Hug of Hope Gone... by KazM

This is a very special pic of one of the last hugs I got to give my friend. We two had been friends since primary school and I thought we would grow old as friends. 1+1=2-1=lonely
At the time the picture was taken we had smiles and high hopes that she to would beat breast cancer.
She died within the year. Leaving me with the pain of lots more than 50 things I wish I had told her.
One October her husband, inspired by this photo, joined us to participate in the Glendale (NSW) Relay for Life.
I turned it sepia as it is a representation of the past that can never be re-enacted.
If I knew then what I learnt later I would have been tempted to cry and not let go of my precious friend. As it was we spent the day with hope, happiness, laughter and shared memories that made us smile.
I wish I could have another hug…

Just two country girls who are too busy to waste time getting dolled up.

Taken with my old Kodak camera (Which had no settings then scanned from the positive).

Thanks to the Sisters in Arms Group for featuring this work in May 2009.

Thanks to 50 Things group for featuring this image.

Thanks to the Imagewriting Group for honouring my work by featuring this work.


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  • Madeline M  Allen
    Madeline M Allenalmost 7 years ago

    How very Touching Kaz ! I know how you feel , I have just lost 2 of my very best friends within 6 weeks of each other to cancer ! Tomorrow is the funeral for my dear friend Martin. I shall miss him so very much and wish to hear more his stories and …. You know we all wish we could have one more hug , one more story, one more smile ……. Put your arms around you and squeeze and pull your best memories of her from your heart …. love out to you xxxxx

  • As I left my childhood home just after high school I did not keep in contact with my schoolfriends except Helen. Now I have no one to recall those times with. I am so pleased that this community has been so embracing. Thank you for your lovely thoughts and comments. Many hugs to help you get over the sorrow of the funeral.

    – KazM

  • janeymac
    janeymacalmost 7 years ago

    Kaz this is a beautiful photo of you and your friend enjoying each others company . I am glad that you never new she was ill and you were able to enjoy this day with her… sad to loose a dear friend …what a beautiful image this is ! hugs Jane

  • Helen and I saw each other rarely but within minutes it was like we had never been apart. I am glad to have this lovely pic to remember her by.

    – KazM

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 7 years ago

    Extremely touching…what a beautiful friendship….you will meet again…Sally xxoo

  • I honour her memory by trying to help her husband cope. Thanks for your kind words Sally

    – KazM

  • Mia1
    Mia1almost 7 years ago

    awh, I am so sorry. I lost my sister in law Oct 31/07 to breast cancer. This is such a beautiful photo and one day you will meet again. Hugs. xoxox

  • Hope so. If not at least I am raising awareness and if even one woman gets a lump checked early enough to be treated successfully that will be enough. Ta Mia

    – KazM

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 7 years ago

    big hug to you.
    ps. Which one are you?

  • Marion I am the taller one on the left. Ta for the hug

    – KazM

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 7 years ago

    This made me cry as I too have a very dear friend who is battling fiercely against lung cancer. Whenever I’m with her I want to crush her in my arms and try to remove her pain and doubts but we both play it cool like we have forever. Which…I guess we do, in a way.
    Someone said, “Love never dies” and so it is. Peace,

  • When my friend Bev was dying she thanked me for touching her as her family were scared of hurting her. Just puttingmy arms around her, sitting beside her and stroking her hand until she drifted off with a smile on her lips was what she needed. MY thoughts will be with you and your friend.

    – KazM

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 7 years ago

    Your friend lives on within your heart ,,,,
    mahalo for sharing…….
    they say once you post something on the internet it is there for ever…..
    just as your friendship is …………there forever!!!!!!!!!!!

  • am sure we had a connection before we met and that a little thing like death is just an interuption to our lifeforces interactions. Thanks for your supportive comment

    – KazM

  • Maria Murphy
    Maria Murphyalmost 7 years ago

    A BLESS YOU,Sorry !!! What great tribute to your friend,and what a nice memory to have.((((((((hug))))))))))))) xxx

  • I honour her memory by trying to give her hubby support. Thank you for your thoughtful comments

    – KazM

  • It was one of those times I had to work hard to get time to visit her but am glad I made the effort. Friends are precious and it is easy to get caught up in life and neglect them. Hugs and comments much appreciated Maria :-)

    – KazM

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganalmost 7 years ago

    You gave her love and friendship and you must know she appreciated and relished every second of it.

  • I honour her memory by trying to give her hubby support. Thank you for your thoughtful comments

    – KazM

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Wonderful image of you and your friend – thank you for sharing your story and your heart break – it helps to talk about these things and to work through the hurt and loss. You are on the right track! Lovely memorial to a true friend!

  • One of the hardest things is that there is no one left to share memories with. Thanks for your thoughtful and supportive comment, much appreciated

    – KazM

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