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Will You Know If I'm Gone?

I recently lost a cyber friend to cancer. We met on the former Black Families Forum over 10 years ago. Her screen name was yag41chi. Yvonne Gordon and I developed a friendship that I can't fully put in words. We always kept in contact with each other over the last 10 years. Although I had never met her face to face or even seen a picture of her (until recent) I already knew what she looked like. Natural cut hair with a smile on her face.

We shared stories of our children, our spouses and other personal things. When there was someone that I could call on who would give it to me straight and godly. Whenever I needer her, she always popped up with an email, or a call. We would always randomly send each other gifts.

She was a real strong lady. She was battling cancer and she was still strong. She even found time to minister to other ladies who had cancer. She even found time to minister to me when I needed a friend.

Some may say, how could you care for someone who you've never met. I guess, that's the same they say about Jesus. We both know that we were put together for a reason. I only wish that within those 10 years that we would have been able to physically see each other and that I could give her a hug.

She made a difference to so many around her. I miss her every day. I attempt to shoot her a email and then remember that I can't.

I knew of her death because her daughter went through her email account a few days before her death to read some emails. So, I ask you all, are there cyber friends/associates that you would want to know of your passing or if something happened to you? Would your family know how to contact your email contacts, your cyber associates/friends? If you haven't thought about it, make a note of email contacts that you would want your family to contact. About 9 years ago I lost another cyber friend from the former Black Families Forum and I did not find out about his death until I read it in the newspaper about 6 months later.

Yvonne must have been preparing because her daughter had access to her email account and was able to contact me and others.

Yvone A. Gordon 1960 - 2010
I miss you daily and you were the best friend ever!

Regina "Gina" as you know me.

Thanks for allowing me to share.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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