Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Wind and the Stars

Last year, my friend and fellow blogger, Susan Niebur died from Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Just like many  others, I donated money to a charity Susan liked - the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I miss her, still. Every time I look into the night sky, I think of her. She might be the only astrophysicist I ever knew. We still need more research on this disease.
A few weeks ago, Connor's gifted services teacher, Ms. Raimondo, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has promised me that though she's no longer in the classroom with Connor, she'll always be looking after him from above. I really appreciate that. She's the wind we feel always. In her honor, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society, or any other cancer research charity.
I'm praying that Ms. Raimondo is surrounded by all the love and positive energy that she has shared with so many. She really tapped into Connor's love of learning. She started a fire that I know will never be put out. I think of her daily when I see Connor make some sort of interesting connection. Her beautiful words are below, alongside a photo of Susan. Her words have been a source of great comfort to me since she first shared them. It's a poem she wrote several years ago for a niece with ALS. It was written exactly one year before Ed and I got married.

Much love to all,

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about Connor's teacher. Her words are so beautiful. I wish her love as well.

  3. Thank you for connecting those words and those two strong women, two teachers, today Elaine. Your love and connections to others are beautiful.

  4. I'm wishing Connor's teacher all the best. Please thank her for letting us use her poem.

  5. Thanks so much to Elaine and Connor, and to all who pray for healing, not just for myself, but for all who are troubled, in need, fighting for their lives, and remembering God's tender mercies and grace in each particle of their being. Your power to affect change in this world is GREAT. With love to all!
    Cheri Raimondo

  6. Elaine, this is beautiful and I can assure you that Ms Raimondo is surrounded by much love from both her friends and family, as I am so blessed to be a part of that. Thanks so much for sharing.