Yesterday I received the kind of news no one ever wants to receive. My dear friend Celeste (http://celestepoll.blogspot.com/) had been battling Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma since June of last year. I followed her blog closely and cheered her on, hoping desperately that she would one day be able to overcome the dreadful disease and live a long and happy life. But the Lord had something else in mind for her. She passed away yesterday morning, and the world is darker because of it.
I knew Celeste when we were both in high school. She was in the grade above me and often hung out with my older brother and his group of friends. That's how I got to know her. She was an incredible pianist. She played an amazing concerto in our high school's concerto night, and she accompanied me when I played a cello solo at Regional and then State Solo and Ensemble Festival, where I received the top rating. She made me sound good. :)
Celeste was one of those people who always lived life to the fullest. She was always so happy and cheerful, and she never failed to brighten my day. Even when she was suffering and miserable during her months of chemotherapy and hospitalizations, she was always so optimistic and full of life. She is an incredible example to me of courage and faith. I love her and miss her so much.
I think our mutual friend Becca put it the best when she said, "Take a break and relax, honey. You're fight's over. You're home."