For my niece Kat, who lost her battle with cancer on Friday

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I’m limited
Just look at me – I’m limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn’t do
So now it’s up to you

For both of us
Now it’s up to you… 

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you… 

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend… 

Like a ship blown from it’s mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

Because I knew you
I have been changed for good

And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for

But then, I guess we know
There’s blame to share

And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

Like a ship blown from it’s mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

Who can say if I’ve been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

And because I knew you… 
Because I knew you… 

Because I knew you… 
I have been changed for good…

The Lyrics of For Good, written by Stephen Schwartz for the musical Wicked.

Kat fought a very long battle with cancer. She never gave up, never lost hope, and was always positive and upbeat. Her husband Brant was by her side fighting with her every step of the way. Kat fought until she knew it was time for acceptance and peace. I will miss her forever but she taught me so much about life and death.

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10 replies

  1. Oh, Janrt. So very sorry. Peace be with you all. Xx

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  2. I’ve been wondering how Kat was doing. I’m so, so sorry for all of you who loved her. Her light remains….

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  3. Hi Janet, My deepest sympathies as well. I wish I could give you a good hug. Your niece Kat actually popped into my thoughts just last week as I was reading your blog entry that day as I didn’t recall any updates from your post several months ago. So something in the mysterious winds that float across miles.

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  4. My sympathies Janet. It truly is one of the cruellest diseases. I hope you take some comfort from all your blog friends.

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  5. Janet, you have my deepest sympathy. It’s so hard to lose anyone but when it’s a young person it just seems even more heartbreaking. I’m so very sorry. ~ Libby

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