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Maxine D: Cousin of Scleroderma Patient

In Loving Memory of Laurita

I cannot accept a disease that will take such a loving and giving person.

White Lillies for Laurita by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist Thank you for the space to express my long awaited grief for my cousin Laurita.

Thank you for letting me tell you of my love for my cousin, who died of a horrible disease that strikes without partiality and strikes ones who should live forever with their loved ones.

How sad it was to finally find my beloved cousin, Laurita and in such a short few years, to lose her. To lose her to something so questionable and strange, some strange force that should not have invaded her body. A force that should have gone somewhere else other than in my cousin's body.

She was one of a kind and could not have been more loving or more giving and to lose someone to something that is so strange is not acceptable. I cannot accept a disease that will take such a loving and giving person. I had her for such a short time and it is not fair. It is not fair to lose her to something that no one can do anything about.

God does have his plan and I have to accept what he hands to us but to take someone so giving and so loving is not fair, but life is not fair. Her husband, Ted, left a year later, and my only consolation is they are in heaven together, looking down on us, telling us that all is well and they are looking our for us.

God bless them and give them a cloud that will comfort them forever.

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Maxine D.
Email: [email protected]
Story edited 05-15-05
Story posted 05-27-05 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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Sherrill KnaggsSherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. Sherrill lived in New Zealand. Her story was featured in ISN's book, Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2.

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