‘Haha, emergency exit and I’ve left the cancer in a body that is now dead. I win!’ was how my beautiful friend Joanne said goodbye when she penned her death notice. I will miss her forever. I will be grateful for her too short time in my life. I will be forever sad that I cannot pick up the phone to hear her voice say ‘huggles’ as she signed off our conversations.
Cancer is such a cruel disease. Getting cancer if you are not rich in New Zealand is even crueler. Too many people die each year here because of drugs not being funded by our government that can help prolong life as well as make the quality of life better.
Joanne was one of those.
Goodbye my friend. My life was and is better for having had you in it.
Read some more about my sweet, funny, clever friend Jo and her fight against the cancer that took her away from all of us who loved her:
- The Bay of Plenty has lost a champion.
- Keep Joanne alive please.
- Joanne RYE-McGREGOR
- DAWN PICKEN: A miracle cancer drug has given a friend a new life.
- Living with terminal cancer.