My dear friend Blanca passed away this past Saturday the 19th of January. I happened to be in Riverside, California for my friend Laura's wedding and on the way to the chapel I got Caroline's text message saying she was in the PICU, intubated and probably not going to make it through the day. I was so sad and prayed that she could hold on until after the wedding so that I might be able to see her. My prayers were answered as Stanford and I raced the hour distance to the hospital. My heart just about broke when I walked into her room but was so grateful for the chance I had to stand at the head of her bed and express my love and admiration to her. She passed away just a few hours later. She fought a long and hard battle of Cystic Fibrosis and I got to know her well during her many inpatient stays during the four years I worked at Miller's. We used to play games together and talk about the challenges and blessings life brought. She struggled but she never gave up. She knew a lot about my religion and she used to tell me how awesome she thought it was that I believed and practiced the things I did. I used to joke with her and say, Ok Blanca, now don't do anything I wouldn't do...and she's laugh and say oh sara, you know that's not possible... :) She had her own ways of doing things and she took care of herself the best she could. She was an amazing girl and I will truly miss her. I feel peace knowing she is no longer in pain and that I will get to see her again someday. I love you Blancita!
Me, Blanca, and Caroline
Kandra, Mike, Caroline, Blanca, and Me
Me and Blanca