Lost Inspiration

I belong to a forum called Inspire, and I call the members the Inspirettes.  Sadly we lose members on a frequent basis, and when I was looking back I began to realise that of those replying to a certain post I am the only one who is still alive.  Of course there are even more members whose passing we can’t confirm.  They just go MIA rather than their death being confirmed.  One member keeps track of those members who are gone but I decided to take it a step further and compile a page (or more) for each member and track down their obituary, or possible some videos about them on YouTube.

One of the first things that I realised when I started to amass a lot more information is that such a large number of them were younger than me; some only in their 30’s.  Too often cancer is considered to be an older person’s disease, but increasingly this disease is hitting younger and younger people.  Their photos are of people who still hope that they might make it and who have every reason to want to stay alive.  Some have young children, and for one woman the realisation that something was very wrong with one breast came when her baby wouldn’t nurse from that side.  He was only about two when she died and sadly he won’t remember her except through a distant and unspoken bond to a mother he can’t recall.

There are nearly 90 people on the list, but some of them left so little information that I can’t even track down their actual name.  With others there has been the joy of putting an actual name to their screen name and photo and getting to know a little bit about them.  Some have loving tributes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRJ_PbSUVNE&feature=fvst by family and friends.  For me they are the Lost Inspiration.


1 Comment

  1. I should have said that if you go to the top menu bar (if that is the correct term) you can see some of those who are lost to us far too early.

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