Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Right Place Right Time

Over the past six years of my cancer journey, I've never, thank god, been at a loss for luck. No doctor thought I'd make it this far, and I know deep down that I have each and every one of you to thank for getting me here. Never was my luck more on display than the morning after I awoke from 8 hour long surgery having a new Pleurx catheter placed in my chest. You made this technology possible, and this technology was keeping the cancer at bay in my heart. You were responsible for draining the cancerous fluid that was compounding in my lungs. You were helping me to take every single breath. With every breath I have each of you to thank.

My doctors needed your help too, and they received it. Each time my cancer was exposed to a new chemo drug, my cancer got smarter. Every time my cancer has gotten smarter, we've needed to find a new drug to combat it. The morning I received my Pleurx catheter, also happened to be the morning when I opened up the "Dana Farber Report" and saw this little news snippet.

"Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants $315,000 to Dr. Lein Chen for research into PI3K pathway." That Monday morning also happened to coincide with a visit from my doctor informing me that I had been selected for a clinical trial, a clinical trial looking into a new drug that would inhibit my cancer's ability to grow along a specific - PI3K pathway. Talk about right place at the right time!

Susan G. Komen was planning to go one step further with me though. Never one to stop in just one place, Komen wants to partner with me to help educate the public about clinical trials. Enrolling in this trial was not an easy decision. My life was put on hold and, while that seems like an obvious choice, it may not be an obvious choice for every patient. What are we fighting for? How long do we fight? How much money do we spend fighting? What does our life living and fighting with cancer look like?

To enroll in this clinical trial, I visited Dana Farber every single day, from 7am until 9pm. Over the ensuing six weeks, my cancer shrunk 12%. But then, two weeks before Thanksgiving, I found myself in an ambulance, headed to the hospital because of problems with my heart and lungs.  My body could no longer handle the clinical trial. I just couldn't do it.

The trial bought me time, and I was able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family and friends. But now, I face the reality that the battery of treatments can no longer keep my cancer at bay.

So now here we are. We have made it from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, and now we are celebrating Christmas. (The Big Man bought me a gorgeous diamond ring for Christmas!) Even as we celebrate, my year has, yet again, revolved around cancer. But I'm not complaining. I am thanking you. I thank each and every one of you for getting me here. I'm going to ask now for just one more favor.

It is time for me to ask each of you to let me go. It is time to say goodbye.

Over these past six weeks, my ability to breathe has been compromised. Every breath is a struggle. I cough all night and most days. I am exhausted. My mother and brothers have flown in to help.  I'd like to stop working and go enjoy a nice cold drink with my husband on a beach somewhere. I want some time alone with him. Time without doctors appointments and scans, without work, just the two of us. No PI3K pathways. No trials. No hospitals. Just Bridget and her Big Man.

So thank you. Thank you for fighting with me over these past six years. Thank you for hoping with me. Walking every step of the way alongside me. I couldn't have done this without you. I wouldn't still be here if it weren't for each and every one of you and the dollars you have raised in my name.

Please, don't forget about me.

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Anonymous said...

Bridget, I can only imagine that this post was one of the hardest you've written. I have followed your story and journey since I began working for Komen more than four years ago and have always found you to be one of the most inspiring and courageous women i've "known". We are the same age, I too have my own Big Man and dreams of the kind of life you mentioned throughout your journey---a fulfilling job, fabulous friends, time with family and new adventures---and as i've read each of your blog posts through the years I have always wept wondering why I got lucky and you got cancer. And while I know that there are no answers that will make your diagnosis fair, I have realized that you have given me (and I am sure countless others)a refreshing perspective, enduring hope and an overwhelming determination to keep up this fight. You will never be forgotten. Your legacy will live on in your friends, your niece, and the thousands of people you have reached through this blog. Thank you and God Bless you.

bulli said...

You are the best sister that a girl could ever ask for, B. You've been such a good friend to everyone around you. I am lucky that you're my friend and also my family. Thank you for being a good wife to my brother. There are so few times that I've seen people with that much love for each other as I've witnessed with you two. I love you so much. Thank you for always being a gracious lady, a strong fighter and an inspiring leader.

Jenn from WA said...

Through tears and pain and heartache, I'll let you go. But know that I will forever remember you and your journey. Your story will be one I share with people living with or without cancer.

Mandy said...

Nothing but love, Bridget, nothing but love. Xoxo

Chuck Baker said...

Bridget, I've known you forever, but probably never REALLY knew you until I started reading this blog.

It's just incredible. You're an amazing writer, and an amazing woman. You're inspiring. I'm inspired to be a better person every time I read this, and I think hundreds of others are too. You've made more of a positive difference on this earth than most people have who have been around for three times as long.

And I think the last thing you ever need to worry about is people forgetting you. Not gonna happen. :)

Anonymous said...

You are amazing and brave. I wish you all the peace in the world as you enjoy this time with your husband and family. Godspeed.

Connie said...

Your inspiration will surely last throughout my lifetime. I couldn't possibly ever forget your courage, willingness to share your ordeal, hope and tears with us, your superb writing talents and your spirit. Love always and thank you for everything and all you have done for Komen and fighting breast cancer.

Leanne said...

My heart is breaking for you and your wonderful family. I've followed your journey for several years and have worn your smiling face on my pack for many 60 mile adventures. I'll continue to wear your smiling face for many more 60 mile adventures - until we find a cure because everyone deserves a lifetime. You won't be forgotten because hundreds and thousands of us will continue to fight in your honor. You've touched so many more lives than you'll ever know. You are in my prayers - I'll be hugging my own big man and my sweet little man today.

Jay Furr said...

We will never forget you, Bridget. I don't think it'd even be possible.

Thank you so much for inspiring us. You got dealt a really awful hand in life's game and you absolutely did more with that hand than anyone would have dreamed possible. You made the most of the life you were given, and in so doing, reminded the rest of us how precious life really is.

Patti said...

Bridget
No one could ever forget you! You are the most inspirational person I have ever had the privilege to know. And, other than your mother, the strongest woman I know. Your love and passion for life has made a difference in so many lives and will continue to do so for many people you have yet to meet. Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. We are so helpless but you have helped so many. All my love to you and your big man, your incredible mother and family. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Kerri Saikin said...

God be with you and your family Bridget! you will NEVER be forgotten especially in the 3-Day Family.

Anonymous said...

While we have never met, a mutual friend shared you blog with me and I have followed it ever since. You are a beautiful young lady and an inspiration. I hope you enjoy and cherish this time you have with the BIG GUY and the rest of your family. Please know you will never be forgotten but always thought off as a pillar of strength. Godspeed

Wendy said...

Bridget,

You have enriched my life more than you realize. You spend so much of your time helping others. Now it is time for you to be at peace. I love you.

Wendy

Michelle said...

Bridget, I will never forget the fun time we had for the weekend in Maine - you truly made it special for all of us. I’m happy to always have that memory to look back on. I too feel helpless, but can't even imagine the magnitude of people you've helped and inspired to live better, fuller lives. You are constantly thought of and never forgotten - my prayers are with you always.

Cindy McHale said...

Bridget, I've never met you but I feel like you've forever touched our lives, one who puts life in perspective with your sharing of your journey with all of us while fighting for yourself and others. You have done this with such grace. You've put many of our worlds in a much better place, a place we often take for granted. You've been a rock in times where most of us would shrivel. You've given so much of yourself so with such bravery and we will all be eternally grateful for having been a part of your journey. Even though your journey will take you elsewhere in time, you'll always be part of us in our hearts and minds and who we are and I know that you'll be eternally watching over us and guiding us throughout our journeys. We'll never give up, as you have never given up, and we wish you the peace, serenity and love you'll have with your Big Man. My husband has walked for four years for you and others with cancer and over the years you've shown us how the best life is lived and enjoyed. Your legacy is marked on our hearts.

Anonymous said...

oBridget,

I have not read enough of your blogs to know if you know that JESUS IS WHO HE SAID HE IS!!! What joy that you will be in His arms soon, that you are going home to your true father in heaven!!! No more earthly struggles for you...yeah!! I am so inspired to read more of your story to get to know more about what your life here on earth has been like for you. Sounds as if you are a heroine to many. Let go, sweet spirit, and let the angels take you to your true home where you can celebrate with those you love that have gone before you, and wait for the rest of us to come. GODSPEED.

Kris Dombrowski said...

Like so many of your blog followers we have never met. I have followed your story and so admired your determination and positive attitude. You're a remarkable example of faith during adversity. Thank you for sharing your life with so many. Go to the beach girl, you deserve beauty and peace. Your legacy will go on and you will always be remembered.

Karen M. said...

No one on this earth, has shown me as much strength, compassion, determination, hope, and courage as you have Bridget. As difficult as it may be to let you go, you will remain in our hearts forever.

jeninma said...

