Keep Me in Your Heart

Blogs-contributors, Dan Waeger — By on March 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Dan passed away at home early this morning. I am not sure if relief is the best word, but there aren’t many words to describe the feeling. He lived with lung cancer for 3 years and 10 months. And when I say “lived”, that grossly underestimates the contributions he made to all of us that love him and those that were inspired from afar.

I am afraid that I haven’t quite figured out what to say. Dan was always the one to provide the inspiration or guidance, and he did that until his last day. I hope I was listening closely enough to him to remember everything.

There is nothing you can say to me to make me feel better. No bible passage or inspirational quotes. No anecdotes or memories. Please, don’t try. In my mind, I know that what happened was a release for Dan. But that doesn’t make me want to not throw myself on the ground and have a tantrum.

But I am still Dan Waeger’s fiance. I know that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. I know that if I don’t get up every day believing it will get better, I shouldn’t get up at all. I know that attitude is everything. I could go on with what I like to call “Waegerisms”, but those will be for another post.

I am so very sorry for our collective loss. I hope that Dan is at peace, but that his spirit will be restless and visit us often.

It is quiet at home for the first time in months. Somewhere, Dan is breathing easy and standing on the first tee.

Sweet dreams, babe.

Funeral details will be available shortly.

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