Family and friends said goodbye to our cousin Liz today in Tallahassee, Florida. Liz was the wife of Logan's cousin, Dusty.
She was born and raised in Chicagoland (like me), moved to the South for college (like me), met a charismatic Southern man (like me), and decided to remain in the South (like me).
They were married in 2004 (like us). They had two completely charming little blonde daughters, and Liz went back to graduate school. Logan and I were only lucky enough to meet Liz a few times, at family gatherings, but she was always so kind and sweet, and such a terrific mother to her girls.
Liz was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, but with chemo and radiation treatment she went into remission. She finished up her graduate degree last year, right at the time the cancer returned with a vengeance. A course of invasive and very difficult treatments were enough to hold the cancer at bay, but only for a few months.
Cancer is such an evil disease.
During the course of her illness, Liz's family set up a Facebook page for updates. They are currently planning benefits for the family to help defray the cost of medical care. They've also been keeping people updated through a Meal Train site, for people that aren't on Facebook.
I'm sorry we didn't live closer to you, Liz and Dusty. I'm sorry we didn't get to know Liz better. We will help to keep her memory alive and support you and the girls as your family and friends. We love you.