Bridget, your life has been such a blessing. I will always hold you close to my heart. With so much love, Jennifer

Katrina McGhee said...

Bridget, you will forever have a place in my heart. You are a fighter and will forever be a victor in my book. Love and safe journey home to God's arms. Love, Katrina

Anonymous said...

Bridget, Love and Peace to you and your family. Your an amazing woman! An Angel from heaven sent for us to love and be inspired by.

Anna said...

You don't know me (we have the E360 connection:)), but I wanted to let you know that each time I read your blog and hear your story, you inspire me to live life to the fullest, have perspective, and not sweat the small stuff. You have done amazing things on this earth and your soul will live on in so many beautiful ways. Peace to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bridget. Alex's cousin Laura is one of my best friends. She's told me about you for years and I want you to know that I'll be joining her and telling people about you, and your blog, for years to come. We won't forget you. When you're up there, don't forget us either. This world needs a lot of help in the form of angels like you. I, still, will be praying for a miracle.

Jeff Shuck said...

We will never forget you -- you are always here with us. You are an incredible person and we're all grateful to know you. Prayers and blessings.

Molly is Fast said...

I have an overwhelming gratitude for having you in my life. And take great comfort in the fact that I smile at each memory I have with you. I wish nothing but peace and love for you and The Big Man and your family as you spend what's left of your extraordinary life with those that matter most to you. You will never, ever be forgotten. And will always and forever be loved and treasured here, there and everywhere.

Anonymous said...

We'll never, ever forget you, Bridget. I pray for peace for you, for a minute alone with your Big Man to say all you want to say, for a peaceful exit. You've made a huge, indelible mark on the world.

Liza Pigram said...

Bridget, we thank you. Thank you for being so generous with your precious time. Thank you for being so open with your heart. Thank you for being so caring of others. Thank you for never losing hope. Thank you for your extraordinary spirit. Thank you for showing us what strength really looks like. Thank you for gracing us with your life and touching our souls. You will never, ever be forgotten.

Jordan Leventhal said...

I may have only worked with you for a few months, but you have inspired me more than you will ever know. I will NEVER forget you.

Rachel Brown said...

You will never be forgotten! You are such an inspiration! Big 3 Day Hugs for you Bridget!
Love
Rachel

Nancy G. Brinker said...

My Dear Bridget - I am holding your hand and thanking you for all you have done for Susan G Komen and me personally. I know you know you are an angel and you have changed all of our lives and the future of all diagnosed with this disease forever.
I will never stop telling the Bridget story. It is in my heart and soul and will be a mantra for all of us at Susan Komen.
The projects named for you will carry the name of one of the bravest people I have ever known. I love you. Nancy Brinker

Majda said...

You are such an inspiration Bridget. Your courage and sacrifice throughout all these years is unbelievable. I hope that you are enjoying every moment.

Brenda said...

Dearest Bridget, We never personally met, but when this time comes we all need that private, quiet time with those closest to us. Forget evertything except being with the Big Man of yours and enjoying this time together. You have done strides for our battle and you will NEVER be forgotten. Many pink hugs, and peace for your journey. Love

Robin said...

Thank you for sharing a part of your life and journey with us. You are a brave, courageous, beautiful woman. Peace and blessings to you and your Big Man today and always!

Thumper said...

I've never commented before, but I've been reading... You will not be forgotten, not by me nor by legions of other people whom you have touched. Thank you for sharing your story with us, letting us look into your life and your fight.

Anonymous said...

B - I still have the pink cd you gave us at Breast Friends. I listen to it, love it and am inspired by the songs all the time. Your future was "unwritten" and you faced it with strength and love and hope. You are so very, very brave. You faced grueling treatments and more than that, you let us have a glimpse of your soul. You will NEVER be forgotten because you changed the world. Your Big Man was with you every step of the way. He is amazing. I am so glad you had that wedding of your dreams. You are beautiful and strong. I hope for peace and comfort and love for you and your family. And as you asked us to let you go.... Goodbye Bridget. How do I say that? But I just did. "Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart." Washington Irving
Love, love, LOVE to you!
Olivia Bukosky

Anonymous said...

I vow to live every day to the fullest because of you...I dont know you personally but I love and cherish you..never ever will I forget you.

Anonymous said...

Wish I could buy you and and Big Man that drink. I work at the Jimmy Fund and share the E360 connection too. You will not be forgotten. Know that I will smile when I think of you, for the hope and joy you have shared in this blog and for your courage and honesty now. Enjoy time with Big Man and family now.

Angela said...

You are amazing and you will NEVER be forgotten.

Majda said...

Also I still believe in miracles! May 2013 be a year of miracles

Unknown said...

Bridget...How could we ever forget you!!! Your beautiful smile, your encouraging words, your big heart! Not one ounce of you will ever be forgotten! Go enjoy your husband...have a drink or two and take in the sunshine...I wish it would only be easier for you to do it and under different circumstances. Go be free!! Though I don't want to, I will let you go...under one condition....you enjoy the time you have with your hubby and family....and maybe let us know you made your final journey safetly. You are going to be a gorgeous angel (though you are already one now I think your wings in Heaven will be 10 times bigger)...Watch over us and keep fighting from above for a cure. I love you!! You are my hero. <3 Safe journey my friend.

Anonymous said...

I met a wonderful friend on the 3Day, and she introduced me to your blog. When she was diagnosed soon after, your story of hope and honesty meant so much to her. Look for her in heaven -- she'll be wearing pink, too. Thank you and God bless you.

Anonymous said...

You my dear lady, are so beautiful and courageous and completely unforgettable.

I met you, the first time, earlier this year at an informational meeting for the Boston 3-day. I didn't know your story, I just knew when you walked away after spending a few minutes talking with me that you were unbelievably passionate about this cause and you inspired me to commit to doing it and to get everything I could out of this walk and this event.

Once you walked away, someone else associated with the event that day told me your story and I was awed by you - I still am.

I left that meeting and started fundraising and I talked about you and the other people that I had met at that meeting every day until I hit and exceeded my goal.

I've already started fundraising for 2013 and I'm almost at goal and you have been my inspiration through it all - although we have met only once for a few short minutes, i have followed your blog - without realizing it was you at first - and I am inspired by it always.

You Rock Girl, You Totally Rock !!!!

Kathy

Anonymous said...

You my dear lady, are so beautiful and courageous and completely unforgettable.

I met you, the first time, earliler this year at an informational meeting for the Boston 3-day. I didn't know your story, I just knew when you walked away after spending a few minutes talking with me that you were unbelievably passionate about this cause and you inspired me to commit to doing it and to get everything I could out of this walk and this event.

Once you walked away, someone else associated with the event that day told me your story and I was awed by you - I still am.

I left that meeting and started fundraising and I talked about you and the other people that I had met at that meeting every day until I hit and exceeded my goal.

I've already started fundraising for 2013 and I'm almost at goal and you have been my inspiration through it all - although we have met only once for a few short minutes, i have followed your blog - without realizing it was you at first - and I am inspired by it always.

You Rock Girl, You Totally Rock !!!!

Kathy

Rana Kahl said...

Bridget - from the first time I met you about seven years ago, you have been lighting up rooms and lives with your glow. It was such an honor to feature you in my blog as you spotlighted your friend on The View and each time I've seen or talked to you since, you've inspired me and brought hope and promise back to the forefront. One of the highlights of the cancer advocacy work we both so passionately engaged in was introducing you to my children so they could feel your spirit firsthand.

As you move into your next chapter, I am so grateful to have seen you blossom as a beautiful young woman and eventually bride and wife! My faith tells me that you are traveling the journey meant for Bridget and I reluctantly accept that. I wish for you peace, strength and more love than you know what to do with (and it feels like you have that : ) I will continue to hold you and your family very close to my heart in love and honor.

Thank you for sharing yourself with us, it is the most beautiful and valuable of gifts. May God bless you and keep you forever in His mercy and care.

I love you - Rana

Anonymous said...

Forget about you? Not a chance.

I only recently discovered your blog and consider you one of the most inspiring, courageous individuals I have ever been exposed to. You and your legacy will endure. Forever.

William said...

I just came across your blog from my friend Kathryn. Thank you for sharing your testimony and your story. It has certainly touched my life and put a lot of things into perspective for me. May God give you and your family peace as you walk with Him.

Heather B. said...

Bridget, you are a remarkable woman! You have inspired me on my 3 Day journeys and you will never be forgotten. May you be surrounded by the love of your Big Man in the days to come. Wishing you Peace.

John Lindner, Jr said...

Bridget, I am struck at how much love and life comes pouring through you and your words. I think at times I see the very reflection of God shining off of you.

