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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Deb Is Gone

Debby Greer-Costello

was an incredible person and everyone who knew her was blessed by having her in their lives. She is gone too soon but put up an incredible fight against leukemia, and showed more courage, dignity and humour, than I've ever witnessed. She leaves behind her parents, brothers and sisters, and a beautiful nine year-old daughter, Zoe.

When I first 'found' Deb's blog, she was full of vim and vigour, a strong, enabled, lovable kinda gal who wasn't shy about sharing her ups and downs in navigating her world. In 2005 she shared with us, her leukemia diagnosis and we followed through her initial treatments, the good times when she seemed to have this thing beaten, and then sadly how it reached deep into her and grabbed her back. She fought it, my god but she fought it.

Your fight was long and hard, Deb, and you gave everything you had, even in the last days. I'm grateful to your sister Jenna who so kindly, despite her own pain at seeing her sister suffer, shared with us how things were going, to keep us in your life, when you no longer could communicate to us all through your blog.

Deb, you will be missed. And never forgotten.

As We Look Back Over Time

As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering .....
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us .....
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgement,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We're thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.

~ Clare Jones ~


Fusion said...

How did you know of Deb Fiona? I knew of her through a connection with another blogger. Small world...
It's so sad that she lost her life at such a young age. I never understand that.

RetroMama said...

That photo is the one I wore on my back in the race I did in February. The caption read "Fork Cancer" and I had forks stuck to antennae on my head.

She was a beautiful woman. An amazing fighter. Thank you for the link to your tribute.

Fiona said...

Hi John - I seem to recall it being one of those situations which offer up new friendships, the reading of an interesting or funny (probably the latter in Deb's case as she was such fun) comment on a blog you frequent. And that leads you back to a blogger you enjoy and come to know. She was an amazing person, an awesome mother and a fierce (in the best way) person. I miss her.

That is my favourite photo of her, RetroMama, she just illuminates the screen in that one. There were many others but I wanted to remember her and share her with my friends, like this. She'd want to be remembered as this Deb. It's a terrible loss, at least her pain is now over.

Charmed said...

What a very nice tribute. You are a good friend. I will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers.

anna said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish her loved ones much strength as they grieve.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. So so sorry.

lttdns said...

Hey there! If you get a chance, take a look at www.couragetojump.com we have set up a website in honor of deb and are planning several charity fundraises...the biggest is an organized skydive for charity.


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