On December 29th, 2010 I received an email from my friend Dora Leff. She said that she had pancreatic cancer and her time with us was undetermined. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe that my friend for over 30 years was so ill. She had lived a glorious life and would continue to do so until the end. She would say enjoy your life and share it with all your friends, live every day as if it were your last.. I cried, picked up the telephone and called her. We shared some memories and told each other how much we loved each other and how our friendship had enriched our lives. She and I had worked together for 25 years, shared bologna and American cheese heroes and split packages of twinkies. We went to movies and Broadway shows. We traveled to far away places because of our jobs. She always spoke of her great love for her husband, Jerry, and her daughter, Gabriella. We shed a few tears and made plans to meet for a BIG, juicy hamburger at P J Clarks in New York City. We did several weeks later. At the time I didn’t know it would be our last get together as we were planning a luncheon on December 3rd, 2011 and she seemed very positive that she would make it. I continued to call her. Every time I asked how are you her answer was the same GREAT. I feel great. I went to the gym today. I played tennis. I walked 6 blocks to the store. We dined out several nights this past week. I went dancing. She loved dancing. Call me again I love to hear your voice. And I would.
And so it went week after week. Then the disease took a firm grip on her and she grew weak. She said I need to hear your voice so I called more often. The week before she died her family visited. About 20 people; some flying in from Florida and Panama. She told me how happy she had been seeing them.
My dear friend passed one week later on Sunday, November 13th, 2011.
A truly beautiful human being-inside and out.. By example she proved that a person could reach their goals. She would say. – Never stop dreaming. Never say no. And never give up. Your friends and family are important. Always keep in touch even if by telephone.
I will miss her forever.
We all think that people who have touched our lives will live forever. They do, in our hearts.
Message of Hope: Thank you for allowing me to share my story. My name is Lyn Paul and I am a proud supporter of Dancers Care Foundation.