I’m having an emotional day today. A woman I know passed away this morning. She has been battling breast cancer for a while now and the treatments stopped working. She leaves behind a family including teenage children. She reached out to me on Facebook a while back and I feel terrible I never got back to her, because I didn’t even see the message until now. Sometimes this Facebook messages are hidden I don’t know why. I was also fighting my own battle. But I feel like I missed a great opportunity to know her. There were times in the hospital, when I witnessed people lose their battle. They were across the hall from me so as I sat in my bed those nights I watched all of it unfold through my door window, as the family gathered in the hall with the priest or pastor. Then, the next morning everyone was gone, the room was empty, cleaned and ready for someone else. There is a special connection to others fighting the same battle, even those I don’t know, and when someone passes due to this horrible disease, I feel a little defeated and guilty at the same time. I just pray for her and her family.