Saturday, September 21, 2013

Goodbye for Now 6/29/82 - 9/21/13

By my side along with friends and family, Karin passed out of this world today, peacefully and calmly.

It's been a most difficult week. The cancer metastasized to her liver and toxins quickly built up. But not before many many more wonderful moments together. Karin maintained her poise, warmth, and beauty throughout her entire life, and her written words are a legacy that will keep her memory alive and well. Her writing has helped us all in different ways and will continue to benefit all who take the time to read, listen, and think.

Karin was able to maintain such an incredible outlook because of the people around her, especially those in her blog community who shared so much of their own lives with her. From the bottom of my heart, than you for your support and love that you've shown to both of us.

The energy that she has left behind for all of us is palpable. We must promise never to lose sight of the valuable lessons we learned from her. Embrace one another, share, learn, stretch yourself, embrace your passion, listen, love, and keep your eyes peeled.

I will love you forever, Karin Diamond. Goodbye for now.

-Craig

Memorial Service details will follow. 

72 comments:

  1. The world has lost a special woman. Karin's warmth, joy and love will be sorely missed! My sorrow is felt for you, Craig, Karin's family and everyone who knew Karin. Megan Wares

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  2. I never met her but she touched my soul...may she rest in peace sweet angel. Thoughts and prayers.

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  3. with heartfelt grief and gratitude for the spirt she so graciously shared....she was a remarkable and inspirational soul.

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  4. Oh, Craig... the lessons you both have taught us are so valuable. There are many of us sharing in your grief and wishing there was something to be done to help ease your pain. I love you, my friend... Michelle

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  5. God's Garden
    God looked around his garden
    And found an empty place,
    He then looked down upon the earth
    And saw your tired face.
    He put his arms around you
    And lifted you to rest.
    God's garden must be beautiful
    He always takes the best.
    He knew that you were suffering
    He knew you were in pain.
    He knew that you would never
    Get well on earth again.
    He saw the road was getting rough
    And the hills were hard to climb.
    So he closed your weary eyelids
    And whispered, 'Peace be Thine'.
    It broke our hearts to lose you
    But you didn't go alone,
    For part of us went with you
    The day God called you home.

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    1. Thank you for sharing - this is beautiful for anyone who has lost someone so special!

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    2. You said it all. Thank you.

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  6. Rest well now sweet precious girl. You have touched all of our hearts and you will never be forgotten. Our hearts are broken tonight. Irene

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  7. I was thinking of you guys today. Craig, I am soooo sorry! I too followed Karin's blog. Although I didn't know her personally it was evident that she was a phenomenal woman. My heart goes out to you and her family. Know that the whole COIA community is there for you if you need anything! My heart goes out to you. ��Sandra F

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  8. Go gently into that good night our oh so brave warrior. You gave so much and we are all so grateful for your gifts to us.
    For Craig, family and friends and blog readers and responders - we all know the enormity that Karin gave will carry on in our words, thoughts and deeds. The passing of this remarkable woman will leave an indelible impressions on the hundreds she affected.

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  11. Condolences to all of Karin's family, friends,a nd especially her husband. Her love for all of you was strong and will live on. Goodbye, to a beautiful spirit and brilliant writer, who was funny, strong, generous, unafraid to look reality straight in the face, but never give up hope. I will light a candle for her tonight in thanks and remembrance. - West Hartford reader

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  12. No words can express how deeply Karin's words and outlook on life have touched me over the years. We lost our daughter to cancer and I came to know of Karin's blog at that time through your friend Nicole. Though I only got to meet her in person two or three times at various birthday parties, the bone marrow drive etc, I have followed her story closely here on her blog and through Nicole. Our church (St. Pats in Burlington) also always had her on the prayer roll. So many people were rooting her on.

    Karin's positivity against all odds has been a true inspiration. Abiding with you as you face the upcoming days and praying that you always feel her presence close in your heart. I am so, so sorry for your loss Craig. She affected more people than you will ever truly know.
    -Kristin Binder

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  13. We hold you both in our hearts. Karin's words inspired so many. Sending you love and peace Craig. To both of your families as well. Hugs,
    Debbie

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  14. Craig, I am so sorry to be reading this blog entry. I remember you and Karin from the BTS Rides. I've followed her blog and was hopeful her story would have a much different chapter. Karin was an amazing person whose strength and courage was inspiring. My sincere condolences.
    Barbara

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  15. I am shocked and dumbfounded. So much fight, so much strength. I didn't know Karin personally but have followed her blog for years. I will miss her words and her special insight into life's beauty. My heart is with your family at this difficult time.

