Ten years ago today the world lost a beautiful soul, and I lost my very best friend. Kelly Bisson touched the lives of every single person she met. If you were lucky enough to get to know Kelly, you never forgot her. Her personality was magnetic, she lived every waking moment as if it were her last and she was the most devoted mother to her daughter Alex that I had ever seen.
I’ve been going through and reading letters and notes people shared at her Celebration of Life ten years ago and she was truly something special.
“Throughout her treatment, Kelly (as was very typical of her) had the most positive, upbeat attitude imaginable. She was proud to be a part of the Good Sam Team and valued the interaction she had with the patients she worked with. She especially appreciated the special bond she developed with her oncology patients because as she put it, ‘I can see things from their point of view!’ Kelly has touched so many of us in many different ways and her smiling face and bubbly, upbeat personality will remain in our hearts always.” ~ Anne Coash
I can personally attest to her positive attitude throughout treatment. She was determined to beat cancer and continued to exercise daily to show it she was winning. And winning she was…until she caught a cold that winter of 2003. With her immune system weakened the flu got the best of her and she succumbed to ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and passed away on January 7, 2004 at the young age of 39.
I would never have guessed the first time I met Kelly that she and I would become so close. She was the most loyal of all friends, honest and forthright – she did not have a problem telling you what she thought.