This is the last picture taken of Dottie and I together. It was October 2007 - she passed away five months later, March 12, 2008.
I remember the week like it was yesterday, we attended some art classes, went shopping, and just hung out. We talked about everything (as usual), laughed out loud, cried and gave each other crazy advice. What I didn't know then was that she was really trying to tell me good bye. I think she knew, deep down inside she knew the cancer had spread. Me, I was still in fighting mode. I knew if anybody could lick this it was Dottie.
Advice she gave me that week:
- Have F-U-N! If it isn't don't do it
- Surround yourself with the real people, not the ones that project that their lives are better than they really are.
- Stop drinking the kool aid - be inspired by someone or something, but stay true to your own path
- Give yourself permission - don't let someone else give you permission or let you think they can give you permission.