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  16. Since her diagnosis, not one day has passed when Karin and Craig haven't entered my thoughts. Her words have been a constant source of inspiration and a reminder to me of what is important in this world. I will be forever in awe of Karin and inspired by her journey. Praying for Craig to be healed by her loving light and energy. Peace today and always- Lisa

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  17. Craig,

    I have followed Karin's blog ever since the day I got diagnosed in 2011 and went to Google searching for answers, searching for hope. I read her blog from start to finish that night. Her words and experiences have touched my life and the lives of many others. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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  18. I am so saddened by the news of Karin's passing. I have followed her blog for years and have always admired her strength and grace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Even though I never met her, I will miss her wisdom tremendously.

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  19. God needed the perfect Angel... and perfection she was. Our hearts, prayers and love go to you and Karin's family. She will be missed; her wisdom, her smile, her grace. XO Kim, Jeremy, and Leah

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    1. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Craig. Sending love your way.

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  21. Craig and Family -- Please know everyone cannot believe what has happened but know that we all loved Karin -- even if only through her blog. She was an inspiration and her spirit will live on.

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  22. Craig, we are so, so sad to hear of Karin's passing. Her blog is inspirational and amazing, and I'm sure will go on to inspire so many. She was one incredible human being. And she had you there by her side, just as incredible.
    Love,
    Sharon, Connor and Ryley

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  23. So very sorry for your loss... God Bless You and Karen on her journey home...
    Love and Light <3
    Rebecca

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  24. Craig,
    Karin was my supervisor for a summer internship at the GHAC. I immediately aspired to be like her. Her positivity and ambitious spirit were infectious. We bonded over a common love of the phrase "Live. Laugh. Love." If anyone ever truly epitomized these words, it was Karin. Thank you for sharing her brilliance with the rest of us. She will remain a part of each life she touched, both directly and through her chosen medium of writing. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  25. Craig,

    I am so very sorry. Karin was a beautiful girl and an amazing fighter. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  26. Craig, we are so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Through reading her blog, it was very clear what a beautiful and special life you shared together. She was an amazing woman and will be with you forever. She couldn't have had a more loving and supportive husband and family. Our love and thoughts are with you and your families. Love, Shari, Clyde, Lili & Evan St.Amand xoxo

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  27. What an amazing young woman. She fought with strength and grace. What a gift she gave to us by sharing her story. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.

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  28. I can't begin to list all that Karin taught me through her words - she has left a lasting legacy for many.

    Warm thoughts to Craig, her Mom and Dad - you have some tough days ahead. Please know that Karin will find ways to help you through.

    Kathy

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  29. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Karin touched so many people's lives with her writing. I've followed her journey and am so profoundly sad to read of her passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of an amazing, inspiring woman.

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  30. Dear Craig,
    I am so sorry. I read her blog religiously and loved and respected her so much. I had such admiration for both you and her. She lived life so fully, and you were always by her side. I never thanked her for sharing her life with everyone. I will miss her.
    Warm thoughts to you, your dog, and the rest of her family.

    Cara

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  31. My heart and prayers are with you, Craig, and with your families. Karin was inspiring on so many levels, and shared such wisdom in her writing. I will be trying to live with eyes peeled, as she did.

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  32. Thank you for sharing part of our life with the world - us. Karin's writing was honest, thoughtful and inspiring and she certainly experienced the world with eyes peeled. Even though I only knew Karin through this blog, I am so sad to hear this news. My prayers were that there would be a different chapter to her story. She will be missed.

    Craig, may you experience comfort in your loving family, your many friends and the outpouring of compassion this blog has nurtured. You, too, are an inspiration. A true testament of unconditional love and sticking together through better or worse and in sickness and in health.

    JF

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  33. Tears were shed and hugs were shared for you all last night.

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  34. Words cannot express how sorry I am. I reached out to Karin after I failed my first stem cell transplant and ran across her blog. She was always so nice and thoughtful and helped me so much in at a time where I was scared to death and hadn't known anyone else who'd survived 2 SCTs. I've followed her blog religiously and am devastated to know that I won't get to read any more of her beautiful words and feel her incredible spirit. She was an extremely smart, courageous, and beautiful woman all the way to the end and I know she will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Praying for you in this tough time Craig.

