Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 6

Remembering a light that lit many others
 This time last year, February 6,2012, a very special person passed away. Her light did not go out, but was passed on as a torch in a relay. She had many close family and friends. Her twin sister has been one of her biggest torch bearers, along with her young son and husband, parents and close friends. I  didn't have the privilege of knowing Hillary St.Pierre-Ford personally, but got to know her through her Mom and a friend. They often spoke about her strength and love for those around her. She tried to be a pillar of strength and hope til the end. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2006 at the age of 23 and chronicled her life on her blog called baldiesblog.blogspot.com . Her blog has helped many cope with their own life battles and her strength and warmth will be her lasting legacy. We can only hope we have a positive influence on others and be remembered with a smile.
Pass on the light of friendship!
Knowing someone like Hillary makes me want to be a stronger and not give up, no matter what things look like.
 This is an entry written on Hillary's blog by Vic that really spoke to me:

there is a miracle called friendship that dwells within the heart.
and you don't know how it happens or when it gets its start...
but the happiness its brings you always gives a special lift ,
then you realize that friendship is gods precious gift.

Hillary also wrote a book about cancer to help her son understand it better.It's called 'Z and the cancer meanie'. This is an excellent book to read with children about what people may go through with cancer and treatments. Here is a link about the book:

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