I had been thinking of Stella this last week; considered her a CT friend as many of you. Her unique blend of sugar + salt w/just a tad of tabasco & a mystery spice made her a balanced blend for a wonderful recipe that seemed to draw people in. She was so open to the possibilities w/science in one hand, alternatives in the other w/her spirituality in relation to the "universe" to inspire/center her inner self.
Anyone reading her posts, knew that Stella was easy to laugh yet deliberate, persistent, keen, intelligent...and finally, just plain tuckered out. After all the travels seeking various tx, she just wanted to go home.
We communicated through email early Jan @ which time she said a trip to MSKCC was scheduled for the end of month if she could make it. She was expecting her daughter & son in law the week after we corresponded. After that she had a family member coming from Moscow for 3 months. She was very much looking forward to the visitors & had several home projects in the works. Her pain was increasing, taking Oxycodone, spending a fair amount of time in bed, researching, meditating etc., you name it. I don't think her mind ever stopped. So I felt to let her enjoy her family & then I got busy w/necessary projects before my 9 yr old grandson came to stay w/me for a few weeks in June. Lots to catch up after he left as I do NOTHING else while he is here, but focus on him. Time gets away from us it seems.
I have missed, will miss Stella's presence popping in & out on the forum.
Our "Vilca", her energy now one w/the universe, has the answers the rest of us seek.
My heartfelt condolences to Stella's DH, daughter & DH, family & friends for their loss.