how fragile is life

Today I found out that one of my artist friends who is about my age who was dx with cancer 8 months ago is in hospice.

Image  She is a bright and energetic artist and I have always have admired her  work.  She kept us informed about her progress.  She went to the best cancer specialist in the country and had several rounds of chemo.  At first it was shrinking the tumors.  I was quite hopeful for her.  After all she was not old and she led a healthy life.  Today I read that she is in hospice.

My stomach sank and I started to feel sick.  How could this be?  I still feel sick.  I am sorry that her life will be cut short.  I am made aware again of how life can turn in a moment or a few months.  It pulls me up to be aware that there are no guarantees, that you must live each moment fully.  I hope I can hold this in my mind when my busy world swirls around me,  And I hope that my friend will make a safe and peaceful transition.

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