Today I lost a good friend to cancer.
When I first created my Patreon page, I mentioned a writing group way back when Prodigy and its bulletin boards were still around, some twenty odd years ago. The most influential writer in that group was a woman by the name of Tanya, but myself and the others there who shared our characters and stories knew her as Baroness Telsa. She had an amazing talent for writing, and inspired me to do my best when telling Madeline’s story all those years ago. As time went by, she shared with me that she had a special needs son, and I was amazed how strongly she championed him in the school system, and overcame the challenges that went with having a special needs child. When I had a special needs child of my own years later, her advice and encouragement was priceless to me, and when I felt down I would remind myself to be strong like Tanya.
It still seems like yesterday that she broke the news about her diagnosis, and I can't believe she's gone. My heart breaks that I won't be able to share any more of my stories with her, or read any more of her own, and that I won't see any more of her artistic creations. She was one of a kind, and there will never be a moment that I will think about Shroud without thinking about Tanya. Rest in peace my dear friend. I miss you.