    -Amberley

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  35. Craig, so much I learned from this wonderful woman who shared her heart with all of us. While I didn't know Karin personally our cancer diagnoses came within a week of each other, and I discovered her blog early on. Like sticky paper you all hung in there with Karin, and while she has her "wings", you will always have her in your heart. Prayers with you all.

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  36. :( Sad day. Karin was such an angel. Will be missed by many.

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  37. I'm so, so sorry for your loss, Craig. I've been reading Karin's blog since 2010 and have been continually inspired and humbled by her words. She helped me through some tough days with her go-get attitude and positive energy. I feel as if I have lost a dear friend today, even though we never met. I can't imagine your pain right now. All I can say is please know you are not alone. So many who loved Karin will mourn her and miss her. She was a remarkable, beautiful woman. She will not be forgotten. Emma, from Greece xxxxxxx

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  38. When I open the webpage just now, I literally felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. I am crying as I type this and I never met Karin. But that didn't matter, because she helped me with her words when no one else could. Reading her blog here gave me the perspective needed to keep fighting my Hodgkin's lymphoma. I will always remember, respect, and appreciate her.

    I will pray and send warm thoughts to you, Craig and to her family.

    Pegah Babaei

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  39. Dear Craig,

    Karin's spirit, strength and grace will continue to inspire all who knew her and who read her eloquent entries. You and all of Karin's loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer, Matt and Katherine Gillis

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  40. Craig,
    I am so sorry to hear this news, Karin was, and always will be, an inspiration. Although I do not know either of you, I have been reading for many years. I will miss Karin. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Heidi

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  41. Dear Craig. I, like many others, discovered Karin's blog while researching something Hodgkin related for my husband. Over the past 2 years, I have read with laughter, sadness, delight, anticipation, fear; pretty much every human emotion. I can recall saying, "I love Karin!" after reading numerous postings. How do you love someone you've only "met" though writings? I think the intimacy with which Karin wrote enabled a warm fondness to grow into love. I think that the love she inspired will live on as a testament to her spirit. My sincere condolences to you, her family and friends. I Love Karin!
    Elizabeth

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  42. To Karin's family,

    I'm so sorry to read of Karin's passing. After reading the terrible news last night, I stayed up until 2am, reading back through her blog, and thought of her first thing when I woke up this morning. Her lovely, strong spirit shone so brightly through her prose. I, as many others, knew her only through this blog and yet read every entry as it was posted and held her in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you Craig, for taking the time, during such a stunning loss, to write to her blog family and let us know of her passing.

    I have a son who was diagnosed 5 years ago, at age 25, with Hodgkin's, which is how I stumbled onto Karin's blog. In addition to sending my condolences to Craig, who was so clearly Karin's rock and great love, I also want to send my sympathy to Karin's mother. When Karin wrote of your care and support for her through out, I always held you in my thoughts too, knowing how devastating it is to stand with your loved child (an adult, yet always your child) when they are suffering. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.

    Virginia (in Hartford)

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  43. I am so sorry to hear of Karin's passing…I also checked her blog daily for updates and I always cheered her on Another warrior, Kirsten, posted this poem on her blog, cancersmancer, that I read each day when I was going through my own illness from Hodgkins..I hope it brings some peace to Craig and his and Karin's family

    Much, much love and sympathy

    Karen

    A Parable of Immortality
    by Henry Van Dyke

    I am standing upon the seashore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
    and starts for the blue ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and strength,
    and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
    like a speck of white cloud
    just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
    Then someone at my side says,
    "There she goes"
    Gone where?
    Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
    as she was when she left my side
    and just as able to bear her load of living freight
    to the place of destination.
    Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
    And just at the moment
    when someone at my side says,
    "There she goes"
    there are other eyes watching her coming . . .
    and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .
    "Here she comes"

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  44. Craig, my friend, I am so sad for you and your family. I followed Karin's blog and thought of her in moments when I was feeling defeated and needed perspective. She was never defeated and seemed so strong a fighter. Please let those of us who count you as friend and COIA family to help, whatever the need. I"ll be thinking of you, sending you positive energy. Rebecca

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    - Mary Frye

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  45. To Craig and Karin's Family -

    I have never met any of you but I have read each and every post that Karin has written. I have thought about her all day today and am so incredibly sad to hear of her passing. She was a very courageous, determined and absolutely beautiful woman. I am astounded at the multitude of dignity she has been able to convey in the way she lived her life these past 4 years. I am so inspired by her amazing spirit.

