Some people give us all the gift of seeing how life should be lived. Lis Kristof is one of these people. She sent an email to her friends lettting them know that she would be dying soon but before that, she and her best friend, a Chinese Crested named Diva, would make one more agility run. Judy was kind enough to share the email and video with us.
Such grace and dignity! We should all meet our life’s end with such beauty! Thank you Lis and Diva.
And you’re right, Judy. Pull out the tissues.
if this don’t make you cry, nothin’ will!
Here is Lis’ email to her friends and supporters:
To all of my fellow agility competitors and friends,
Last Tuesday I was admitted to hospital, for eight years I have fought breast cancer. I have been diagnosed now with AML Leukemia and have been given approximately three weeks to spend on this wonderful earth. I have chosen not to do any more chemo as I believe I have received and given all this life has to give and take.
With the help of my dear friends in Dallas we were able to talk the Dr’s into spring me out of hospital today. Tomorrow at the Dallas Agility Working Group’s trial I will run my darling Chinese Crested Diva for the last time – it wont be pretty, no one will be able to guess who’s handling style I will use and I don’t even know myself – just staying on my feet will be an achievement and to run with my very best friend and to be among friends will be enough to give me the energy I need to get through the day.
I am thrilled I will also get to watch the veterans parade and to pay tribute one last time to all the great dogs that have helped form this sport that I so love.
If you want to do anything for me pray that Diva and I can achieve a super Q, it is all we need to become ADCH together, but even if we don’t get it – I know I am blessed to share what time I have with my dogs and my friends.
Please wish Angela Lancaster all the very best with my dogs in the future, I know my dogs will continue to be well loved and respected and they will be in the agility ring again at some time to play.
Many thanks for all your love and support over the years, I am indeed one of the lucky ones that get to say thanks in ‘person’ before my time.
Remember this weekend to enjoy your friends, dogs and should success come, enjoy and embrace it, if it doesn’t never forgot the love of this game and the friendships we have forged. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my journey I sure do appreciate you all.
Run Fast, Run Happy