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July 10, 2013

MORRIS: Remembering the gift life has to offer

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Until we get a call like Mary Ann’s family and friends received Sunday.

The real reality that Kay and her family are dealing with is the death of a smart, loving, and beautiful young lady who was in the prime of her life. That is real life. And it can be so cruel sometimes.

Maybe since I recently turned 52, I have become more conscious of the curve balls life can throw at us at anytime. In the past few months I know of two women who have been stricken with breast cancer, both in their 30s. 

Four years ago, my family had to deal with unexpected tragedy. And like Mary Ann’s family, we were all stunned, heart broken and left asking “why?”

But through the grief and head shaking, we gain strength from those around us. We never forget our loss, and we never stop grieving, but life goes on — somehow, someway. That is the reality we all must face. Despite the tragedy of the unexpected or untimely loss, life goes on, whether we want it to or not. We all have a choice to make. We can go off and ignore those around us and become a hermit, or we can try and live each day like it is our last. We can better appreciate the loved ones in our lives and the blessings bestowed upon us. We can learn to see life as a gift that can never be taken for granted. 

Life is not about the next “American Idol.” It’s about making a difference. By all accounts Mary Ann did just that and touched many lives. She was loved and left her mark on both family and friends.  

Several of her friends have left comments on Facebook expressing their grief and disbelief. Their words say so much.

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