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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sad News

I have sad news to impart. My friend and partner Rae is in the final stages of lung cancer. It has been a tough battle since diagnosis a few short months ago. The illness has been rapid and aggressive leaving Rae little time to let people from the textile world know. She is been cared for at Warringal Private Hospital, Melbourne but anyone who wishes to send cards can do so via Warringal or my address. Po Box 277, Warrandyte, Melbourne.3113.
I will update this blog as her condition as needed.
Rae's husband Frank, and children Perry and Blair are with her daily, Tarin is coming back from a working holiday in Canada. Rae is receiving wonderful care from her oncologist Dr White and the nursing staff at the hospital. She is been kept comfortable at all times and although sad, she is, of course,  taking it with her characteric fortitude and resilience.
I'm guessing that this post probably explains my lack of previous posts for the last few months, Rae was always the engine behind our partnership not to mention my closest friend and surrogate nan to my girls.
I know for sure Rae would encourage all of her friends and acquaintances to make the most of now, as she has, don't wait for sometime in the future to live the dream. Take the trip, go out for lunch, make that call, make time for those you love, be supportive and encouraging to your friends and family and answer the question "should I" with HELL YES!



11 comments:

  1. Oh i am so sorry to hear this news, my thoughts, wishes and lots of love are going her way xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  2. I am so sorry to hear this. All my thoughts and prayers are with her and you all at this time.

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  3. Although I've only met Rae on one occasion when I took a workshop with her, we've been dealing together (I as a customer) for around 7-8 years. I was so sorry to hear about the sad news Jacinta and words can't express the sadness and shock I feel. Rae has been in my thoughts often.
    Best Wishes to you Jacinta
    Joni

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  4. Hell yes indeed - we all need a lovely person like Rae in our lives -

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  5. I am so sorry Jacinta! Thank you for letting us know! Rae is amazing person, very kind and always being helpful to me. Even I never met her in person I feel very, very sad . Rae is in my thoughts.......
    Nadia

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  6. That is awful news Jacinta, I only met Rae for a few days at a Forum, but I did so enjoy her company. I can imagine how very much you will miss her inspiration. My thoughts go out to all of you.....Robin

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  7. Felt sick at the news Jacinta, met Rae every year at Forums and in the odd class. Such a lovely person, one in a million.

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  8. Jacinta thank-you for sharing this. I am in shock and have tears welling in my eyes. I went to the Grampians Texture weekend workshop with Liz Maidment and I missed seeing Rae, of course I admired all of her stock especially the threads and the new colours which I had not seen as I had not been to Ballarat in 2012. Rae is such an amazing woman who I have loved catching up with at the Textile Forums, she is so very generous and caring, please send her my love, I have written to her and sent it via your PO Box. Love, Marion K

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  9. So terribly sad to hear this Jacinta. I first saw her products in a shop in Melbourne and it was lovely to meet her last year in Ballarat. Such a lovely (and talented) lady.
    Thinking of you all....

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  10. Jacinta, I heard your news today and checked as soon as I got home. I am also in shock. I missed Rocky last year and was hoping to catch up with Rae again in Brisbane. She is 1 wonderful, caring lady and admired by all who know her. I share your grief and have her in my prayers. Please let her know I am thinking of her and sending hugs. I also feel your pain, your friendship with Rae is so strong, hugs coming your way too. I appreciate your keeping us updated.

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