Those of us who have walked rough cancer know that God's ways are more mysterious than we imagine. But you are a shining example of how He is at work in even the darkest of circumstances. May you receive the rest you so richly deserve, and may the remaining time with your family be studded with treasured memories.

Love,

-John & Wendy

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35- 39

Sara Fought said...

Oh, Bridget - rest assured that you will never be forgotten. And know that the impact that you have made on so many is mighty and will continue until cures are found - and then even longer...

Anonymous said...

Bridget, You have been such a gift to so many people, you will never be forgotten. I wish you happiness and peace for the rest of your time here with us....you are so loved.

Renee from PA said...

Like many others have said, the world will never ever forget you and your family. We are your cancer family, your 3-Day family, your friends, and we will never forget. We won't stop until there is a cure. I remember meeting you during my first survivor walk to closing in WDC 2008. I was awed by you then and continue to be every day.

You will be missed beyond belief. Please keep an eye on us from above. You are one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Love you dearly. May you have peace and happiness here as we let you go. But, know that we will never truly let you go in our hearts.

Renee from PA said...

Like many others have said, the world will never ever forget you and your family. We are your cancer family, your 3-Day family, your friends, and we will never forget. We won't stop until there is a cure. I remember meeting you during my first survivor walk to closing in WDC 2008. I was awed by you then and continue to be every day.

You will be missed beyond belief. Please keep an eye on us from above. You are one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Love you dearly. May you have peace and happiness here as we let you go. But, know that we will never truly let you go in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

I have witnessed the greatest strength in a person so small and beautiful. You are strong and mighty. I believe in miracles for you, Bridget, and I am thankful for your service to so many of us that have found hope through your example. Shine on, fight on, Bridget...the miracle is you. You are in my every prayer. xoxoxo

L said...

Bridget... this is SO unfair... But you are lucky in the same time - you are being loved. Enjoy it, enjoy your great husband... I think about you every day. From Europe, Czech Republic, Prague

Anonymous said...

Bridget -
I attended the Komen Leadership conference this past March in Fort Worth and was touched by your story. I feel so honored to have heard you speak in person, and have followed your blog since that day. You are amazing! I'm very sad to read your words today, yet knowing that you are ready to go - that you have fought this fight with everything you had, and knowing that I will never forget you and your story and knowing that your story will be shared for many years to come. You have been such an inspiration to me; you have helped fuel the passion I have everyday as I help to do my part in this fight! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Anonymous said...

I like many others have never met you. I have been following your journey and must say you are a truly remarkable woman. You have given me much perspective on life. Please know that you are an inspiration to everyone. I hope you spend this time with the Big Man and get that drink. I pray that you find comfort and peace. God bless you and thank you.

Jody said...

Bridget, you will never be forgotten! I admire you so for your courage and the fight you have had in you since day one! I wish you love and peace. You will be forever in my heart.

Anonymous said...

To live in hearts
we leave behind
Is not to die.
- Thomas Campbell -

You will not be forgotten and I will tell your story when people ask why I participate in the 3-Day. I will be thinking of you and your courageous fight as I train and walk in Seattle in September in hopes that cancer is stomped out very soon.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bridget you are a strong and graceful inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing yourself and your journey with so many. You have forever touched so many lives. God Bless You.

Lori Dusek said...

Bridget - I too am coming close to the end of my journey. Your blog has moved me & spoken to me in a deep & meaningful way - for that, I thank you! I hope to meet you in heaven - I'll look for you!

Anonymous said...

You will! never, ever be forgotten. Hug your Big Man tight and let your family love on you and cherish you until God calls you home. Your light will beam forever. So much love.

Anonymous said...

Bridget, You will not be forgotten, not by a long shot. You have accomplished a tremendous amount in just 25+ years because of your honesty, commitment, determination, and eloquence. Your words and your work -- your legacy -- will not be undone, and will continue to push us to find new and better ways to prevent and treat breast cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you, with Big Man and the rest of your family.

Malinda said...

I have been struggling all day to find the right words, I have written and rewritten this countless times... The words still escape me, but I am going to try... I will never forget meeting you in DC. My first year walking & my second 3-Day. Hearing you speak then having the chance to talk with you & your Husband. Even though brief, it has left a lasting impression on me. I never was one to wear Pearls, now every time I see Pearls, I think of you. I went back to DC the next year hoping to see you. I spent the day out in the rain, with some amazing 3-dayers and we handed out Pearls. We asked each walker to wear them to dinner in support of you. I still have mine & for the rest of my life I will wear Pearls, share your story, while keeping you & your family in my heart. I have written about you many times in my blog hoping to help and inspire others. Your Legacy will continue with everyone that you have Loved and who Love you. Your tireless dedication and determination have inspired countless people in this world. Some people wonder if they ever made a difference, you never need wonder. With the grace that you have shown, I hope to do the same. Please know that you have never walked alone & never will... Thank you for the gift you have given me and countless others by sharing your story and for always believeing that one person can make a difference. I hope that I have found the right words to let you know just how much you have touched my life and have taught me all the while. May all the Love you have sent out into the World surround You, your Husband & Family. Sending Love across the Miles... Your Friend Always... Till we meet again...Malinda<3

Anonymous said...

Some people come into your life and quickly leave. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same - Flavia

We will never forget you Bridget. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

javmo3 said...

No worries, Bridget you are much too big a part of our hearts to EVER be forgotten. Though we've never met face to face in this life I'm sure we'll meet in the next. Our lives have shared the beast called breast cancer while our hearts have shared the passion to eradicate it. Much LOVE and PEACE to you and your Big Man.
HOPE lives on, XO!

Erin D. said...

Bridget, I count myself immensely blessed to have known you. Better than some, not as well as others, but I have known you, and you have taught me to count every day as a gift, because that is what every day is.

God be with you and your family. You are loved, and will not be forgotten. It's hard to think of a world without you, which means you won't ever be forgotten from it, even when you're gone.

Thank you for bringing joy and strength into this world.

Anonymous said...

We have never met but I admired your courage and optimism as you battled this terrible disease. I to am a survivor and although I am older than you I learned so much from you. God has a special place for you where you will be free of pain and at peace. You accomplished so much in your short time on earth by touching so many lives. No one will ever forget you and the truly beautiful person you are. Hold big man's hand and enjoy that drink. You are in my prayers.

Susan said...

Thank you for letting us be with you at Christmas. Thank you for making such an effort when it was so hard. We will be with you again--whenever and wherever. I love you for making my son so joyfuland for yourself. Susan

Anonymous said...

I just read this blog through my friend Kelly Gale. And I was so touched by what I read. My sister in law, although she didn't have breast cancer, had non Hodgkin lymphoma and had a bone marrow transplant in 1987 at Dana Farber. Because of the transplant, she was able to be with us for 13 more years. And her last days were similar to yours. So please know that I am praying for you and to my sister in law Ellen, that she will greet you in heaven. Please give her a hug for me when you see her! God bless you and you family!

Anonymous said...

God bless you. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Lindsay Avner said...

Dearest Bridget-I pray G-d is with you, Alex and your incredible family and that you know that there are thousands of us who will be continuing this fight in your name. While the timing feels incredibly unfair, I take comfort know you have squeezed more out of life at 30 than most even come close to in 80 or 90 years. Rest comfortably and know how forever changed every person who has ever had the honor of walking your path by you is. All my love- Lindsay

Anonymous said...

The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand,
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land,
The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains...
for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

You will not be forgotten, sweet Bridget...for your footprints are on so many hearts!

Ellyn Davidson said...

Bridget,
I'll never forget the first time I called the coach line for the 3-Day and was lucky enough to get you on the other end. From that moment on, I've considered you my friend. I've admired your strength and your courage through your journey. Rest assured, you have left an indelible mark on this world. We will forever fight in your honor and never forget your contagious spirit. Go have a drink with Big Man and enjoy. Take care Bridget. We'll keep fighting.

Anonymous said...

I was fortunate to hear you speak when I attended the Komen Leadership conference earlier this year. What an inspiration! No one who has followed your blog will forget you. Komen will never forget you. You've left a legacy in your story, your fight and that lives on. This legacy is one that has touched millions...survivors, co-survivors, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. You've touched us all and have left us with your courage, your hope, and your wonderful spirit. Thank YOU for sharing your life with me. The hope of finding a cure keeps me doing what I do daily but your story has fueled that passion to a new level. May God bless you and your family.

kas said...

Bridget, I feel so deeply for your and your family. I hope you get to enjoy some wonderful, long dinners and walks on the beach with the big man. Thank you so much for your blog. You have helped so many people, both Cancer fighters and friends of cancer fighters. I admire your strenght and your faith in God. Praying for your family, the big man and for you.
I will never forget you. Thank you my freind. God bless.

Lauren Lueders said...

