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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    Love you sweetie. I’m glad you were able to reconnect, even though what happened is heart-breaking.

    (And I bet you were both better friends than you remembered being.)Report

  2. Avatar Jason says:

    Dude, I’m sorry. That’s the horribly normal part of aging; folks you know start to die. I’m FB friends with a dude I served with who has kidney cancer now. He’s still alive and fighting, but I worry about him, and then feel guilty for my own worries about mortality.Report

  3. Avatar aaron david says:

    I am terribly sorry Jay.

    A few years ago I got an FB message from my college girlfriend. But I didn’t read it, ’cause I really don’t facebook and it sat unnoticed for about six months. So, I was at the dentist or something banal like that, killing time and decided to read FB, saw I message and opened it up. It was her telling me that her husband, who oddly enough had been my brother’s roommate in college and our boss at the pizza place where we met, had just died from cancer, before hitting 50.

    We weren’t close by that time in our lives, and no closer now. The tone of the message was her simply letting me know, as she had been coming to grips with this for months at that point. And had waited months before passing the news on, with months passing before I read the message.

    None of that made it any easier.Report

  4. Avatar bookdragon says:

    I’m so sorry. I lost a close friend from graduate school a couple years ago. Pancreatic cancer. It feels like a blink of the eye between getting the news she was sick and that she gone. We were literally making arrangements to go see her in hospice when her husband called and said she had passed.Report

  5. fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

    Yeah, got an e-mail this morning that a man I used to do Youth Group with (back when he and I and another woman ran the teenaged youth group at church) died of cancer. He had been unwell for a while but had been away from church for even longer (his mother was not well).

    The thing that hits me hardest at the moment is that I’ll never hear his laugh or his slightly-sarcastic humor again….Report

  6. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    Well, that took an unexpectedly dark turn. I’m sorry to hear that your friendship won’t be able to blossom again.

    At our age (I’m 54), I suppose it begins to become a bit of a fact of life when friends begin to die. I lost one several years ago, and the news was rather jarring.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      I’m part of a group of people who’ve worked together on and off for about twenty years, late 80s to early 10’s, and we’ve mostly stayed in touch. Now that we’re all older and more settled down, it’s unlikely I’ll work with the vast majority of them ever again. Which, when I think about it, makes me sad.

      The first one of us went a few months ago. Cancer. Many of us got together to have a few drinks in his memory. That’s going to be happening more and more.Report

  7. Avatar bevedog says:

    I’m sorry this story ended the way it did.

    The first part made me think of this song.


  8. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Thanks to all and condolences to all.

    I wish I had talked to her last year.

    I wish I had dreamed about her last year.Report

  9. Avatar Pinky says:

    My brother went through this with his old college roommate, except he reached out a month too late. Jaybird’s right – reach out now.Report