Monday, July 31, 2006

Terry Botha Died Today

Contests. Terry always entered contests on-line. I don't think she entered them just for something to do, she was to ill to work, and I don't think she entered them because she was to ill to do physical things, like going for walks or even climbing stairs. I think she entered contests as an affirmation of life, as a statement of hope and confidence that there would be a future, that there would be time for winning. She included a lot of us on her list of forwards so that we could enter too. She was one of my Roy's closest friends and only in her 40's. Roy always called her Munchkin because she was barely 4' 11".

Terry had been on a waiting list for a lung transplant. She had COPD. She and Gord had to move to Vancouver because you had to live close to the hospital in case you got "the call". They got the call at 1:30 am on July 30th and left for the hospital ten minutes later. They operated soon after and the operation went very well. Normally they take around 8 hours but Terry's was done in four and a half. Her husband Gord called early yesterday morning to tell us the good news, that she was in surgery and another call a few hours later let us know that things had gone well. A few hours after that however things weren't looking that well, fluid was building up in the new lung and at 6:00 am this morning, less than 24 hours after they'd gotten "the call" Terry passed away.

Contests and Terry. They went hand in hand. Most of us hate junk mail and we are no exception, Roy especially hates forwards from friends. But you know, every email we got from Terry, inviting us to join her in entering some unknown contest, never got deleted. We entered every one.

We love you and miss you Terry

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