Thursday, August 23, 2007




Just a quick heartfelt thank you to everyone for your kind words on the passing of my friend. Jo-Anne was to young to go, but her body just could not hold on any longer. She fought the fight as best as she could, but her time was up and she had to leave us. I will miss her so much.
I've known Jo for about 7 years and actually met her through another friend. We would talk so much everytime we got together, nobody else could get in a word LOL !! One night we sat and chatted for about 6 hours straight!!!! Jo had a blood condition that had no cure. Slowly over the past 3 years she had to stop working, and eventually was confined to her home. Breathing was hard for her and was finally put on oxygen 24/7 about 7-9 months ago. She carried around her portable tank inside her black leather Harley Davidson purse. I saw her about 3 months ago while we were watching the finals of a Stanley Cup game at the pub near my house and admired her strength and courage while she would walk around as best she could to say hello to everyone that she knew. It was hard for her to get up and walk around because the blood flow was effecting her bones, her lungs, it was hard to breathe even on oxygen. She tired easily and had to sit down a lot. She was in pain to get up and walk, but she did it. Even through all that, I sat with her for about 3 hours and she still had that sparkling laugh and smile, even through the pain. She always had a smile and comforting words and arms for me when I was upset, she had a laugh that would echo when she heard something funny, or told a story. She was a wonderful woman who we will all miss. Love you Jo !!!!

5 comments:

Sharon said...

What a wonderful tribute to your good friend....I am sure that likewise her life was also better because you were in it.
S.

MyUtopia said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Your tribute was very beautiful.

slap me happy said...

what a beautifull post Renae, she is probably looking down on us laughing that she has now touched peoples lives that she never even met.
love ya
shona

Renae said...

Sharon: Yes, she was a very good friend. Far to young for her to pass away, she was only 48.

Kelly: Thank you. I was missing her so much the other day, I just started typing and , the words were a little mixed, but so were my emotions.

Shona: Thank you for the lovely blog post you did for me, I much appreciated it ((hugs))). And yes, she probably is looking down and laughing, with a very tender embrace. She laughs and hugs at the same time!! I will miss that .

Greeneyes said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend ,it is so sad ,and you must miss her so . I read this poem once thought it comforting you may have seen it before but if not here goes ;
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Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

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and it is so true here, as your tribute shows how much we carry the people in our lives in our hearts and they will always be in out lives .
HUGS

Greeneyes