Thank your for your prayers-my beautiful, holy, Saint-like friend Kate went to heaven (straight there I know it) on February 12 after a short battle with ovarian cancer. Kate was the kind of person everyone walked away feeling like they just met someone special. I met her years ago at a soccer game and we reconnected when we were both diagnosed with cancer and she supported me through all of chemo. She was the first person I hugged after my last treatment, which was a cry-fest for me. I could call her and say “I need you” and she would be anywhere I was in a minute. She was going through her own chemo at the time, and we cried together but she was a never-ending well of hope and strength to me. She is the one who shaved my head, she is the one who gave me the strength to take off my itchy hat and be bald in public. (She could pull it off, she was strikingly beautiful.) She has raised or was in the process of raising (she has 8, with far apart ages like me, that’s how we connected) incredible children along with her husband-just one of those amazing families, that humbly set a beautiful example of a Christian family. I will miss her but I feel her presence always. I know she is joyful, I know she sees the plan in it’s entirety and is at peace with it all. The feeling that I ‘know’ this is so strong I never doubt it. I think of the quote from one of my favorite people who passed last year- “How lucky we are to feel this way.” How lucky, blessed, filled with gratitude I am that Kate has touched my life for all of our eternity. I am sure every single person who knew her is saying the same and her life will serve as an inspiration to us all.