Wednesday, March 10, 2010

One Caring Gal... Renee

When I first started blogging in August of 2008, I was furiously searching the web to find other people blogging with metastatic breast cancer. I found Renee from Circling My Head, who not only had metastatic breast cancer; she had been on Taxotere too. Wow two things in common. I was so happy to find her. Someone who was going through what I was going through.

After eight treatments, the Taxotere was really beating me up ....with no end in sight. I asked Renee how many treatments she had. She replied 22 or 24 ... she couldn’t quite remember. I said to myself ... if she could do that many ... so could I. Honestly, she is the reason I got through my 20 treatments at all.

She left me so many inspiring comments on my blog ... often using the most colourful adjectives to describe cancer and its effects. Some days she helped by making me smile, others she helped me cry it all out. She always knew what to say. She gave me encouragement, just that little bit I needed to get through that day or that particular part of my cycle.

I’m very sorry to say, my good friend Renee lost her battle this week ...



12 comments:

WhiteStone said...

So sorry to hear of your losing a friend. I pray that God will give her family peace during this time of sorrow. She was too young.

Sarah said...

Aw hon..you have been on my mind so much of late...I feel such a loss ..miss her so..she was so dear to me..a mentor and dear friend! But..for you she was not just a dear friend but a partner in what you are going through...I am sending gentle hugs to you today hon..can you feel them?
Hugs and love, Sarah

POD said...

Really sad and sorry to read about this, Daria.
I hope you're doing okay.

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Daria
I got on Renee's blog through yours and found her to be a very special person-so full of love.Her blog was full of art and poetry that I so much appreciated. Once her daughter started blogging for her, I knew the end was near. IBC is an especially difficult cancer. It went to her stomach, unheard of.
The world has one less special person.

Barry said...

This is terrible news and a tremendous loss. She was a brave and beautiful and strong woman who was an inspiration to many of us.

Arlene said...

As you know, Daria, I've followed Renee's blog in the background. And still somehow I feel that I've gotten to know just a bit about the awesome person she was. One comment left on her blog was ......

YOU DID IT RENEE. you changed the world you live in .....

and I think that about sums it up. There's lots of people out there who will or have become better people having known Renee.

Christine said...

Daria: I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Renee. I lost a friend to breast cancer last year that I had made online. Although we only met in person a few times, I felt like we really connected by emailing back and forth.

It made me want to withdraw and not make other online friends. But of course, in the end, we need one another and I'm so grateful for the wonderful women like yourself who are willing to share their journey with others. I'm sure your story helped Renee as much as she helped you.

Dee said...

So sorry to hear about Renee. Just sorry. I've been struggling some with fatigue from Herceptin - and having to realize some of my own limitations. But I can't imagine what both you and Renee went through - your regimen was worse. I'm sorry to hear you lost a friend.

nollyposh said...

(((Hugs))) x

Beth said...

Hi Daria, I'm glad you had so much support from Renee too, what a wonderful person she was...

theBluesman said...

so sorry.....

Carol Pack Urban said...

Daria, that just breaks my heart to read of your friend's passing. I am so sorry. True friends are so hard to come by.