As we come nearer to the anniversary of when we said goodbye to our beloved Megan, and we remember those last few weeks we had with her, the last conversations, the last hugs, the last laughs and smiles, we encourage you to do so in celebration.
This year has been a hard year to get through- almost an entire year and a bunch of firsts without Megan. Yet those of us closest to Megan have tried our hardest to do as we know she would want us to do- and that is to live as she lived, love as she loved, and dance as she danced.
Wherever you are when you are thinking of Megan, instead of dwelling in the sad moments, celebrate her and honor her for the gifts she brought into your life. Think not of what was taken away, but of what was given instead. Take those gifts and instead of keeping them just for yourself, share them with others as Megan always did for us. Love, laugh, smile, hug, and give.
This quote was said at another beautiful woman’s service this year and it fits Megan too: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, while you live and the manner in which you live,” Stuart Scott.
Megan lived well and loved with all her heart and never let cancer or any other bad day keep her from laughing. And that is how we ultimately beat cancer- by honoring and cherishing the way she lived. Megan is so celebrated and so loved. Thank you, Megan, for the gifts and lessons you taught us.
Below is a video with a special gift tucked inside. The photos are ones we have all seen before, Megan’s beautiful smiling face. One thing so many of us have missed the most is Megan’s voice. I received a gift from Shay at the Hastings Tribune a couple months ago. She had saved her recordings from her interview with Megan and sent them to me. In the video below are a few excerpts from that interview. Be sure to have the sound up!
Thank you all for your love, prayers, support and for being a gift to Megan through all these years. You were the reason she was able to get through that tough journey with so much grace. She was so thankful for all of you. Celebrate her this next month- and for the years to come. She is always with us- smiling and laughing and loving us.