I started working at the College in 2011. I was working with a wonderful faculty, amazing graduate students. One of the best parts was my coworker Gail.
We ran races together. We saw Marvel Movies together.
And in 2012 we was diagnosed with cancer.
She had chemo off and on since then. Some times were good. Some times were not so good. When times were not so good I did a little extra work in the office.
Last night her battle ended.
I'm heartbroken. But she's no longer suffering.
All that is left is to find a way to say goodbye. And to try to make sense of the work in the office that is left. I don't even know where to begin with that task. Thankfully I have a ton of support from the Dean's office and other admins on campus.
Eventually, everything will be OK again. But today I'm not OK. And it's going to take some time before I feel OK again.
Right now, I'm remembering the woman that had a wonderful laugh. We all went to Disney World last year. I ran the Princess Half, she ran the 5K.
This is how I'll remember her.