Saturday, 17 March 2012

A Sad Day

Life, full of such wonderful things, the paths we choose to follow means we have the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people,  we go about our daily lives moving around through different friendship groups, dipping in and out of each others lives, but sometimes people touch you in ways you can't really explain, they become a firm fixture in your life story.

Sunset photo mans best friend dog and girl

I have always been a huge fan of the internet, meeting my other half thanks to aol chat, but not just that,  several other wonderful people I other wise would never have met have become such an important part of my life due to the amazing power of the world wide web.

Today I received some upsetting news, a dear friend of mine who I first met online about 8 years ago has sadly lost her battle with the awful disease that is cancer.

She was the sort of person you are instantly drawn to, someone whose caring nature shown through even miles apart with only text to see, her personality couldn't be missed.

 Over the years she was a huge support to me, when aol closed the parenting message board where we all met, a group of us kept in touch via emails, I was the youngest of the bunch and looked up to those ladies who always seemed to have amazing stories to tell, wonderful advise about everything  you could ever want to be advised on. Always there when you had a problem or to give love and encouragement when you had good news to share.

When I became pregnant with my youngest their congratulations meant so much, when he was born they sent cards and gifts. Their care and compassion meant more to me than they probably ever realised.

As happens so often lives change, people move apart, our small group did keep in touch but no where near as much as we perhaps should, then two years ago Carole sent us a message explaining she was going through a difficult patch, she sent a link to her blog. We all rallied together and sent her flowers and our thoughts, and we continued to listen to her story over the years.

light shinning through the cloud sky glow

She was such a courageous women, her ability to see positive things in everything was amazing, how she always found time to help others and give them support even though her life was breaking, meant she gathered a huge following on her blog. Her words helped and comforted so many people who were going through the same from all corners of the world.

Her life may have been ended by this terrible disease which has no thought for the lives it grabs hold of and disrupts, but her story will be remembered and her memories will live on in so many people who she touched.

My thoughts go out to her family, her amazing sons who she thought so highly of, the love she had for them was inspirational and I only wish I can be even half as good a mother as she was, her husband who she loved so very much, her parents and brother and sister all meant the world to her. The world has lost an amazing person but her life was a credit to her and her memories will forever be held close to so many.

Rest in Peace Carole x


  1. I'm so sorry you have lost such a dear friend to you, my heart goes out to you. Sending hugs. When I lost my Grandad last week I published this poem which I read at his funeral this week. I take great comfort from it's words;

  2. sarah that is lovely, we will all miss carole so much , i know i will she always helped me so much xx

  3. So sorry for your loss Sarah. Carole sounds like an amazing women and I am sure she would be very proud reading this post. You brought tears to my eyes with your heart felt words.

    Best wishes to you and everyone who knew and loved her xx

  4. Sorry to hear of your loss hun, a touching post for your friend x

  5. Really dorry for your loss, beautiful words x

  6. I meant sorry not dorry.

  7. Beautifully written... So sorry for Carole, her family and her friends, you included. Emma x

  8. Caroles brother here,,, Thank you sarah and all your words of comfort and all the other mess of all ,,im not a great writer like my sister, she was the strongest person i have ever known she always put others before herself and her blog and all the words of suport, from you all helped her so much and i thank you all from the bottom of my heart. i will never get over her going but knowing she touched so many people keeps me strong and the rest of the family the world has lost a great person SLEEP SIS NO PAIN NO MORE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    1. thank you for commenting Eddie, Carole is at peace now free of pain she will be missed but never forgotten x

  9. Oh Sarah, I'm so sorry you have lost your friend. Your post made me cry. My loving thoughts & condolences go out to Caroles family & friends. Sending you a Big Hug xxx

  10. Such a beautiful, heartfelt post. It has brought tears to my eyes.
    Makes you remember just how fragile life is and how we need to grab life while we have it.
    I'm sorry you have lost a friend. RIP Carole.

  11. What a lovely tribute to your friend. I lost a friend to cancer last year; she left two daughters both younger than three. It's so cruel.

  12. Sarah that was absolutely heartful and lovely. My thoughts are with you and all those dear to Carole.

  13. What a beautiful post, and so lovely that she lives on in your memory, in this post, in those she touched, and in the ripple effects of this photo, which helps another family with another loss which in turn will help another and another.

    This post is so touching Sarah.

    Liska x


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