Linda Lewis

Today I received some very sad news of the passing of a friend, Linda Lewis, who was diagnosed last year with acute myeloid leukemia. Linda was an amazing and accomplished woman, and you can read a bit about her in this article.

I was first “introduced” to Linda via her twin sister, Leora, who left a comment on one of my first blogs saying I might want to follow Linda on Twitter. I did, immediately, and quickly learned that Linda and I shared a very similar, somewhat dark sense of humour, and we both used it as a way of dealing with the crazy hands we had been dealt. We spent months tweeting each other back and forth, and she was hugely supportive of my blog and my writing, often sharing it with her followers.

Linda Lewis ‏@LindaOnLeukemia30 Mar

@steph_rebecca Thank you for sharing the hard truth. Thinking of you.

Linda Lewis ‏@LindaOnLeukemia8 Feb

@steph_rebecca If anyone is entitled to be an “emo wuss” you are. Thanks for your candour. See you around the Princess Margaritz someday

Linda Lewis ‏@LindaOnLeukemia22 Jan

@steph_rebecca you deserve to be grumpy! fyi, my nickname was also Brainer, but it was better than my other one in grade 8: the Prairies

Linda Lewis ‏@LindaOnLeukemia10 Jan

Worth reading: “@steph_rebecca: Cancer is a gift I’d like to return. New blog post: http://wp.me/p2VkE2-1N 

Linda Lewis ‏@LindaOnLeukemia26 Dec

@steph_rebecca: I shaved my head. http://wp.me/p2VkE2-1v ” Thank you for inspiring me to post a photo of me, the real me, as I look today

Recently, I planned to meet up with Linda at the hospital as I was finally starting to regain my strength. But it was at that time that her situation worsened, and we were not able to have our meeting.

I have thought about her every day, often checking her Twitter page for updates, as I realized I had grown quite dependent on hearing from her. Yesterday I emailed her sister to let her know I was thinking about Linda all the time and hoping she was okay. Leora emailed me this afternoon to let me know Linda had passed last night, in her home.

I can’t really express how I feel. To lose a friend I never got the chance to meet. To have my first real “cancer friend” loss. But I don’t even really want to try to express my feelings, because it isn’t about me. It’s about her family. Her children. Her sister. As someone who has a sister who doubles as a best friend, I can only imagine how hard that loss must be.

I hate cancer. I hate it so much.

Rest in peace, Linda. I promise to give cancer the big “EFF YOU” in your memory.