These posts don't get easier to write. I am numb with sadness tonight. One of the greatest blessings of having CF is the incredible connections you make with others who have CF. On the other hand, the hardest part about having CF, BY FAR, is losing the ones you love and cherish to this devastating disease. I only met Leslie a few years ago. When we were introduced, she told me I was her hero for having the courage to go ahead with my pregnancy. I answered that she was MY HERO for showing us all how it's done...fighting so gracefully and being an example of a vibrant, beautiful and strong CFer!
This picture of us was taken last year at the Women Who Take Our Breath Away luncheon. Leslie and I were fellow nominees. As you can see by my red puffy eyes, I was grateful (and emotional) to be honored with and sitting next to one of my heros.
You will learn from the video below that Leslie lived a life full of adventure and passion despite her physical limitations. She celebrated her 50th birthday this year and inspired ALL who knew her to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. Her days and months were filled much like mine, with treatments, coughing and in and out of the hospital, but she certainly didn't let that prevent her from completely loving, living and inspiring others to "BELIEVE...anything is possible!"
Breathe Easy Sweet Leslie, you will be so dearly missed.