Laura passed away on November 30 2016. She packed an awful lot of living into her 62 years on this earth. She entertained, taught, and shared her many gifts and her tremendous love of life with countless people along the way. After her ovarian cancer recurred in the Fall of 2013, we spent most of 2014 dealing with the multitude of complications that had beset her. In 2015 she had a remission and we took advantage of that period of time to do as many things and see as many people as we possibly could. Most couples, if they’re lucky, get to spend their Golden Years together. 2015 was our “Golden Year.”
Laura had several “Dark Nights of the Soul” during her cancer journey but she was relentless in her ability to rebound from them through her sheer force of will and her boundless optimism. She always looked for the positive in situations and the good in people. Her inner strength was immeasurable. Even in early 2016 when the cancer began to spread throughout her body, she still managed to perform excerpts from “Please Send Hats” on two separate occasions for the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance. She also continued doing presentations of Survivors Teaching Students® Saving Women’s Lives a program that ovarian cancer survivors present to 3rd year medical students.
When she passed away at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care she was surrounded by loving family and friends. She had a beautific smile on her face much like the one she shared with almost everyone with whom she came into contact. She deserved to smile. A life WELL lived.