And it’s not about completing a program. It’s about one of the most courageous women I have known and have had the honor of calling my friend, Robin Carlson. I met Robin in 2004 in Los Angeles when she was leading seminars and I was one of her coaches. As a seminar leader, she was amazing and as a friend, she was incredible.We became close friends right away and she was at our engagement party in March of that year.
Robin was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2005 and I truthfully have to say that she is the bravest, most courageous woman I have known. She faced the disease with a positive attitude, grace and courage. We all kept hoping that she’d get better and many times we thought she had finally beat the disease, only to find out the heartbreaking news that she hadn’t, in fact the cancer only got more aggressive. In 2010 she was told that she was now at stage 4. She came to visit us in June of 2010 and although my gut told me that it was probably the last time I’d see her, I just was not willing to accept that.
We have ended 2010 on a high note as a family. It was a good year for Joseph, our daughter and me. I have learned some important lessons, one of them being that it is important to take care of myself so I can take care of my family. I have learned to prioritize and I have learned that sometimes we just need to give up our attachment on the way we think things should be. With Robin, this is one of those moments for me. I have to give up my attachment to have her here with us..
Some people are here to learn and others like Robin, are here to teach. All I can say is, thank you Robin from the bottom of my heart, you will always be a part of my life.