Jun. 19th, 2005

Online

Jun. 19th, 2005 10:23 pm
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So, i've been online in one form or another for a decade. In that time I've met quite a few people from all over the world. First they were those online freaks, then they were online friends, then they were just friends. One of them even became my husband. Most of you know what I mean. Even if I haven't met a lot of you, or seen you since 1996, I still talk about my friend Tracey in Colorado or my friend Stella in Texas or my friend Lisa and her Avon Walks or whatever.

This LJ thing has brought a few different people into my life. Who knew there were cool online people that were NITZ? A few i just picked up because i saw them commenting in a bunch of my friends' journals. A few were pointed out to me by my friend Shanna in Georgia as someone who might be interesting to read.

So anyway, there was this one person I picked up a while back. [livejournal.com profile] sunniedaze. She was a young woman - 25 or something. married. and very sick with Cystic Fibrosis. She'd had 2 transplants and was hoping for a third and wasn't really doing all that well. I last saw her post in May, talking about how tired and weak she was feeling. I thought nothing of it, really.

But then last night I got curious and tried to find out how she was. Turns out she passed away on May6.

And it just makes me sad because I didn't know.

She's the third online Friend i've lost in this decade. I spent hours last night trying to find out more or to find an online obituary. That took a while because I didn't even know her last name.

I'm not really sure what my point is here - just that it's hard to explain to a lot of people why I'm sad about the death of someone I never met, never really had any personal contact with aside from a few LJ comment exchanges. And i can't bear to remove her or [livejournal.com profile] roghawk from my friends list. That would be even sadder.

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Christine Boyko

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