I really wish I didn’t have to make this post.

My Wordless Wednesday post may have alluded to it, but I wanted to make a more official post about it in here — my friend Jade, whose picture I posted on yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday, passed away from complications of cystic fibrosis and her second transplant on what wound up being Easter Sunday. Due to Facebook’s algorithm, I didn’t find out that she had passed until a day and a half after it had happened, and it wasn’t something that I wanted to find out even though I knew in the back of my mind that the day would come at some point, that she seemed like she had also gotten the same type of rejection in her new set of lungs that she had gotten the time before. She just seemed like she wasn’t doing particularly well leading up to her death, but I did enjoy the posts that her husband made on her behalf letting everyone who knew her know that she was continuing to fight. So it makes sense that he would be the one to write the final post on her behalf, which served to let everyone know that she had passed away. There will be an informal Celebration of Life streamed on her Facebook page for her friends in the coming days, and that’s something that I aim to be present for since I’ve known her for years (since even before her first transplant, in fact!).

Breathe easy, Jade. No one who knew you will ever forget you. Now you get to see your mom again.

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