This is a story of limitless love and living life well.
My sister-in-law, Lisa, lost her battle with Ovarian cancer 5 years ago. This year marked the 6th year that I have walked with friends and family in Seattle’s SummeRun. We walked the first year while Lisa was still alive but very sick, and have walked each of the five years since she left us.
Limitless Love for Lisa
Our team, Limitless Love for Lisa, walks in her honor with family members and friends to raise funds for research and awareness for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Our ultimate goal is to end this horrible disease.
This year our walking team was a small, but mighty group. Some of us only connect annually at this event. I always look forward to talking and walking with the team. This year I walked most of the 3 miles with one of Lisa’s best friends. We had a delightful visit catching up and sharing stories and memories of Lisa. One of the stories we remembered together was about Lisa’s bird’s nest.
Lisa loved nature and wildlife.
Because of this, she and my brother, Bob, worked to make their property a natural habitat for birds and other critters. When her long, beautiful hair started falling out after cancer treatments, she would stand on their deck and comb it out.
After she died, several friends were helping Bob clean out the yard to get ready for a gathering. They found the bird nest, pictured here, with Lisa’s hair woven throughout. The birds had gathered her hair, a perfect texture for nest making, and used it to build homes for their babies. What a wonderful tribute to her life.
Lisa’s nest now has a place on the fireplace mantel and is a reminder for all of us. It represents the circle of life and of the inspiration she left us by living her life to the fullest. Lisa fiercely loved her family, the kids she taught and her circle of friends. She loved well and was well loved.
Her love was limitless and inspiring.
We miss you, Lisa.
Betty Lochner is the President and Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She is an award winning public servant, human resources professional, an author, and national speaker. To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit her website.