On Lisa Bonchek Adams

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by
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“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.”

These beautiful, inspirational words came from a beautiful, inspirational writer: Lisa Bonchek Adams. On March 6, 2015, Adams died from metastatic breast cancer.

Today is her memorial service.

On March 6, I received news of her death via Facebook, ironically the platform through which I got her updates. There it was, bold as ever: “Died From Cancer.”

For awhile prior to her death, I knew things weren’t going well for her. Deep down inside, I knew she was dying. But I got so used to her presence on social media that I deceived myself into thinking she would be around for a long, long time.

Then I checked Facebook on Friday evening. And I got a reality check.

We followed each other on Twitter and were Facebook friends, but I really don’t know if Adams knew of me. I sure knew her, though, even though we never actually met. Like the countless numbers of people whose lives she touched, I read her poignant, well-thought-out updates.

I knew her as a wife and mother of three, and my heart breaks for her family, who must somehow go on. This is an unimaginable, tragic loss.

Like everyone else, I hung on her every word of poetry and prose. Her eloquence and ability to educate others about metastatic breast cancer astounded me. I appreciated her honesty and her need to educate the world about metastatic breast cancer.
Like so many, I’m still grieving.

But then I find salvation and comfort in the words of Lisa Bonchek Adams: “Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.”

Yes, Lisa, I will find beauty in the world every day, even on those days it is difficult to do. I will persevere. Thank you.

I'm sharing some beauty today. I took this photo in the summer.

I’m sharing some beauty today. I took this photo in the summer.


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2 Responses to On Lisa Bonchek Adams

  1. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    I was so saddened by the news of Lisa’s death even though, of course, like you I had a feeling her time was running out. The news hit me extra hard because as you know, she died on March 6th, the same date my mother died from mbc. I feel so badly for her family. I feel so badly for all the families… Thank you for the post. #wewillnotforget

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Nancy,

      I remember you writing about Lisa dying on the anniversary of your mother’s death. Horrible. I also feel badly for all the families and all the other loved ones. I wish this damned disease didn’t exist. xoxo

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