On January 29th, 2004, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Shortly afterwards, I met Kathy, who had been diagnosed with the same type as me. We soon developed a beautiful friendship, through the pain, the grief, the faith, and the love that surrounded our joined ordeals. She became my friend, my mentor, and another mother.
Regardless of other obstacles, she was always there for me. Selflessly and endlessly she took me under her wing, caring for me as one of her own. Not only am I incredibly grateful for her profound compassion, I sincerely believe she is the reason I stand here today.
On what I believed would be the last time I would ever see her, Kathy confided in me that she held our friendship in the rare esteem as a type where we could go for lengths of time and pick up right where we left off. I'm convinced that angels don't need a concept of time.
James Dean once said "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." This quote is at the heart of everything Kathy has taught me. I will never forget the day I first read that quote to her in a magazine as we sat in the doctor's office waiting to be seen.
Through her loving, graceful strength, I was able to become the person I am today. A survivor. Kathy, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my angel.
...is that James Dean quote too much?