Date: 12 Feb 2012 6:34 pm Title: The Last
The light comes from God, and after you had passed it on to as many as you could, you took that light with you back to God, LIzzie. Paul was right - you were, and are, a very precious jewel in God's eye, and a pearl beyond price. What a shock for Paul, but what generosity!
As to courage, none of us feels courage inside, we're just screaming like a hurt child, but to those who watch us cope with whatever life hands us, it does seem as if we have a special measure of courage. And you had that and more, Lizzie, despite all your fears.
Thank you, Paul and Claire. This really can't be easy....
Date: 12 Feb 2012 2:11 pm Title: The Last
Liz shines through this writing as a strong vibrant generous person. The
'terminal' diagnosis doesn't change that, though it shakes her to the core, and those of you who were closest to her.We know that she helped many folk
in her will, and this poignant piece
of writing will help many more.
Thank you Claire and Paul.
Date: 11 Feb 2012 8:13 pm Title: The Last
Bravest lady in the land, Liz! We all knew that! You were allowed to feel life wasn't fair, allowed to say you didn't feel you any more, after being given such a diagnosis at your age. You'd already coped with so much pain in your life, including the loss of your little angel, that this did indeed seem so unfair.
Thanks for your own courage, Paul and Clair.
We agree whole-heartedly with your sentiments, you know the first person she admitted to was Paul (deaf Paul!)...she felt too guilty to do so to wither of us. He was a definate rock for her, and I think the signing was easier than speaking for her sometimes...
Paul and Claire
Date: 11 Feb 2012 4:31 pm Title: The Last
Thank you so much for posting this. It's immensely moving and provides so much to think about. I wonder, did Liz realise how the effect of what she wrote and the way she lived would continue to ripple outwards after her death? Probably not - but it's inspiring.
Anne, I think ahe knew that this piece would most certainly have an effect, but perhaps not just how far the ripple would in fact reach. We hope you continue to enjoy it, there's a fair bit more to add in still I suspect...
Date: 11 Feb 2012 11:40 am Title: The Last
Date: 11 Feb 2012 9:44 am Title: The Last
I can see how being strong for everybody else then would have been so draining. I totally see why you felt her so special. Even with the lines blurred between reality and fiction it comes across how well she dealt with things. Thank you again for reposting and hope you are both doing ok getting through it being reminded this way.
Date: 11 Feb 2012 1:07 am Title: The Last
Lizzie can certainly be proud of her actions tonight - I don't know many people who could be so honest, yet so mature about being faced with such a severe recurrence barely a year after the first round of cancer, let alone have the courage to face people like that and tell them. I'm glad she was wise enough to realise she was coming to the end of her tether though, and let Paul know she needed to be out of there.
Thank you, Paul and Claire.
Date: 10 Feb 2012 6:34 pm Title: The Last
Oh, Liz, how did you do it, my dear? How brave you were, and how brave you expected your friends to be for you - as they were. I had trouble seeing the screen after reading the words of the songs....
I don't think she ever expected them to be brave for her, she always shielded them from very worse, told the truth yes, but only about 80% of it. She just asked for their support, and as a rule what she asked for she got...
I can also add that Liz got about two lines into Over the Rainbow before falling totally apart, thankfully the whole choir were there to catch her, I don't think she ever realised how intergral a part she had become.
Date: 10 Feb 2012 6:30 pm Title: The Last
I keep wondering how Liz found the courage to finish this - but then I realise that it probably helped her, in many ways, and will help her friends in the future, when that first devastating pain has softened a little. I hope so, amyway, Paul and Claire.
Date: 10 Feb 2012 4:27 pm Title: The Last
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' can make me cry at any time - am typing with tears in my eyes right now.
Liz was so courageous there as she told the choir members what was happening - I'm sure she was heartened by the love and support she received from them all.
Thanks, Paul for the explanation about signing - I've seen it done frequently, and realised it couldn't be complete sentences but not known what was left out.
Thank you, too, for continuing to post this.
Date: 10 Feb 2012 9:06 am Title: The Last
Thank you, still appreciate learning about her in this way.
Glad you are appreciating this, you'll have gathered that certainly Claire and I thought she was a very special person, and I'm sure a few others agree...
Date: 10 Feb 2012 2:41 am Title: The Last
I do love Paul's advice there: 'Head up, shoulders back and find your little place of peace and calm' - it was so exactly what was needed as Lizzie prepared to share her news with the other choir members.
Thank you for continuing to post this.
That gentleman was permenatly good advice, and did have a distinct influence over Liz, he says she paraphrased that significantly but the generaly gist was that...it's just minus select words and phrases...
Date: 07 Feb 2012 4:25 pm Title: The Last
She was so very determined to do what she could for others and to lead life on her own terms. This has reminded me of 'that dress'....
Thank you, Paul and Claire
If I can work it out I'll manage to get a picture up of her in 'that dress' when we get to that part that is...
She was very determined to do what she could for others. It wasn't until afterwards that so many people told us how much she cushioned the blow of the news and was incredibably sweet and gentle about telling the the worst of the news.
Date: 06 Feb 2012 11:29 am Title: The Last
thanks for the posting
I remember about the outfit from "real time" postings