A Story I Didn’t Know

Two years ago, my friend passed away, a victor in the war against ovarian cancer. In her first battle, she fought to remission, winning more time with family and friends and her beloved horse. When remission was lost, she battled on, hoping to contribute to the body of knowledge that will benefit other warriors, while still treasuring moments with family and friends. She so wanted to make it to see the birth of her first grandson, but it was not to be. She was the only one her son and daughter-in-law shared the baby’s name with before his birth. Through it all, her faith never wavered. Her victory is in Jesus. This is the story of my friend that I already knew.

Saturday I was at her daughter’s wedding, thinking all the while how very much my friend would have loved it. She would have loved the out in the country setting and cherished how lovely her daughter looked in her gown and veil and the smiling groom who could not contain his happiness and love, grinning and dancing with excitement as he watched his bride coming up the aisle on her dad’s arm.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the bride and her father lit a red candle in her mother’s memory. And she shared a story we didn’t know. During her mother’s last stay in the hospital, when her parents were focused on treatments and pain, she had a bright moment of good news. She confided to her mom that she was pretty sure the new guy she was dating was the one, and someday they would marry.

Saturday they did. And her mom was watching from heaven. Though there were some tears, that little story was one of many bright moments in the wedding. More than sadness, there was love.

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6 Responses to A Story I Didn’t Know

  1. OK, I’m in tears – happy tears for the bride and groom and you who remind us all that love blooms after the storms of life have taken some we love. Sad tears that cancer took your friend too soon. This piece is real and raw with the emotions of a celebration of life.

  2. You are giving me happy tears. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. You told it as a lovely tribute to your friend as well.

  3. arjeha says:

    Even though your friend wasn’t physically present she was spiritually. What a lovely story.

  4. Fran Haley says:

    Long ago I realized that when a person dies, their love does not; it lives on, just like we go on loving that person. I often have the feeling that the ones I’ve loved best and lost are near. How courageous your friend was, what a gift her love was, and still is – it is nearly tangible in this beautiful story, which is another gift that lives on in her daughter and in you, too. The wedding frames it all so perfectly – the dual gifts of life and love.

  5. Ramona says:

    What a precious story, thank you for sharing. And I’m sure that your daughter’s friend was happy to have her mom’s friend present for her celebration. I love the final words of this post: “More than sadness, there was love.”

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Diane, this story is so touching that my eyes have filled with tears. Faith is a strong factor on how we approach life and death. In this case, love moves between the two worlds.

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