Bridget, words escape me at this moment. I remember when we first "met" you were my big buddy working on the 3-Day. You were so caring and helpful those first few days and weeks. I knew in my heart right then and there you were special and I was being truly blessed. As hard as it is for me to think about a physical world without you, I will do as you ask and let you go. I know in my heart you will not be truly gone, but with all of us forever. Thank you for sharing your life with so many and fighting so hard. Be with the Big Man and your family now, but know that your dad is waiting for you with open arms. Love you so much buddy love you so much

Karen said...

Bridget, thank you so much for bravely sharing your life with us. You have inspired people that have never met you (like me) and will keep inspiring people for years and years. I know personally, that when I feel like I can't raise another dollar for breast cancer research, when I can't walk another mile . . . I will call it my Bridget Step and just do it. We won't stop fighting and you will never be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Bridget, You are an inspiration. It brought tears to my eyes to read your post, but I know you have fought long and hard. I'm a six year survivor. We were diagnosed around the same time, but so far, I'm o.k. I've followed your story and prayed for you, and hoped you would find a cure. I'm so sorry to read this tonight. I won't forget you. No one who has gotten to know you through your writing could forget you. Sending you love and prayers.

Skye (from the Komen site)

Kearby Rives said...

I wish you joyful times with your husband on a warm beach with a cold drink. I pray for peace for you, your family, and friends. You will never be forgotten. God bless you, Bridget.

Lola said...

Bridget, I have shared your blog, in hopes and prayers that others see your strength and help us find a cure! We have never met, but your words have brought tears too my eyes. Your story will forever stay with me and you will NEVER be forgotten.

God bless and with all my love,
Lola

Anonymous said...

Bridget, I was fortunate to hear you speak at the Komen Leadership Conference in Fort Worth this past March. I had received my second chemo treatment on Tuesday and heard you open the conference on Friday. I didn't get to hear all of the conference, but left on Sunday knowing I heard the most important part when I heard you. I have thought of you every day since. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you because I can't remember ever being so inspired by anyone so much. You have fought your battle with so much dignity and grace. I will continue fighting in your honor for as long as i am able, and trying to educate as many women as possible. I am so grateful for your life, and that you were courageous and generous to share it with us. God is with you always. Much love and peace to you and your family.

Irena Panduku said...

Dearest Bridget,
You will be always in my heart and mind. My family and I have always loved, admired and respected you for your strength, courage, hard work, love for life and people and your wonderful family. Thank you, you willnever be forgotten, never
Irena Panduku

Michael said...

Bridget: I do not know you but in a way, I do. You have inspired and you have changed people's lives.

We all cry for you. Please, when you pass away, make sure someone is holding your hand. Metaphorically, all of us are. But make sure someone is physically holding your hand. Rest well.

Kathryn Boyd Loftus said...

Bridget, it was my great privilege to meet you at this year's race and walk with you as well as hear you spark!! Your courage is unbelievable and your life is an example of a life fully and gracefully lived!! Thank you so much for all you have done for us and we will work very hard in your name so that others may live. I will keep praying for a miracle and really hope you do get that time in a beach with your Big Man!! So much love coming your way!!! Hugs, Kathryn Boyd Loftus

lisa laframboise said...

I have followed you for about 2 years.......and when I finally had a chance to meet you this year, it was at the "rocky" stairs in the DC walk. You were standing talking with another walker......and I couldn't help but to eavesdrop on the conversation.....and then I walked up the stairs with everyone cheering you. You are an inspiration.......and when I've had any doubts about why I'm walking, I think of you, my aunt and my friend Patti......I wish I had the same courage that you have. I'm wearing my pearls tomorrow........

Adine Zornow said...

Bridget, I met you and heard your story at my very first Komen Leadership Conference and you touched my heart and soul! You will never be forgotten and we will work tirelessly everyday for women like you! I will always "keep my big girl pants on" thanks to you. Thank you for sharing your journey and touching so many lives. You live in the hearts of so many people, most of which you will never know but we all THANK you for sharing a piece of your heart with us! Forever Grateful, Adine

MotoCrew Michael said...

Beautiful Bridget,

As with others, I can confirm that you will never be forgotten. You will be loved and remembered for your strength, your beauty, your generosity of spirit and for the hope and promise you bring.

I do understand letting go as I have has to do it once before. I give you my blessing to be free and out of pain. I give you my prayer that you will find the peace you so rightly deserve. I only ask in return that, when you get there, you hug my wife Sally (1961-2001) for me.

Anonymous said...

May you find peace and comfort in your days, may God Bless you and your family. Rest and know you will never be forgotten!!

hilary polk williams said...

Bridget, you are a woman among girls, a hero among humans, a wise old soul among immature people lacking perspective and a blessing to all of us, even those that haven't been touched by cancer, but more so for those of us that have.
Your grace is a model for each and every one of us and your willingness to share your journey is a testament to the cause that chose you many years ago.
I only pray that those of us that go on living helping to fight this cause can do your memory the honor it deserves and fight like you have fought. Enjoy your Big Man and your new niece and all the friends and family that love and admire you to the moon and back. You guys are really something.
thank you again Bridget for sharing your journey and helping this cause and those of us that are effected by it learn from your journey. Mere mortals may say that the Cancer has won, but I dare to say differently. Cancer didn't steal your humor or your character or your grace or beauty or essence. If anything it probably sharpened what made you who you were before Cancer. Made you appreciate the small things and love harder than you ever thought possible. You won Bridget. Cancer did not. Though you may not physically come out on top, Cancer didn't rob you of being you and being an even better you and letting you share your amazingness with the world. Thank you Bridget.
With the greatest Admiration, hilary polk-williams

KJJG said...

I don't know you Bridget, but through this blog, I got to know the strength that you are, and how selfless you are, and I owe appreciation to my childhood friend Connie Graham for posting a comment on FB that led me to your site. You are wonderful and I thank you for making this world a better place, you will never be forgotten. I will remember you though we never met, and are strangers, I will never forget your loving, thoughtful and courageous words to your friends and family on this site. God knows your name, God Bless You, you wonderful human being.

Anonymous said...

Bridget...I've followed your ups and downs via Komen. My daughter and I participate in 3 Day because of people like you. It makes me so proud that the work that's being done is helping, even if it means a only a few more holidays and time alone with the Big Man for you. When I was told they thought my own Big Man had lymphoma before Thanksgiving, my first thought was of you...and that I had to put on my big girl pants. That is your legacy. May your journey from here be easier, and know that we will never forget you.

Kay Ashley said...

You have given so many of us strength and hope, taught us courage and shown us what hope looks like. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Praying for you, your family and your friends.

Megan Blair said...

Bridget,
Thank you for putting life into perspective. For being a constant source of inspiration, hope, and unconditional love. For living life to the fullest. For fighting fearlessly until the very end. You are one of the many reasons I participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer year after year after year. Thank you for sharing your story. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. You will never be forgotten. xo

Coral said...

Bridget,
You are a source of inspiration to so many. I look to you on how to live my life, as I fight stage IV carcinoid cancer.

May we all face LIFE with the gusto that you have. May we all LOVE as you do. May we all be filled with the JOY that you have shown us. May we all have the COURAGE to make a difference, as has been your example. And may we all LAUGH in the face of cancer, as we fight for a cure for it all.

Much love to you and your family, Bridget, on this step of your journey.

Nan said...

There are alternative ways to beat cancer that don't involve cut, burn and poison! I just found your blog but have not read all of your posts. Maybe you do alternative treatments too.
You can google it, but here is one:
http://www.beating-cancer-gently.com/
This isn't nonsense! Thousands of people have beaten cancer with these techniques when the medical profession said there is nothing else we can do for you. Good luck with your journey to health.

Mcseknitter said...

Bridget,

Go now in peace, Go now in Peace
May the love of the 3 day family surround you.
Everywhere, everywhere
you may go!

All my love and prayers to your family!

Eileen

Patricia Stevens said...

Having followed your blog the past year or so I feel like I know you. My heart is breaking that another fighter is awaiting her angel wings. May God wrap his loving arms around you and gently guide you home when it is time. May He provide your family with the love and peace they will need. Praying so for you my dear.

Cherry ccbernard said...

Bridget, I met you almost 2 years ago at a Komen kick-off meeting. Initially, I said this chick has a great zest for life and the cause, in addition to you being so adorable.
Thank you for being you, and allowing us to experience the "Bridget Effect". I won't say, goodbye, but see you later.

Much love and admiration...
Cherry B.

carole c said...

God bless you Bridget. I wish you and your husband quiet & peaceful time together. You are amazing and I will never forget you. Who could?! You have shown so many what the fight against breast cancer truly is.....your zest for life, positive outlook and dedication to SGK are inspiration to so many. Xxoo

Alison said...