    I hope that her memoirs over the past 4 years serve as a reminder to you that she never once seemed to lose hope, that she fought such a courageous battle and that her love for all of you is pure, true and everlasting - even from above.

    All of my love,
    Lindsay (Rocky Hill)

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  46. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Much love and sympathy. Debbie

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  47. Craig,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. I have no words...
    Hugs to you and Karin's family at this terrible time.
    Holly

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  48. Craig, I am so sorry to hear this! Anything you need, please let me know-all of us at CO love you and our thoughts are with you-stay strong White Diamond!

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  49. Craig,
    I have such a heavy heart thinking of you, Karin's family and the beautiful woman Karin was! As you know Karin and I were brought together by the Morley family and quickly became partners and crime during these functions! My favorite being at the Pond House....finding Karin sitting at a random table, by herself��! I feel truly blessed to have had her in my life, and that of my daughters! She will live on in our hearts forever and will serve as an inspiration to all! Heaven has gained a beautiful angel!
    All my love,
    Kara

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  51. My heart is heavy after reading this. I never knew Karin but felt I knew her from reading her posts. She had such a way with words and expressing herself. She truly touched my life and has altered my perspective on it. I found her blog this past year when my husband was diagnosed with NHL. I am so grateful that I did as it provided me with a source of inspiration and someone to look up to during a difficult time in my life. Her absence will be sorely missed. Craig and Karin's family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Lisa Bruns

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  52. I'm so so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine what you and Karin's family are experiencing right now. Karin has been an inspiration to me since I found her blog after a close friend of mine was diagnosed. I went back and read every entry and I have prayed for you, her husband, as you went through this very, very difficult time with her. Bless you.
    Sarah B.

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  53. I am so sorry to hear about Karin. I have never met her but feel like I know her from the past few years of amazing blog entries. I have never known a stronger, braver, more positive person and I have definitely learned a great deal of lessons from her posts. She embodied everything I hope to become. Please know my heart hurts for you at this time.

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  54. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was an absolute light and inspiration for everybody in the community. I came across her blog when my best friend was diagnosed and her words and strength helped my support my friend along her own journey. She was an absolutely beautiful woman inside and out and will be missed my many. My very deepest sympathies to you Craig - I cannot even begin to understand the depth of your grief. And to Karin's fabulous family - my thoughts are with you at this time. I will think of Karin often and will keep my eyes peeled, always.

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  55. I am so sorry to hear of this loss - I pray for your family to experience a peace that passes all understanding in these coming weeks, months and years. Her passing will leave a void in so many lives - even for those of us who only knew her through her words here on the blog. blessings.

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  56. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I never met you two before but you have been in my prayers. Trust in the Lord and He will guide you.

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  57. Like many here, I never had the privilege of meeting Karin, but I feel as if one of my closest friends has left me. She touched my life in ways I cannot begin to describe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  58. Craig and family,
    There are no words to express my sorrow at the loss of such a wonderful, strong, smart woman from this Earth. Sometimes there are just some people that live life with such zest that they are an affirmation for us all of how to live life well. Karin, through all of the unfair challenges presented to her over the past four years, continued to show us all how to find the beauty in life. Her words will live on to help many others. I hope the impact she had on this world brings you comfort in the days ahead.

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  59. I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. I have been reading Karin's blog since my sister was diagnosed with 4B HL 3 years ago. I simply don't have any words. My thoughts are with you.

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  60. She has left a place in so many people's hearts, those who were blessed to have known her personally and through the many people, including myself, who have witnessed the writing of an angel. I am so very sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers for a very very long time.

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  61. What a void has been left for many, like myself who never knew Karin personally. I have followed her blog from the beginning, and for the last several months have looked anxiously each day for a new post. My heart goes out to all, especially her loving family and friends. I will always be grateful for what Karin taught me...great courage in the face of adversity, shining optimism where others might only see dark, and a zest for life that few ever have. Take care Craig, and give a kiss to Sammy dog for us all. God bless.

