From the January 2013 magazine.

January 2013: Sweet Goodbye at the Farm

A sponsor learns the power of letting go by showing up for her sponsee

“I don’t do death,” I once said to someone in the rooms, just being a smarty. The truth is, I had always been away when important people in my life passed away. They all died suddenly and so I was shocked, saddened and mostly relieved that they hadn’t lingered, and that I didn’t have to watch them suffer. I would always just arrive in time for the funerals.

Then Jamie came into the rooms and changed all that. She was about 33 years old and dying of cancer when she asked me to be her sponsor. She looked healthy at the time, had a great sense of humor, and had a wild multi-colored hairdo (she was in show business). In fact, she had left her rock band on tour in Europe to come home to her sister’s farm outside of Baltimore, because she was no longer in remission.

-- Mary Carol R.

Baltimore, Maryland

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