A Night of Remembrance

 

It's a night of tears, and smiles and memories.  Every person there, loved one, friend, doctor, nurse,  remembers in their own way.  We sit together, each one of us, lost in our own thoughts of happier times, difficult times, healthier times and cancer times.  We are united because we've all lost a part of our lives to cancer.  It is the annual "Night of Remembrance" held up at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins this week. 

Many cancer centers around the country hold similar events.  I have not missed one since losing Leroy, because I think it's important to remember him in that place.  It was a place where he found new, important friendships.  He found great doctors there too.  He created his "My Cancer" blog from his experiences there and he helped a lot of fellow cancer patients with his personal recollections of living with cancer.  In many ways, this community has its roots from his time at Kimmel.

Not everyone feels the same way.  It's too much about remembering the pain and suffering and loss.  Cancer leaves those marks on all of us.  So why walk through the doors that will bring back all of that?

Leroy loved his adventures to far away lands and was challenged in each one of those places.  His cancer revealed a different challenge and far more courage than any of the 15 wars he covered.  So I go to salute him and that time in his life.

It's a 'Night of Remembrance" he earned the hard way.

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Al May 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

It is just so special that you can go to the place where Leroy's and your journey began with cancer and to remember him along with others. As long as we remember, our loved ones remain with us, in our hearts, and not to be forgotten. Who could have known those years ago when Leroy and you opened your hearts and lives so that others could share the journey and always know that they were never alone. In the pantheon of goodness which helps us keep the faith that good will prevail, My Cancer and Our Cancer occupy special places.

Continue with your good deeds Laurie, they don't go unnoticed by those who are the recipients.

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Laurie Hirth May 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

It's been over 4 years since Neil left this earth. I don't have the opportunity to share in any of the remembering services anymore as I live so far away from MS. But I remember him here in CA at special Holidays, his birthday, and forever in my heart. I am glad there are places that give a chance to remember and celebrate a life well lived. For you and Leroy, it was a life that was full of hope, full of fight, faith and filled with love. Continue to share that Laurie, you are doing a fantastic work here. You touch many lives and Leroy's garden continues to flourish.
and in honor of our friend Stan... Thoughts

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