A tribute

Posted on: February 5, 2015

On Monday I lost a sweet girl named Lauren. Today I lost a dear friend named Christine.

I never would have imagined I would experience loss twice in one week. The loss of two beautiful souls within three days of each other. The loss of two people who still had so much life to live, so much to experience, so much to look forward to…

Lauren was abruptly taken by a brain aneurysm. Christine was sadly taken by liver disease and bile duct cancer.

The first time I met Christine, we were in high school. We met through a mutual friend. I’ll never forget it because we met in the hospital. I was there to see someone else and ran into my friend and Christine. Christine was there as a patient due to a dangerous heart condition that could have killed her. But, thankfully, it didn’t. We would meet again off and on for the next year and ended up attending the same college and both joined the college dance ministry. It was through this time together I got to know Christine better.

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Christine was so sweet and kind and loving. She put her heart into all she did. She was a beautiful dancer and choreographer and I loved dancing with her. Christine was a wonderful friend and had an infectious personality and was the kind of person you just wanted to be around.

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(Photo from Christine’s Facebook page)

What I admired most of all about Christine was her amazing faith. Throughout her life Christine dealt with Crohn’s disease, a heart issue, liver disease, and cancer. Two of her three beautiful daughters were born prematurely; one when Christine was just 28 weeks pregnant. Throughout everything Christine has endured, her faith didn’t waiver. I’ve read her Facebook posts day after day and have been so inspired by her amazing faith in God. Especially these past few weeks. Her doctor told her she had only a handful of weeks left to live and yet, Christine never doubted God. She always wrote how God was still working in her life and how she knew He was by her side and taking care of her every step of the way. Christine was so strong…a strong woman of God. I admire her for that. I don’t know if I could be that strong while facing the same circumstances she did. She was a shining light and an example of what God’s love looks like.

My dear Christine, I will forever cherish the time we had together. You were a wonderful friend, a beautiful dancer, a loving wife and mother. You touched my heart and were an inspiration to me in more ways than you will know. I will miss you deeply and my heart aches that you are gone, but I take joy in knowing you are no longer in pain, no longer suffering, and can dance with joy before your Heavenly father.

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