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  62. Craig,
    I never met Karin, but, like so many others, I felt as though I'd known her for years. I've been following her blog ever since I worked at Morley (for a quick stint) and heard about her diagnosis. She was a beautiful, amazing, courageous, inspiring woman, and I think we have ALL learned so many valuable lessons about life from her. She loved life like nobody's business, even though she had to face so many obstacles. She always, always persevered. Anytime I complain about something petty or trivial, or have to endure something less than pleasant, I will think of Karin...and how she was STILL able to love this life, despite her struggle.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time. I'm so, so sorry, but I hope that these testimonials from strangers and your own memories help you get through this time. XOXO

    Melissa

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  63. When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
    -David M. Romano, 1993

    When tomorrow starts without me,
    And I'm not there to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    All filled with tears for me;
    I wish so much you wouldn't cry
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things,
    We didn't get to say.
    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    And each time you think of me,
    I know you'll miss me too;
    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    Please try to understand,
    That an angel came by and called my name,
    And took me by the hand,
    And said my place was ready,
    In heaven far above
    And that I'd have to leave behind
    All those I dearly love.
    But as I turned to walk away,
    A tear fell from my eye
    For all my life, I'd always thought,
    I didn't want to die.
    I had so much to live for,
    So much left yet to do,
    It seemed almost impossible,
    That I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays,
    The good ones and the bad,
    The thought of all the love we shared,
    And all the fun we had.
    If I could relive yesterday
    Just even for a while,
    I'd say good-bye and kiss you
    And maybe see you smile.
    But then I fully realized
    That this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    Would take the place of me.
    And when I thought of worldly things
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you, and when I did
    My heart was filled with sorrow.
    But when I walked through heaven's gates
    I felt so much at home
    When God looked down and smiled at me,
    From His great golden throne,
    He said, "This is eternity,
    And all I've promised you.
    Today your life on earth is past
    But here it starts anew.
    I promise no tomorrow,
    But today will always last,
    And since each day's the same way,
    There's no longing for the past.
    You have been so faithful,
    So trusting and so true.
    Though there were times
    You did some things
    You knew you shouldn't do.
    But you have been forgiven
    And now at last you're free.
    So won't you come and take my hand
    And share my life with me?"

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don't think we're far apart,
    For every time you think of me,
    I'm right here, in your heart.

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  64. I am so sorry Craig and to everyone in Karin's family. I didn't read the news until yesterday of Karin's passing and I have thought about her and you constantly the last 24 hours. Thank you Karin for sharing your story, it helped me get through my own personal cancer battle. I will never forget you.

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  65. Thinking of you in your loss, Craig. Karin was an amazing woman and has left a beautiful legacy on this Earth.


    "You can shed tears that she is gone
    or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her and only that she’s gone
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back
    or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

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  66. My sincere condolences to Craig, and Karin's family and many friends. I just finished reading this entire blog, starting from 2009 (those first few posts before Karin's diagnosis) all the way up through this one. I found this blog exactly one week ago, as a coincidence. What struck me most about Karin is nothing to do with her cancer and how she battled it. Rather, just the fact that she is a person who had SO much fun experiencing LIFE... savoring all the yummy tastes, beautiful sights, inspiring music, crisp seasony smells, and sensations. I love that so much about her.

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  67. I can't believe I missed her by just a few days! I just happened upon Karin's blog this morning, I actually commented at the end of an entry that was posted in February of last year. I didn't notice until about 10min. ago or that she had just recentley passed. I feel awful. Just from reading her blog from February 5th of this year I could tell our lives were identical! I am a 33 year old woman married to an incredible man, I have an amazing family and group of friends, and I too am fighting Hodgkins lymphoma with Brentuxemab. I was so excited when I found Karin this morning because our lives sounded so similar; the disease, the chemo, the family and husband, the pain, the fatigue, everything. You all lost a loved one and I am so sorry that this has happened to you. I was extremely excited because I thought I had found someone going thru the same thing as me, and I thought I could vent to this wonderful person who would know exactly how I was feeling. Well....I don't know what to say except that I'm sorry for what you are going thru right now and I wish I had stumbled upon Karin's blog a year ago. If this Brentuxemab treatment doesn't work for me I guess I'll see her wherever she is and I'll get to know her then.

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  68. I read this terrible news several days following Karin’s passing, with a gasp. My heart aches for your loss, with the hope that the comforting, warm memories of love, laughter and her zest for living will fill yours forever.

    I found myself thinking of Karin often while driving to work the last few mornings, the trees now ablaze with depths of color; they reminded me of all the colors that she displayed in the raw honesty of her writing during her courageous journey. I said, “She’s missing this.”

    But then I thought, no: she’s probably got the best seat in the house.

    I’ll remember her always.

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