmas eve, 2012.

I was gutted. Why did I survive and she didn't? She was an amazing person. One of her last tweets was her asking how my surgery went. Her last tweet was a Retweet of my fundraiser for Carroll Center for the Blind. I think back now and I wish I was able to have been there more for her in her final days. I was in the hospital and fighting my own battle....but I still wish I could have held her hand.

One thing that always makes me smile and feel good is knowing how much her hero, Eliza Dushku lifted her spirits in her final weeks. Eliza made a special phone call to Cindy when she was very very sick. Cindy's joy was amazing!!! I still remember her gushing to me. "G!!! She called ME!!!!". It meant so much to her. She loved Eliza.

Eliza is currently running her yearly fundraiser
Cindy donated & supported Eliza's Thrive Gulu charity constantly. If she were alive today, she would be donating & tweeting like crazy. Please make a donation in Cindy's honor. She will smile from above. I know it. I love you Cindy.

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