Bridget - you are an incredible woman and you've certainly left quite the mark on all of us. We will continue fighting in your honor; we will never forget you. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Please go and enjoy those drinks on a beach with your Big Man, and know you are loved from all over the world.

Susan Wynne said...

Sweet Bridget, from the first time I heard your voice when you called to welcome me to Event 360, I knew you were something special. What I didn't know at the time was the mark you would make on my heart. Your inspiration and spirit will live on in every life you touched. Thank you for sharing yourself with the world, and for giving such a beautiful voice to this important cause. Much love to you and your family. Susan

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

I was with my mom on Yawkey 9 about a week before Thanksgiving and recognized you sitting with your husband and (I presume) your mother. I didn't want to intrude, as much as I would have liked to have met you in person; but I thought at the time you looked beautiful, like you were simply a healthy young woman there in support of a patient. I so hoped that your appearance meant that your health had taken a turn for the better.

I'm at a loss for words other than to echo the feelings that others have expressed: that you are blessed with enormous talent as a writer, that you've accomplished more than you could possibly know by writing this blog, that you have a fantastic sense of humor and wisdom beyond your years, that I admire you and that you inspire me to be a better person.

I know that I'm not alone in saying that I will never forget you.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

You will never be forgotten! You have inspired so many and will continue to do so. Though we've not met, Jenny and Kate here in Minnesota have shared a lot and I've followed your story. I believe it was last year when I sent a message to the 3 day coaches and promptly received your reply back. I'll not forget it, or you. May peace and comfort be with you. With love, Lauren Beckstrom

Rachel Sclar said...

Bridget ~ You have fought with the utmost courage, determination, and grace. Thank you for allowing us to follow you on this difficult journey and thank you for your commitment to finding a cure. In the last six years, you have inspired and touched the lives of thousands of people by sharing your story. You're an incredible lady and you have made an impact that can never be forgotten. In addition, how could I ever forget all the memories from living together sophomore year! All my love to you, Alex, your incredibly strong mom, and brothers.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

I don't think you will ever have to worry about being forgotten. You have touch to many lives over the last 6 years. I started following you a couple of years ago. Your journey it has been long and hard, but you have fought each battle longer than anyone gave you.

Go spend that time with the Big Guy and enjoy it. Make those memories.

Always,
Michelle Hayes

Anonymous said...

Grace, Courage and Humor... you my dear friend have left your mark on all of our hearts. Thank you for sharing your journey will so many and making us feel so important in your life. Take comfort in knowing that you have lead a beautiful memory for all those who have known you and for so many you have inspired.

Rest in God's hands and the loving gaze of Alex's eyes.

With deep love and admiration,

Margo

Laura Farmer Sherman said...

Godspeed Bridget. Never forgotten. ALways in our hearts. Love, Laura Farmer

Anonymous said...

Bridget, I'm sending you light and love that I hope will surround you and the Big Man with a wonderful warm glow. You have changed my life forever by sharing yours so courageously. With enormous gratitude for the many ways you have given to us all so personally and so deeply.

Stuart Wyeth said...

Bridg...you are amazing. I am so lucky have had an opportunity to spend so much time with you and your family from the time Danny and I started Gilman together. I have very fond memories of the old house. I remember the little things - like hitting my head going down the basement stairs because I was always too tall even from an early age, the rides to the Final Four weekends with the entire family, Pat reading the paper at the kitchen table when he was like 5 years old (I think it was even the Opinion section!), you and your friends running up and down the stairs, you helping your mom with preparing dinner (I always wanted seconds), sitting under the awning on the back porch during a hot summer day...As we get older and experience more of life’s challenges we are fortunately to have friends and family and such great memories.

Sincerely and with love


Stuart Wyeth

Stuart Wyeth said...

Bridg...you are amazing. I am so lucky have had an opportunity to spend so much time with you and your family from the time Danny and I started Gilman together. I have very fond memories of the old house. I remember the little things - like hitting my head going down the basement stairs because I was always too tall even from an early age, the rides to the Final Four weekends with the entire family, Pat reading the paper at the kitchen table when he was like 5 years old (I think it was even the Opinion section!), you and your friends running up and down the stairs, you helping your mom with preparing dinner (I always wanted seconds), sitting under the awning on the back porch during a hot summer day...As we get older and experience more of life’s challenges we are fortunately to have friends and family and such great memories.

Sincerely and with love

Cathy said...

Bridget. A pearl is formed from an imperfection. It could be a small as a grain of sand. What is made glows in a way that makes it as perfectly beautiful and unique as anything you could find.

It is right you love pearls becuase you are one to us. You have inspired all of us. We will never give up. We will always fight. We will NEVER forget.

God bless you and your Big Man.

Cathy

Terri C said...

You will never be forgotten you've touched so many lives. I hope that your remaining time is evrything you want it to be. Enjoy that beach and drink with the big man. Godspeed.

Anonymous said...

God bless and go on the wings of angels. You have made a difference...you will always be remembered because of that. I pray for strength for your husband and family as they journey forth, and for you as you go forward to your reward.

Anonymous said...

You seem to have left more of a legacy in your short time than most do in a lifetime. I dont know you but you have impacted my life and I will not forget you. My heart is with you, your husband whom you obviously love deeply and the friends and family who love you so much. Rest easy, be at peace.. and than you for making a difference in this world. <3

Anonymous said...

Bridget, A mutual friend shared your blog with me on a training walk for the Komen 3-Day in San Francisco this year. I looked it up and read it as soon as I got home, and have been rooting for you every day since. Thank you for sharing your story - your triumphs, your defeats, your anger, your joy but most of all your love of live and never give up attitude have made a huge impression on me and so many other people. Enjoy your remaining time with family, friends and of course the Big Man, and know that many of us will keep walking to honor your memory and your legacy. Be at peace. You will never be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Bridget, You will NOT be forgotten. You will live forever in our hearts and the Heart if your Big Man. Peace and love to you and your family.

Sammantha M. San Diego

lilo126 said...

Thank you for the things you've taught me over the years, perspective, humor and true strength. Enjoy your drink on the beach with your big man. You both deserve to dig your feet into the sand and watch the sunset together.

Priscilla, Washington DC

Anonymous said...

Here is an old Native American Saying I like a lot:

May you always hear her whispers in the wind,
May you all carry her love in your hearts forever, and
May Father Sky open his arms to welcome her home, on this her final walk,
May the Grandfathers and Grandmothers comfort her upon her arrival and
May the sweet arms of Mother Earth embrace her in love to ease her pain.

Sammantha

Carl Benson said...

Bridgette, I spoke with you on the phone for about an hour and in person for maybe fifteen minutes. I really don't have the words to express how moving it has been to know you and how big a hole this will leave in my heart, and how much more determined I am as a result of your last blog. I will never forget you, and I will never stop fighting. I promised my wife when she was diagnosed eight years ago, and I am promising you now, that I will never stop walking, will never stop fighting, and will carry you in my hear forever.

Maureen O'Donnell Wiegert said...

Bridget,you have always held a special place in my heart. My sister's name is Bridget and she died at 29. Like you - too, too young to leave this world. Your story has touched me and so many others. I worked at Komen for 12 years and what you have done for the fight against breast cancer is truly amazing. Your strength has inspired millions. Please know that I will never forget you. I have told my sister Bridget to be on the look out for you. Like you, she has a wonderful heart and a great sense of humor. The two Bridgets will get along just fine.

Gina said...
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Gina said...

Bridget, I just want to say thank you for sharing yourself and all your wisdom that is beyond your years. How could I ever forget the person who showed me how to live life to the fullest and to not take one moment for granted. I wish you, Alex and your family peace and a sense of comfort during this time. You are (and will continue to be) in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

You are a truly amazing young women. You are one of the primary reasons I continue to be involved with Komen and I am sure I'm not alone. You have inspired and given hope to more people than you can ever imagine. You have exhibited courage and strength even in the toughest of times. I can only hope to handle such circumstances with the grace that you have. I will never forget you my friend. You hold a very special place in my heart. Praying for your comfort and peace.

Lynn Greenlay

Anonymous said...

When we hear the name Bridget, see someone with red hair, see someone strong and with such passion and determination . . . . . . . we will remember you!
When we wonder if one person can make a difference . . . . . . . . we will remember you!
When we become frustrated and wonder if what we do every day at Komen makes a difference . . . . . . . we will remember you!
When we think of the women we have lost to this insidious disease – young, strong, smart women with so much to give . . . . . . . we will remember you!
Go in peace, know that your work is done and you have left a mark on this world . . . Bridget,we will remember you each and every day!

Kathy Purcell

Anonymous said...

