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Another Kossack has passed away, moe99. Her children posted the following on her blog this morning:

Our brave, beautiful mother passed quietly in to her next adventure early this morning while surrounded by her loving family. She was sleeping comfortably, and was not in any pain. We are in awe of her fighting spirit, her courage, and the greatness of her love. One of her final requests was for everyone to know that she considered her friends to be her greatest riches, and that she considered herself wealthy beyond compare. We love her, and miss her deeply. Thank you so much for all of your kind words, love, and support during this difficult time. She was truly an amazing and inspiring woman, and our world was a better place for knowing her.
moe99's blog

I don't think I ever encountered moe99 here, but I've learned a few things about her in a very short time. She was an attorney, a mother, an early recipient of a Community Quilt when she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and a resident of the Pacific Northwest. Please, join me in extending your condolences to her children, and share your memories of a Kossack gone too soon.

Below the fold I'll copy moe99's thank you diary when she received her quilt, along with the names of those who signed it.

Moe99's final comment, dated 12/01/2011 acknowledged her impending death:

I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage III B in 2009.  The disease has progressed and I am now after 5th line chemotherapy, without any medical options.  

I received my healing quilt from Rain in Portland OR, today and I've been searching vainly for a way to contact each and every Kossack whose name is contained within the quilt, to send a personal note of thanks.

But I cannot find a way to do that within Daily Kos, so I offer this up to each of you.  I am so incredibly grateful for your tangible outpouring of support.

And below the fold, I list the names that I have found on my lovely quilt.  I plan to read your words over and over again in the coming months as it seems I will have some time to do so while I go through treatment for my lung cancer.

A very big thanks to (and any spelling errors are mine):

Kfred (twice!)
Carolyn Urban
Green Mtn State
One bite at a time
Bluejay RN
good as gold
Smiley Sam
Dallas doc
Julie Gulden
Virginia Jeff
exmearden (given your own travails, your generosity means so much)
Dreaming of Better Days
the blue crayon
Kitsap River (you too!)
penny 8611
mem from Somerville
bergman 16
Dem in the heart of Texas
short girl
Raging Swede
Colorado is the Shiznit

Ever since my previous diary on Kos, Group Health has become more responsive to my requests.  They paid for a second opinion with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance ("SCCA") and yesterday, based upon the input from SCCA, the final decisions concerning my treatment were made.  You can read about it on my personal blog, if you are interested.

You should also know that I am given to understand (through private sources) that my earlier posting on Daily Kos was seen at Group Health and it had an effect on how I have been treated by them since then.  So please, do know, that this group has made a significant effect in large and small, tangible and intangible ways not only in my life but I am sure in the lives of many others.  Edited on 12/22/09 to add that today I discovered an email on my yahoo email which I rarely visit, from a Kos member who emailed my intial story to a relative on the Board of Group Health and that seems to have been the catalyst for change!

Thank you to all in the Kos community for your continuing support.  And especially to Rain for her fabulous skills as a seamstress.  I am deeply indebted to you all.

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