We all have our own individual ways of staying connected to the ones we've lost to cancer.
I guess it depends on how big a part we played as care givers during the struggle and what kind of relationship we had BC, before cancer, when life was life the way we expected it to be.
As the years roll on in Leroy's case, I look back over the almost 5 years and see so many changes. I can look at his cancer fight in a different way. I don't think the outcome would have been any different. Treatment for his colon cancer today is very similar to what it was when he was diagnosed, so I can't say, IF only he'd lived longer, survival would have been in the cards. I can only hope that will change very soon.
I do think it's important to keep his memory alive. He was a very big life. He touched so many people with his wisdom, his humor, generosity and friendship. I'd like to think every once in a while, some one, any one who benefited from knowing him takes a few minutes to think about how their lives are different because they knew Leroy Sievers.
His was a life lived with purpose and I was lucky enough to share in it. A little piece of wall art at our home says it well, "There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains."