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A tribute to my friend

Updated on February 21, 2012

I lost another friend today

My friend a brilliant doctor, a dedicated young woman lost her battle with cancer. She was a woman of courage and an inspiration to many. A radiologist herself, she did not know that the dreadful disease was eating into her bones until it had spread. Death indeed seems to be a great leveler of bodies, but her spirit is what I admired the most. She worked almost until last week. She scanned her patients and wrote their reports and spoke to them kindly urging them to be courageous. Doc, I so admire you and I will miss you more than you will ever know. I know you are happy and free from suffering, I know you are in a better place and I will miss you until I see you again... I have loved you always...

A tribute to my friend

Death came calling,
Gruffly snarling,
Cancerous monster,
Deadly sniper!

Brave was she,
As only she could be,
Fought till the end,
For her life to extend.

Pain ripped through her,
Body so tender,
Stripped her off vigor,
As her life he did plunder.

Her spirit so strong,
Clearly to her did it belong,
She fought her fight,
Yet did not see the light.

Crying out in pain,
Calling out His name,
Determined to live,
And of her services to give.

Ministered by day,
For pain to allay,
Toiling at her clinic,
To the end she was stoic!

A doctor to her patients,
A radiologist of brilliance,
Scanning to ensure
That each life was secure!

Winner she was,
Though she lost,
A hero my friend,
To the very end!

I know you are free,
From pain and misery,
I see you smile tenderly,
As I cry softly!


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    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Raciniwa, that is a huge loss, a good friend is hard to find and this one was precious in more ways than one. We had such a great spiritual connect because of her new found faith in which I was an instrument. Thank you for all your support and love through this tough period. Have a blessed day. Peace!

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      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      it's so sad to know that you lost a good heart goes out to you shim...and this is a wonderful tribute to your friend...

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Moms, Thank you for your understanding. Those who have experienced the pain of separation are those who can truly empathize with others in similar circumstances. It has been a tough time and every bit of support is invaluable to me. Time is indeed the best healer... Be a blessing. Peace.

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I know how your heart and soul suffers. I understand the questions that roll thru your mind as quality was taken and rubbish is left behind. The tribute is beautiful!

      I offer you support. I wish blessings. Just be still until time dulls it for you.

      Love Moms

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello shimmering Dawn, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, this is a truly beautiful tribute.

      My best wishes to you, Lesley

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      6 years ago from Guildford

      This is a totally wonderful tribute from a wonderful friend. I was so moved by your words and related so well to them. You were a truly wonderful friend and peace be with you. Awesome, truly awesome hub. Thank you for allowing us into your life. Hugs. Acaetnna xxx

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I am truly sorry that I am unable to respond to your kind comments. I want you all to know that each comment is a balm to my soul that is still hurting.. I will, I hope be able to address this as soon as I can. Thank you. Have a blessed day and may His peace dwell in you richly!

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      Very beautiful poem. Condolence. I can understand your pain. I lost a friend, my sister, she had cancer too. She tried to fight but in the end, the cancer got her.

      I know she is out there, free, happy. "Dust thou art to dust returneth was not spoken of the soul".

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      Kathryne Waller 

      6 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      Shimmering Dawn, this is a beautiful tribute to your friend. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Death has many faces. But it is a certain thing. This is a sad poem but beautifully written

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a horrible disease, cancer. Your tribute to her is beautiful..Thank you for sharing..

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      wow what a tribute shim-dawn....

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a beautiful legacy and your poem is from the heart and very touching. Thank you for sharing this with us; I was moved by this woman I never knew because of your words.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Very Beautiful sad..and I am sorry for your loss. She does sound like a true hero to the very end..putting her own sickness aside to help others. That is a true healer.

      Thank you for sharing,



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