Life, full of such wonderful things, the paths we choose to follow means we have the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people, we go about our daily lives moving around through different friendship groups, dipping in and out of each others lives, but sometimes people touch you in ways you can't really explain, they become a firm fixture in your life story.
I have always been a huge fan of the internet, meeting my other half thanks to aol chat, but not just that, several other wonderful people I other wise would never have met have become such an important part of my life due to the amazing power of the world wide web.
Today I received some upsetting news, a dear friend of mine who I first met online about 8 years ago has sadly lost her battle with the awful disease that is cancer.
She was the sort of person you are instantly drawn to, someone whose caring nature shown through even miles apart with only text to see, her personality couldn't be missed.
Over the years she was a huge support to me, when aol closed the parenting message board where we all met, a group of us kept in touch via emails, I was the youngest of the bunch and looked up to those ladies who always seemed to have amazing stories to tell, wonderful advise about everything you could ever want to be advised on. Always there when you had a problem or to give love and encouragement when you had good news to share.
When I became pregnant with my youngest their congratulations meant so much, when he was born they sent cards and gifts. Their care and compassion meant more to me than they probably ever realised.
As happens so often lives change, people move apart, our small group did keep in touch but no where near as much as we perhaps should, then two years ago Carole sent us a message explaining she was going through a difficult patch, she sent a link to her blog. We all rallied together and sent her flowers and our thoughts, and we continued to listen to her story over the years.
She was such a courageous women, her ability to see positive things in everything was amazing, how she always found time to help others and give them support even though her life was breaking, meant she gathered a huge following on her blog. Her words helped and comforted so many people who were going through the same from all corners of the world.
Her life may have been ended by this terrible disease which has no thought for the lives it grabs hold of and disrupts, but her story will be remembered and her memories will live on in so many people who she touched.
My thoughts go out to her family, her amazing sons who she thought so highly of, the love she had for them was inspirational and I only wish I can be even half as good a mother as she was, her husband who she loved so very much, her parents and brother and sister all meant the world to her. The world has lost an amazing person but her life was a credit to her and her memories will forever be held close to so many.
Rest in Peace Carole x