Yesterday I had the honor of attending a celebration of the life of Heather Marie Jones. Heather passed away last week on May 31st, from cystic fibrosis. She died the day after her 26th birthday. You can read more about cystric fibrosis here, but it's something Heather battled her entire life. And let me tell you, Heather battled this disease. With her entire being. She spent many many days in hospitals. She missed many events here at home because of being in the hospital many times throughout ther life. However, she was always so very positive throughout it all.
But in the end, God called her home to be with Him. Sometimes it's so very hard to understand why God does the things He does.
Heather and I were in youth group together at Grace UMC, back in middle/high school. She was truly the only person I have ever met who could talk more (and faster!) than I could!! We were really close back then, and haven't been as close in the more recent years, but I loved that girl. She was such a fighter, especially when it came to being sick.
She loved to talk, and she loved to talk about country music!! Especially Kenny Chesney. He was definitely her favorite. I remember back in youth group, it seemed she was always going to a concert somewhere!!!
Someone mentioned yesterday that Heather never complained about being sick- You would never hear a complaint come out of her mouth. In fact, many never knew she was sick unless they were told.
I remember that about her, and that really woke me up - there are people in this world who go through so much, and they never complain. And then here I am, complaining that I am tired, or have a headache. We don't have a clue what people suffer through. It makes me never want to complain ever again. I go through nothing compared to what Heather went through, or even other people who are sick.
Heather was a wonderful person, with a great personality and a beautiful smile. I loved her dearly. Her bright and bounding personality will be missed.
Heaven truly welcomed another angel on May 31st.