It was such a privilege to have her bright spirit in our lives for almost fourteen years. She had a fierce intelligence and a beautiful heart, and she was an integral part of every facet of our daily lives. As many of you know, she fought and prevailed against colon cancer a few years ago, and since then she had remained cancer-free. In recent days she was diagnosed with mitral valve disease and what was likely the early stages of Cushing's disease, but with medication and a special diet and careful exercise, she remained almost completely free of symptoms. Until her last day, she was happy and active and very much herself, full of attitude and personality.
Her final illness lasted only a matter of hours, but it played viciously upon her underlying health issues, and before we knew it, her valiant little heart had stilled. We are grief-stricken. It is beyond difficult to imagine life without her.
But how very fortunate we were, to be able to know her and love her and experience the joy she brought to our world.