Solstice Cards

As I was sending out
my Winter Solstice cards and updating contacts, I discovered one of my
long time online friends had passed away last month. I did a search and
found her obit. She had been ill for a long time and it had been a few
months since I spoke with her or heard from her. And just now as I was
sorting through old data CDs, I found her website backup.

never met her but we became those internet kind of friends you see
everyday and IM. She helped me learn about what it was to live with
disabling health stuff, and remain kind, gentle and patient after my
second spinal surgery by talking me through anxiety and panic attacks
and keeping me busy with web stuff. When her husband died we spent
hours online together so she didn’t feel so alone. I’ll miss her light
in the world.

that I am busier and a life of constant doctor visits has morphed into
an art & writing career, peppered with a job and some volunteer
work all balanced with a spinal cord injury and the needs of my own
family, I don’t talk with those women with whom I forged online
friendships with as often. I don’t update here as often as I might for
the same reasons. Sometimes months go by. Sometimes, I remind myself to
drop an e-mail and then something happens to distract me. I keep up by
reading their blogs when I have the time to check in but I wonder if
it’s enough. Of course, they have the same issues- family, grandbabies,
health concerns that zap time and energy and so I don’t hear from them
as much either. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be…

The Obit

Sopatient: R. Hempel

Sopatient, 57, of Katy, Texas died November 5, 2006. Ms. Hempel
was preceded in death by her husband, James ; parents, Robert and
Edith D.; aunt and uncle, Ruby and Blackie D. .

She is
survived by three step-sons, Van , Edward and Jason
and wife Christy; sister Vicki L.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services were held  at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Katy, TX.

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