Pin It There was eleven years between us and we really didn't become close until maybe the last fifteen years as she lived in the DC area. In 1999, Nancy moved to San Antonio and wouldn't you know it, I took off for Denver. But even 900 miles away, you'd think we lived right next door to each other.
Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She had a lumpectomy and some radiation and that took care of that. No more cancer. Until the colon cancer showed up in 2009. She didn't get so lucky with that beast. Oh, she fought like the devil trying to beat it. Had most of her colon removed, two rounds of chemo. I would have tried to get her to Mars if I knew they could cure cancer up there. But it was not to be. She died November 8, 2011 at the age of 63.
It was hard losing her. For months I really didn't know who I was supposed to be without her. Nancy was "my person" - (any Grey's Anatomy fans????) For the past eight months I've just "existed". No projects, no direction, no garaging until my best friend Laura told me that I had to start living the life that Nancy was no longer able to. So this is all for her. I miss her so much it's almost physically painful but every day gets easier and I find myself talking to her while I paint or tile or cook and I know she's here with me every day.