I am so sorry to have to let you know that Anne, my Ovacome friend from Cornwall, has passed away this Sunday, 21 of June, at her lovely home.
After waging many battles, including coming on the train to London with her husband last year for a second opinion from the Royal Marsden, as well as meeting with the COC, her condition continued to deteriorate and she has been in much discomfort.
Finally, she decided enough was enough and chose to reject hospice and palliative care, and instead enjoyed her last days at home with her husband, Allesandro and her adult children.
I am very saddened by her passing. I wish there had been some miracle that would have saved her.
At least I did get to meet her in London, where we had lunch together with her husband in the Cafe Roma, across from the Royal Marsden and we formed a bond that has remained until now.
I am comforted to know that she led a remarkable and adventurous life, living and working in Rome for 40 years, then moving to Cornwall to study horticulture.
She was a vibrant soul and we will all miss her.