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Celebrating the Life of Sandra McNeilly

joanna's journal joanna's updates May 01, 2023

These last two weeks for me and my family have been brutal.

I had hope that my mother would pull through, like she had so many times over the last 8+years. I’d begun to wonder if she was a tad invincible. I certainly wanted her to be invincible. 

Sadly, she wasn’t. 

My mom passed away with me by her side and on her own terms. She made sure I wasn’t alone as she took her last breathe. A caring and thoughtful Dr. - Dr. Grace Gao - was with me and we both watched with baited breathe for a full minute before realizing it had indeed been my mom’s last. 

My mom and I had a long and loving relationship. She knew how much I loved and appreciated her. I didn’t want to let her go, but she told me I must.

She fully believed in our babywearing mission. 

She savored life, and experiences. She believed quality of life was more important than quantity. 

I won’t belabor this I promise. However, I wish you would tell those you love how much they mean to you. Tell them in a way they can hold on to more than a spoken memory. Write them a note, and be specific. Tell them often. 

Focus on the quality of your life. 

I send you love today as that’s all I have to give right now.