My good friend who has been sick for so long died on Friday. The viewing is tomorrow and the funeral service is Wednesday. One more reminder that we are only temporary residents of this planet and we all need to face our ultimate demise at one point or another. We had known each other since the 5th grade along with another. The three of us were so close we were like the Three Musketeers. Even though she had decided I was not good enough to talk to in the last two decades of her life, I still call her my good friend.
She was sick since 2008 when she developed a pain in her side which would not go away. Her doctor sent her for tests and ultimately discovered that she had Primary Peritoneal Cancer, which is pretty rare. Most people discover it when their belly swells, but because of the pain they caught it somewhat early. Her tumor had attached itself to the abdominal wall so she that is why she was experiencing symptoms sooner. After that discovery she went through chemo several times and toward the end, there were many trips to the hospital to open up her kidneys that the cancer shut down. Despite the fact her obit says she went peacefully, our common friend said that was not the case.
As I mentioned she stopped talking to me shortly before I was married - to this day I have never discovered the reason why. Even after many attempts to reach out to her, she remained silent to the end. She did however, accept my friend request on Facebook so that may have been a silent acknowledgement of our continued friendship; at least I took it as such. I suppose now I will have to wait until we meet again, in heaven or another life, to find out the reason. I will remember the many good times we had together. Rest in peace, Mary Al.