On the weekend, a lady from my work died after a sustained battle with cancer.
Sue was my boss for 4 years, until I left my work for a short break of a few months in Summer 2005. When I returned in January 06 to a new role, she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. This was successful and she came back part-time in a different role.
Unfortunately however, the cancer returned earlier this year and the medical professions were unable to sort it out. She passed away in a hospice and leaves her partner, mum, sister, niece, and of course many friends.
I will remember Sue with gratitude and love - she was instrumental in helping me get my career off the ground. She saw I was eager, keen, and gave me development, autonomy and projects which were outside my assigned role because she knew I could take them on and run with them. I was privileged to have a manager that supported and encouraged me in this way.
Sue absolutely LOVED cricket, the opera, and always took her cup of tea VERY strong (she'd happily put 2 teabags in a cup). She had a mad laugh, I can even hear it now in my mind! Sue was a very humble and thoughtful person and I know all of us at my work miss her.
When I started running, my first proper run was for Cancer Research UK (5km), and I ran for Sue A. See here for my posting vaguely linked to it (my blog-writing started a few weeks afterwards).
The youtube link below is of Delta Goodrem. I have no idea if Sue liked her; she would probably have preferred a good dose of long opera! I find Delta inspirational because she is a fantastic talent, sings beautiful rousing songs, and has been through some personal battles of her own (which she talks about in this link). Sadly, Sue lost her fight with cancer. I thank life that I was lucky to work with and learn from her. This humble posting of mine is a small expression of that gratitude. May she rest in peace, now free from all pain and suffering.