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The Battle that was Lost

At 8pm, July 10th, 2011.  A much loved Claire Wilson passed away gently in her sleep, age 30. It is hard to know what exactly to write in response to this, but I’ll have a go…

Claire and I met through an odd connection via parents and aunties. The connection however was not one that should be made in ordinary life, it was made because in November last year, Claire was diagnosed with bowel cancer and she was only 29. People my age with this diagnosis are few and far between. To date, in my 2 1/2 years of living with this illness, I have only come across 3 others who are my age and are battling the same disease. Through horrible circumstances, we conversed over telephone and email, sharing in our illness the highs, the lows, and the tribulations of chemotherapy. I have met Claire only 3 times in my life in person, but they were enough times to understand what she was going through, and for her to understand my journey.

It was Claire through whom the 20/20 story was made, as she reached out to make other people aware that life did not have to go this way. Bowel cancer, killing more people than breast and prostate cancer combined, doesn’t need to be the killer it is. Shortly after the filming of the story, I had heard that things were not looking good, and on Sunday just been, she passed away.

Her passing is a not so gentle reminder of the fate that lies before me. Ultimately, unless God himself intervenes, I too will be passing away as a victim of this illness. It makes you think of issues of life and death, and what you believe around them. We all get to live and we all get to die, its just a pity that some of us reach the latter sooner than others.

May God be with you Claire, may God be with your family at this time. May you rest peacefully now, free from the affliction your body had to endure, and may you know God’s peace.

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  1. Paula
    July 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    That last paragraph was beautifully written Jared.

  2. July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    well said, Jared. Her wedding on the 20/20 clip brought me to tears. Very sad

  3. rhys
    July 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    well said. thinking of claire’s family

  4. George
    July 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    You’ve said it all Jared. Nothing more needs to be said here. Bless.

  5. Maree
    July 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Jared,

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news about Claire’s passing. I pray for her husband and family at this difficult time also. Thank you for posting this very nice photo of her in remembrance.
    Thank you for the lovely tribute to her. Mxx

  6. July 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    hi jared.. I am sorry to hear about your friend.. may her soul rest in peace.. i m a ardent follower of ur blog.. loved the lines u wrote ” WE all get to live and we all get to die.. its just a pity that some of them encounter it much sooner.. ” very truely said..!

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