My friend, Nanda, passed away yesterday of cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in Kuwait in February 2009, and thought she had it beat at one point, until the discovery that it had spread to her brain. She was a lovely lovely person, full of life and energy. She was one of the few people I know who never had a bad word about anyone; always found (and brought out) the good in others. She was an angel on Earth and now she's moved Home. She died in her home country, Brazil yesterday afternoon.
Nanda had a message to me and other females I know: Get regular mammograms and breast exams!
I will miss your smile, your laughter, and your grace, girl. I will never forget you. You brightened my world and I am a better person for knowing you.