Bridget,
Not having anything resembling your gift with words I can’t properly express my sadness in reading this post.
You are a remarkable person and the effect that you have had, and the number of people that you have touched is unmatched by anyone that I know.
It would be an impossibility for you to be forgotten. I actually was retelling some adventures a few weeks ago that featured you prominently. This was you as our tour guide through Dublin, guiding Danny, Ben and myself. There are a handful of other memories but that one makes me smile and gets a laugh from whomever I retell it to.

My dad always had a favorite go to irish toast that I cribbed for my purposes in recent years which is:
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Your place in our hearts and memories will be there forever.
Thank you for the time that you have given us all and God bless you.
Sincerely yours,
Alec Riepe

Jamie said...

I love you, friend. Always and Forever.

carrie cook said...

Thank you for your inspiration and your strength. May every moment forward be blessed with peace and love. You're in my heart.

Hanna Greene said...

I don't have cancer.
I just found your site today. Today, 12/27/2012.
I read nearly all of your posts; beautiful, heart-warming words and I felt nothing but admiration for you.
I wanted to meet you and hug you and say "YOU GO GIRL!"
And then I got to the end of the last post and I broke down.

Bridget, GO, RUN, RUN FAST to that beautiful beach (St. John is lovely and quiet) with your Big Man.
Have cocktails.
Make love on the beach.
Hold each other's hands while you decide what amazing shapes the stars create - and pick your favorite one.
And when you're ready, you just let yourself go.
Race towards that star.

It will shine infinitely brighter when you arrive.

And one day, Big Man and everyone you love will join you there.

emilyclaire said...

Bridget- your writing is so beautiful and brave and your well documented fight has been so long and so strong. Just read this post (which lots of rpcs girls have been sharing through Facebook) outloud to my folks in the car. Both of them have cancer and have benefited from the research studies you've written so wonderfully about. Mom's got stage iv metastatic melanoma which has all but disappeared due to an incredible NIH stem cell study. But those studies are research and participating in them are far from a guarantee. Thank you for your help in this difficult war against cancer. Thank you for your honesty and your resilience in the face of something so scary and unknown. I haven't seen you since our rpcs days but am a big fan and friend of your brother Pat. I'll give him a big hug when i see him next. Enjoy every moment with your loving family and hubby. Much love from the Dierkes family
Emily

L said...

Bridget, I read your post yesterday and since then I've been thinking about you all the time. You have your Big Man. He loves you. YOU HAVE MORE than some women ever get. Enjoy the beach, enjoy the sun or the stars, enjoy the warmth of your Big Man! Enjoy everything, be happy!!!

Kim Wenger said...

forget you?? lol no way... celebrate you.. you and your mother i met you at the 3 day in 2009 in DFC. I was all alone and you let me walk with you. You were the reason i finished..
When i talk to my three girls age 11, 13, 15 about the sun..and all that it is to us..I am talking about you.. when i speak of determination, endurance, emotional vulnerability and expression- I speak of you.. when i speak of living...loving and laughing..i speak of you....when i talk to my girls about the power of one.. I am speaking of you about you..because of you..
You are an integral part of lifes lessons of love and spirit to my 3 young girls..you have no idea how you have helped me to parent theses little ladies and how you have helped to shape their lives.. ....
So, forget you? You are OF us Bridget..and we are grateful ..and will bask in the Sun of you..for always.
xo KIm Wenger ( south shore PINK ANGEL)

javmo3 said...

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."
- Elisabeth KÜbler-Ross

Anonymous said...

We have never met but your story has touched my heart. Thank you for sharing. You will not be forgotten. God bless you.

Mandi said...

Bridget, I will never forget. I wish you the best in the next part of your journey. *hugs*

Barbara said...

It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your story first hand. You are an impressive young woman who has helped bring awareness to a deserving cause. Enjoy your quiet time with your husband and family. Enjoy what you can, as you can. You've done well.

Karen Dillon said...

Dear Bridget,
I first learned about you and your blog when you came to speak at The Robbins Library in Arlington. What a brave, authentic and warm woman you are! I've read through all your posts and think it's truly unfair that you've had to struggle so much. However, you've done it with grace and courage and helped thousands along the way. I will never forget you and I hope you know that you continue to exemplify beauty and strength as you have the courage to say ENOUGH! focus on the light and wealth of love in your life . As you get ready for the next great adventure, I send you comfort, love and healing thoughts. You are amazing. THANK YOU!
Karen

Wheatley Marshall said...

Bridget - Your courage and fortitude are truly amazing. I admire you so much. I will always remember your big smiles when you were little playing with your parents and siblings at Roland Run pool growing up in Baltimore. My prayers are with you.
Much love and many, many hugs to you. -Wheatley (aka Brooks' sister)

Anonymous said...

Bridget, I found your blog a few months ago and read every word you have written. Your courage has been an inspriation to me. I was 34 when I was diagnosed with BC and share the same oncologist as you, Dr. Partridge. I cried so hard tonight when I read your latest blog. You will not be forgotten. Know this, you have made a difference in my life even though we've never met. Your strength, humor, honesty, and courage came through loud and clear in your blog. I wish peace for you and the ability to share wonderful moments with your husband, family & friends.
With love.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

Even though we weren't friends at RPCS, or even in the same grade - when I first found out about your diagnosis I immediately remembered you and your infectious laugh, smile and drive. You are a role model for me, my friends, my family and any future children for your fight against adversity, humility, strength and courage. They don't teach you these qualities in school- qualities you have and shared through your blog to selflessly help others feel better even in light of your pain. You have more than graced the blog pages with your poise and integrity, femininity and compassion. I am thinking of you, your husband, family and friends and wish you peace and strength, and many hugs, Stephanie Shapiro

Gloria and Taylor from MB,SC said...

You will always be such an importabt part of my life and the life of my 17 year old daughter, Taylor. You talked with her in 2009 for her first year with the Boston Youth Corps and she was hooked after that. Then this year in Boston, you and I shared the similarity of our treatments for stage 4 her2+. I have been in treatment for 9 years and we really knew the feelings of feeling tired of chemo! I love you for sharing some special feelings and the importance of FIGHTING! You will NEVER be forgotten and we will continue to WALK our miles for that cure theat you fought so hard for and that I fight so hard for now! Go have that drin on the beach! Thanks for everything! Still praying for a miracle!

3goodrats said...

I'm so grateful to have met you when you spoke at my library in October. You are truly an inspiration and I certainly won't forget you.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

I first heard your story almost 4 years ago at a Get Started Meeting for the 3-day walk and you became part of the reason I walked that year and in every year since. I am now going to be part of the E360 team and will continue to remember and honor you through the meetings and I will continue to walk and raise funds to find a cure with even more passion and determintaion. I PROMISE to never forget you and all that you have brought to this world. You have touched more hearts and inspired more people than you can imagine. Your legacy will live on for generations to come. I am confident that your story will be shared and someday we will be able to say that you played a signifigant role in finding a cure to cancer. May you find peace in knowing that God awaits you when you are ready with open arms to comfort you. My prayers are for a quiet journey HOME and that your family will be comforted knowing that you are without pain and suffering anymore. God Bless you Bridget!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Bridget, my aunt shared a similar story to you. It took all she could give but she did seminars and her only wish was to save at least one persons life and it would be worth it all. She never complained , instead she kept giving, and for that she along with people like you are the true heroes in this world. God be with you . December 28th @ 12:33 am

Anonymous said...

Dear Bridget, God bless you, your strength& courage. You are an amazing women, person. The Big Girl pants that you speak of is your life.. You will live forever and ever, in the lives of those you have touched. That is a tremendous feat. I pray that your strength and courage will prevail...although we have never met but I know, and so many people who have written before me and after me know that YOU are a beautiful, strong and loving person. I hope & pray that only Great and wonderful things come to you and your family. God is listening, you have the faith, you have "The Big Girl Pants" you will get through this... Much love to you...

Robert A. Flutie said...

Dear Bridget, I can not recall how I came across your blog. I do, however, vividly remember thinking that no matter what happened from the first day that I read about your journey that your spirit will forever be etched in my heart and mind. Your words have a powerful and significant meaning, but your life is 100 fold more meaningful. It is because of your selfless and love filled compassion that my world, and that of every person I know, has forever changed. You are a permanent extension of our life. While the history books will immortalize you, it is the bright light that you've shined on to our life that will forever stay lit. Our path is filled with your light. Much love and may God grant you and the people whom you love unending peace, serenity and tranquility. XOXO Robert

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free said...

hello,
Jan Webster shared the link to this blog.
i want you to know that though you and i have never met, i will never forget you.
and i am certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, i am just one of thousands you have touched by sharing your story, your fight, your journey.
thank you.
~free

Tavi Harwood said...

Bridget-

I have followed your blog for the last few years after Brooke told me about it. You have changed my life and the lives of so many others with your courage and your grace and your beautiful writing. Thank you for letting us all follow your journey. You are a shining example of what it means to have had a life well lived. Safe travels.
-Brooke Harwood's mom

Julie said...

