None of us knows what challenges we will end up facing in life - certainly Eileen had far more than her share with the serious chronic illness she lived with - yet, she was such a fighter...and someone I've come to admire for her sustained strength. Eileen set an example for all of us through the way she handled adversity with such grace. On her sickest days, she kept going...doing things like attending the weekly Scrabble Club that she initiated several years ago, which is where we met. Ironically, when she first walked in, I thought I was meeting a competitive Scrabble player - but I soon learned, as I got to know her better, that, in addition, I had just made a special new friend. Scrabble won't be the same without you, Eileen...You will be sorely missed...May you rest in peace.
P.S. to Barry - Being a caregiver has to be one of the most demanding jobs, yet you did it so lovingly - for so many years. Know that there wasn't one day that I visited with Eileen, (remembering that there were many), that she didn't make a point of mentioning how much you were there for her, in every way. The love of her life took care of the love of his life - what a compassionate tribute to a very special relationship! My heart aches for your loss, but commends your sustained dedication. I have no doubt that she survived as long as she did because of it. You did a remarkable job taking care of Eileen, now please take care of yourself, Barry...and know that we are all here for you.