Friday, October 21, 2011

Goodbye Lola... is with great sadness that I found out fellow blogger, Lola, passed away this week. Almost one year ago, Lola was diagnosed with hypoplastic myelodysplastic sydrome and needed a bone marrow transplant to change save her life. Lola fight hard but in the end, it was her decision to stop the fight. Luckily, I had sent her an email back in August to check in with her and she'd sent me her CaringBridge site to keep tabs on her.

Straight from her father's words on her CaringBridge site: "Many have asked me what they can do to help or honor Laura's memory. I will share with you this fact & you can be guided accordingly. What kept Laura alive during the 8 months before and the 3 months after her bone marrow transplant, was the weekly transfusion of blood and platelets. Those blood products are ONLY available because of the generous & selfless donors who took the time to donate blood. It truly is the gift of life and the most direct way any of us can save another persons life. Please donate when you can."

So please next time you see a blood drive, stop and save three lives and do so in memory of Lola AKA Laura the Strong. Many prayers for her husband, parents and family and thank you Laura for being a part of blog land. Your strong will and fight is an inspiration for all of us.


Slamdunk said...

Sorry to hear that. Lola's family is in my prayers.

Jill said...

It's awful to hear about death, no matter the age, but when someone is close to you in age and they die before you, it hurts even more.

So sad for you and Lola's family... Such a touch time.

Julie said...

I'm sorry to hear this...but she's in a place with no suffering and that seems to be her wishes. She's smiling right now because someone mentioned her and is remembering her :)

Hilary Lane said...

Aww, so sad. I didn't know anything about her story, but she obviously touched a lot of people.

Liz said...

That's so incredibly sad. Prayers to Lola's family.

I've been a blood donor countless times and I wish more people would take the time to "inconvenience" themselves for a few minutes to help save some lives.