Bridget,
Where do I begin, There are so many words that describes such an amazing women you are. I have been so blessed and honored to know you. You sure have taught me so much about life! I will never forget you Lady! The Boston 3 day will never be the same without you and your smile and upbeat to life!
Love you lots!
Julie: Team"Tickled Pink 2B Killing Our Feet"
New Hampshire

Thandi said...

And this is the reason why sometimes fighting against Susan Komen isn't worth it. I'm so glad you got the extra time to be with your loved ones and I hope that you aren't in pain.My you go to sleep peacefully, knowing that you were loved by more people than you've ever met.

Katie Sheffield said...

Bridget, my heart goes out to you and your family and all of your B.U. sisters. We will never ever forget you. While I didn't get to spend much time with you, I cherish the few moments we did share. I have been in awe of your incredible strength and grace these past 6 years. Honestly, Bridget- you are a force of nature.

I remember when I first met you we had all gone to a basement party in the dead of winter and then went to a pizzeria you all loved. The whole place burst into song when Bohemian Rhapsody came on and you joined in too. I was so impressed by the wild little girl who just loved to have fun. Peace be with you, Bridget.

Love You,
Katie Sheffield

T said...

Bridget, I may have never met you but you have touched my heart today. You are an amazing woman to have the courage and bravery to fight this cancer the way you have and to share it with the world. I have watched my mother fight breast cancer and know first hand the fear it brings. We all have our own battles in life to face and it is how we approach them that separates us from others. You are an inspiration to me and I will never forget you. There was a reason I stumbled upon your blog and I thank God for his intervention. Please know you will NEVER be forgotten...even by those you have never met. God Bless!

Judy said...

Bridget, you are a beautiful, compassionate, and caring person who has given so much to help others during your breast cancer journey. I hope the time with your Big Man is touching, endearing, and forever…just as you will be in the hearts, minds, and souls of everyone you have touched.

This is not good bye….we will see you on the other side….in a place without breast cancer. Until then, you will continue to be the Pink Angel you have always been, inspiring others to support the cause and giving hope to those desperate for something to hold onto when life seems to be slipping away.

We will NEVER forget you!

Green Monkey said...

Bridget,
My beautiful son Kerry taught me many things. Most important...

"Just because I am not here doesn't mean I'm gone."

LOVE & LUMINOSITY, Shannon

Anonymous said...

I heard you speak at New Balance back in May. You were so poised, well spoken. Tears welled in my eyes during your story. You have courage that people can only dream of. Know that you will not be forgotten. You have impacted lives and a search for a cure. My thoughts go out to you. You have been an inspiration.

Marianne said...

Briget, I have had the pleasure to meet you at the Boston 3 day my past two walks. As a warrior myself, I was struck by your grace, gentle fierceness, and compassion. I am better for having met you. You leave a mark -- a wonderful, beautiful mark -- on all who have had the pleasure. I can only envy your inner circle of loved ones who got to know you better and I ache for all for you during this time of "until we meet again." Thank you for all you have given. We will continue your fight for those that come after us.

Anonymous said...

Love you Bridget! Cindee

Anonymous said...

Bridget, we have never met but I want you to know that you have had a great impact on me. I am not a cancer survivor nor is anyone in my family, but you have inspired me to evaluate my life through a new perspective. So often we get caught up in pettiness; forgetting what is truly important. Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me to never take life for granted. You are a pillar of hope, strength, and grace. I will not forget you.

Stacey Napier said...

I saw your talk on the Susan G. Komen site and have been following your blog since. You are a true inspiration to all women, and will never be forgotten. I pray that your time remaining be spent with your loved ones enjoying those cocktails on the beach. Godspeed.

hpfeifer said...

God bless you, Bridget! I pray that you will enjoy the rest of your days here on earth with your Man. Save me a margarita in heaven! We'll toast to you and cheer on the 3-Day Walkers!!

Adrienne Segalini said...

Bridget,
I think we've only met twice. Our husbands used to play squash together at the T&R. The first time I met you was at the T&R holiday party years ago. I can't recall if you had just gotten married or were getting married soon but what I do remember is how incredibly kind, warm, and charming you were. You were spunky and had an incredible smile. I remember saying to my husband after the party that we should try to hang out with Alex and his wife sometime. You're both just the kind of people that give good vibes. I'm sad that we never took initiative to try to get to know you more. I didn't know your story until I saw you on tv for Susan G. komen a few months ago. I've since started following your story and it breaks my heart to see this post. Everything you've written on your blog just confirms my initial impression of you. You are an incredible, brave, beautiful woman. I will NEVER forget you. You have left an everlasting mark on my life. Please enjoy this time with your husband and family. You will always be in my thoughts.
With so much love and gratitude for having met you even just twice,
The Segalinis

Dolores said...

I'll let you move on, my never-met friend. But I will never let you go. You will be with me in every breath I take.

Peace be with you.

Becky said...

Bridget, the impact you've made on people is so monumental. I wasn't aware of your situation or blog until this last post and I'm now absolutely in love with you, your passion and the way you've chosen to live your life. It will be a shame that you won't be able to witness the true impact you will have made on the world as you stepped so graciously into so many people's hearts.

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration to all! You should be so proud of how far you have come and what you have achieved. People (including myself) and around the world have been touched by your story and will certainly never forget you! Go enjoy some time with your Big Man.

Lynn Sellers said...

Dear Bridget,

It will NEVER be the Right Place Right Time for you to leave us, but we must reluctantly let you go - knowing that you will always be smiling upon us and inspiring us to do more. Please know that you have left a legacy in your story, your fight and that will FOREVER live on in each and every one of us. You are TRULY an angel and have made a significant impact to SO many in this world.

May we all have the COURAGE to make a difference, as you have so eloquently shown us during your journey. May God wrap his loving arms around you and bring you and your family unending Peace you so rightly deserve, strength and ALL the love that you have shown to SO many of us through the years.

The hope of finding a cure will keep us working tirelessly to put an end to breast cancer – and you have fueled that passion to a new level. Go in Peace knowing we will continue in your footsteps. God Bless you Bridget!

Love and Blessings,
Lynn

Laurie Hecker said...

Bridget, you have been such an inspiration to so many. There is no way you will ever be forgotten. I suspect that you have no idea how far reaching you presence is. To me you will always be "The Famous Bridget". You remain such a positive influence. Thank you for reminding us of how much time you gained as a result of the treatments you received, it serves as a reminder to us all what differences we can make. You will certainly be missed. Thank you for all you have done for us!

Jen said...

May peace and light surround you and Big Man, as well as your parents, family and friends. I met you when you so graciously spoke at "An Evening for Bridget" earlier this year and was so impressed by your courage, determination and spirit. Know that you've touched so many lives in a powerful and impactful way, and you won't ever be forgotten. Godspeed Bridget.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,
You will not be forgotten. We will all tell your story for years to come. You are a true inspiration. The spirit and determination you have shown over the years has provided many with the HOPE they needed to fight.
Thank you for being a role model and sharing your story with the world. You have touched so many.
Enjoy your time with the Big Man!
Thank You!
Peace and Blessings

Anonymous said...

Dear Bridget,
I am a RPCS parent and am amazed by your amazing spirit, strength, and courage. You and your family and friends are in my prayers. May you have that lovely beach vacation; enjoy every moment of it. Praying for you hard!!!

Anonymous said...

Bridget,
Thank you for sharing your unforgettable story. Your courage is truly an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Big Man. Wishing you much peace and love at this time...

Tim McDonnell said...

Bridget,

I have been thinking about you a lot since I read this last post on your blog. You are an amazing and inspiring woman. And your story has inspired many 3-Day participants to go above and beyond. I have a favorite quote that I think fits you very well. Walter Peyton once said, "I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field." On the playing field of life, you have given more than your all and for that you will never be forgotten. Enjoy your time with your Big Man.

Much Love and Prayers,

Tim

Guy Cesare said...

Bridget, Sue and I have followed your story since we first heard of the cancer and your early blogs and have sent up many prayers for you and your family. Occasional news from Baltimore or Charlotte family gave use more detail on your trials, your courage, your dedication and contributions. In the force of your spirit and fight, in your hope, you provide a place for so many of us to stand a bit more steady, more hopeful, in the storm of fears and pain that come when we face such absolute issues, particularly cancer. No small gift did your very existence provide me personally, this year, with my own diagnosis of cancer. Now, my surgery and follow-up rad/chem done (today), I walked the way lightened by your own bright hope and realistic courage, shared so beautifully with many. I have prayed, for you, for me. We are deeply saddened by your latest news, but we will continue to remember and pray. Mystery, wonder, and the hand of scrience continue to weave about our lives. We, in end, call on something more basic, integral to our beings, that there is beautiful, if not simple, purpose and meaning in our lives. Your gift and purpose is a bright hope for us to move on when the path is unclear and the will weakened. Your walk, your grateful love of all about you, your exposed thoughts, have touched and strengthened those who listend and followed. You loving self-mark in sharing your life is enormous. Your presence, your life, you message, your hope will not be forgotten.

