My Fighting Zebra, Melissa, is finally at rest.
Melissa went into hospice in early March, and was not expected to last more than a few days.
but true to form, she managed to make it for another 7 months.
It is hard to explain the feelings I have right now. Of course it is heartbreaking to lose someone like her, but at the same time, I know she was ready to be free of pain. In a way, I was ready too.
After watching her suffer in pain and struggle to breathe for so long, peace became the blessing. We had talked about it many times, knowing there was no amount of medicine that could even take the edge off and that there was no chance of improvement, we began accept and even welcome the "end".
Melissa was a true inspiration to anyone that knew her. Despite her illness she always managed to smile and laugh; And those around her couldn't help but do the same. Her joy was contagious and she brought out the best in people. Melissa's love for her family and friends was second to none, her loyalty and generosity unmatched. She had a heart of pure gold. Not a day will go by without me remembering her. I have only known her for about 3 years but in that time our bond became one of the strongest I've ever had.
Zebra & Ducky.
Best Friends Forever.
Breathe Easy my Fighting Zebra,
may you finally have the peace you deserve.
March 12th, 1983 - October 24th, 2012