I’ve been in touch for several years with John Easton, a long-time Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) resident; I’ve shared much information about local history as a result of many great conversations with him:
John has recently sent me a message (Sept. 24, 2015), which I am pleased to quote for this blog post:
“Here’s a good news tale to brighten your day. Suzanne is our daughter, diagnosed with Mesothelioma (Lung cancer affiliated with Asbestos … a
result of many years as a phys-ed teacher in the Halton-Peel region with
asbestos flakes falling from the gymnasium ceiling) in early December of
last year. It’s been a few months of intensive visiting/caring … now,
she’s home and enjoying all that life can provide.
“Just taking the time to pass on Suzanne’s featured article in “Faces of Health”. Just published.
“And don’t forget to check out her friend Marg’s companion piece.
“And PRAISE THE LORD for prayer!
“Sure, and Sue’s still on a small dose of pain medication, still visits Princess Margaret for checkups … but that didn’t stop her from taking a ‘To hell with the bell’ weeklong vacation to Cape Cod last week, in celebration of her retirement from teaching.”
[End of text from John Easton]
You can access Suzanne’s article here:
Suzanne’s friend Marg has also posted an article; you can access it here:
John Easton adds:
“Suzanne’s story IS a great tale of hope and determination. A bit off-topic for Long Branch history, but then, where does history start or begin?
“As a bit of local background, why don’t I attach a print of Suzanne, in her senior year at New Toronto Secondary, winning the 3000 meter race at the Toronto and District Championships. She’s always been a fighter.
“And, while I’m at it … here’s a clip from last August … Suzanne and her sisters. It was at this time she began noticing a pain in her right side, lower rib area. Doctors assured her it was probably a muscle sprain, what with her extremely active athletic life. It took the observances of a naturopathic friend of hers to discover litres of fluid gathered between the lungs and rib cage.
“Next time I’m by, I’ll try to remember to bring a memory stick clip of Suzanne and her friend Wendy playing at one of the Princess Margaret ‘concerts’. This is of the song `My Friend’ that Wendy had just written for Sue.”
This is a delightful and inspiring story – very much a part of the local history of Long Branch! I look forward to viewing the video that John Easton has referred to in his message.