And then there's Loretta. Just this week I had lunch with this woman, who started out as a friend of a friend and has become a treasured pal over the last few months. I think of Loretta as a cross between a warrior princess and an honorary guardian angel. Having battled breast cancer and won, she makes it her mission to help and support other women who are battling the disease in some form. So many times she'd message me on Facebook, asking how I was doing, offering support and advice. It always lifted my spirits to get a message from Loretta. And it lifted my spirits to visit with her at one of our many local restaurants on the water out here in the Pacific Northwest. We swapped "war stories" and laughed at some of our adventures. And I came away inspired. This woman taught spinning classes when she was doing chemo and radiation. How did she do that?!
None of these women are famous. They may never be. And it may never make the news when they finally wend their way heavenward. But they'll all leave every bit as big a hole as the amazing Angela. And right now, they're all impacting other people with their lives. Angela would be proud.