Cyndi said...

So many of us struggle through our lives not knowing what our purpose is or if our lives have any meaning. You have had more of an impact in your 29 years than most have in a long lifetime. You are an amazing person and have touched so many lives. It is so hard to let you go but I have a very strong faith and I truly believe you will go on. Prayers for you, your Big Man and your family. You will all be together again in the future. You are my inspiration!

Cyndi said...

So many of us struggle through our lives not knowing what our purpose is or if our lives have any meaning. You have had more of an impact in your 29 years than most have in a long lifetime. You are an amazing person and have touched so many lives. It is so hard to let you go but I have a very strong faith and I truly believe you will go on. Prayers for you, your Big Man and your family. You will all be together again in the future. You are my inspiration!

Cyndi said...

So many of us struggle through our lives not knowing what our purpose is or if our lives have any meaning. You have had more of an impact in your 29 years than most have in a long lifetime. You are an amazing person and have touched so many lives. It is so hard to let you go but I have a very strong faith and I truly believe you will go on. Prayers for you, your Big Man and your family. You will all be together again in the future. You are my inspiration!

Marlea Dell'Anno said...

Bridget,
I was introduced to your blog by my amazing friend Jamie Ledezma. That introduction was like a gift to me. I have read every word- laughed and cried with you. Then I shared your gift with my little girls and even though they are only 8 and 10, you have touched their hearts. You are everything I hope they become- strong, authentic, brave, life- changing, love- filled, soulful, amazing women. No one will forget you- you are magic. Pure, beautiful, rock star magic. Those kinds of spirits live forever. Love, love love- Marlea, Francesca & Bella

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

We have never met, but I have followed your blog for the past year. I don't have cancer, but I have other health problems that I deal with daily. However, I am dealing with them alot differently now. After reading your blog and seeing your positivity and your smile I handle my bad days with "BP" or Bridget Power. I've told my whole family about your story and whenever any of us complain or get down we remind each other to have "BP". You will never be forgotten. Enjoy the beach with your Big Man. Your positivity and strength will forever help so many of us. Prayers from my family to you and yours. C

Jim Roller said...

Bridget, I first met you at my first SGK 3-Day getting started meeting. You gave me my first MWH pin. I was so touched by your story that when I got home I talked about you with my wife, daughter, co-workers and members of my dance school. I got the chance to say hello and give you a hug at the Boston 3-Day in 2011. I will be sharing your story and the importance of early detection and self exams especially young women.
You are in in my heart and prayers.
Thank you for being you.

Anonymous said...

Bridget, I saw actually saw you on TV and then started reading your blog. You are so special and such a gift to everyone! I don't even know you and I love you. You have accomplished so much and helped so many people in so many ways with your work, leadership and reaching out to others through your blog. May God bless you and carry you through the rest of your time here. Wishing you the most special and beautiful moments with your family, friends and your especially your Big Man!! Love you and will never forget you!!

Anne said...

Bridget, I have been following your blog since a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. I admire your courage, spirit, and talent for writing meaningful and moving prose. Wishing you, Big Man, and your family treasured moments together.

Anonymous said...

Bridget you have made such a contribution to all with cancer sharing your journey is a great gift You will be in our hearts forever Be at peace You will never be forgotten

Anonymous said...

"To live in this world,
you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal;
to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and,
when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go."

-Mary Oliver

You will not be forgotten, ever.

Anonymous said...

Your parents must be so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your kindness, your wisdom, your grace.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

So sorry to see you go.

Maurine Turcotte said...

Bridget.....I'll take the flag my friend and live every day to honor you and everything that you have brought to this life experience. I'll fight on for the both of us. Until we meet again.....I LOVE YOU

Maurine Turcotte said...

Bridget.....I'll take the flag my friend and live every day to honor you and everything that you have brought to this life experience. I'll fight on for the both of us. Until we meet again.....I LOVE YOU

Maurine Turcotte said...

Bridget.....I'll take the flag my friend and live every day to honor you and everything that you have brought to this life experience. I'll fight on for the both of us. Until we meet again.....I LOVE YOU

Anonymous said...

Bridget You are an amazing woman. I pray for healing and. Peace for you. You are a very special lady and are my sister in the journey. I pray that the Lord raps His loving arms around you and protects you from any sad thoughts. I also pray for your family especially your husband for strength and joy from your heavenly father to fill him. Love and blessings Bridget.
Charlotte NC

Anonymous said...

((((((((Bridget)))))))

bookworm said...

You will not be forgotten. You will live on. Your life has made such a difference in the lives of many! Be at peace, Bridget. Thank you. Thank you.

Deborah Hernley said...

No words.........just heartbroken.

Neel Stallings said...

Thank you, Bridget, for making such a difference in so many lives around the world. From the time I first talked to you in 2007 when you were my 3-Day Walk coach to the time we actually met on the bus at the Komen Leadership Conference to the times I've seen you since, you have inspired and motivated me to never stop working for a world without breast cancer. Thank you for being such a gift to all of us. We will NEVER forget you. I love you, sugah.

Anonymous said...

I have a big pair of pants now because of your story. Your perspective has changed everything.

the Lerd Word said...

I don't even remember how I found your blog, but it was soon after I was diagnosed. You have been such a source of inspiration, perspective and faith for me over the years. Even though I have never had the courage to reach out to you before, I feel like you have been with me every step of the way. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You, your family, and especially the Big Man and your mom, will continue to be in my prayers.

Carrie Murray, Arizona said...

Bridget, even though I don't know you personally I do have to say you are the most beautiful person I have heard of. I found out not long ago my Aunt Dolly in 1977 was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had her right breast removed. I only learned this because I am going to work “Pit Stop 4” at the Phoenix, Arizona Susan G. Komen 2013 walk with Lori Olsen. I am proud to say my Aunt is still with us and has been cancer free for 35 years. Reading your blog I can’t imagine what you are going through. I send my thoughts and prayers to you daily. I am wearing a pearl bracelet that my daughter’s grandmother gave her when she was a child and she will turn 21 in March. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I know I am truly blessed to have read your blog. I wish you all the best. Carrie

Anonymous said...

God bless you and vaya con dios.

Ariela Seigel

Heather A said...

Love and prayers. You have touched so many and I so admire your grace.

corallevang said...

Bridget...We have not met face-to-face that I know of, but I've heard your story, followed your blog, and watched your videos. I'm nearly 28 years older than you,and have had my accomplishments and failures. Only recently, I have realized just how connected each of us are to one another. And such is the case between you and me, as we have shared many "titles."
- 3-Day COACH for DFW in 2006
- 8-time 3-Day WALKER and FUNDRAISER in Seattle 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010; San Diego 2006,2010 & 2011
- BC SURVIVOR since June 2007 when dx'ed w/early stage DCIS, choosing a mtx of right breast in October (after I finished the walk!) and several stage DIEP Flap reconstruction from Jan through Nov 2008
- SPEAKER, BLOGGER/WRITER, ADVOCATE in various forms as I found my "purpose"
- And now, STAGE IV CANCER FIGHTER living with the realization that I will not be able to do all that I wanted/dreamed to do in my life, after my May 2012 dx of Neuroendocrine (NET)/Carcinoid Cancer
Your blog, your words, your example--show me, remind me, and challenge me to LIVE (whatever time I have) WITH INTENT & PURPOSE. I will continue to share your story, my story, and the stories of so many before us to give HOPE & COURAGE to those who will come after us.
Yes, Bridget...you have made a difference in this world. And I can only hope that I will leave this world having made just half the impact you have made. You have INSPIRED me to follow in your footsteps. Much love, joy, and peace to you, Bridget. It's now time for you to relax and bask in that sunshine!

Anonymous said...

Bridget, what an honor it was to share a toast with you in Valencia last March; what an even bigger honor it was to share a podium with you in Boston a month later; but the biggest honor of all has been to stand witness to the lives you've touched and forever impacted. Your bravery, strength, and sense of humor are profound, and more inspiring than words could ever convey. You are a force that will never end or be forgotten - it will carry on in the hearts of all of us. My thoughts are with you, the Big Man, and your family. Sending you peace and a huge hug... - Meghan D.

Jeri said...

Bridget~ We haven't met but I too, am doing battle with breast cancer. I have been so touched with your blog, your strength and your empathy for others. Best wishes and loving thoughts are sent your way.

Anonymous said...

Strength and beauty and what a tangible difference you've made....you've given others a purpose that will last forever.....

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