Those who have gone beyond
(Photo from Pagan Newswire Collective - Cara Schultz)
I first learned about the passing of Kyril, who read and occasionally commented both here and on EC, from a comment by SK on WarBird some days ago. I didn't post much about it as I didn't know any details at all.
Now I've learned that Kyril was fighting breast cancer for years before finally succumbing on March 9.
By searching Facebook, I've learned more about her. Here is a memorial article. Usually I don't know anything about my readers except what I find out from their comments, so it gives me more of a sense of connection to know Kyril was a professional astrologer, a Gardnerian high priestess in Wisconsin and a builder, mover and shaker in the pagan community there.
I am proud to have had her as a reader, I mourn her loss and I wish her the best on her next adventure.
Kyril is the second reader I have lost to cancer, the first being Valdary, a couple of years back.
Currently, my former life partner and writing partner Shirley is fighting breast cancer, undergoing radiation.
Accordingly, I would like to invite you to visit the webpage of my best friend, Melissa Gold, to whom I read aloud copious quantities of asa kraiya before I had the nerve to post it, and who very occasionally comments here. Despite having hit the other side of 60, Melissa participates annually in Toronto's Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200-kilometer (or 160-mile) weekend bike ride for which you have to raise $2,500 for cancer research just to be allowed to participate. It's an inspiration to see her do this every year.
I have donated myself in honour of Kyril and Valdary, and I invite you to do the same. Click here. Note: even though the Ride doesn't happen until June 8-9, the researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital (google it to find out its rep if you don't know) can start making use of your donation as soon as you send it.
Good health and long life to all.