For those of you who have been around for a long time you might recall Joan Popolo. She was one of our members for many years. I have kept in touch with her on a personal level and am sad to say that she died June 8th due to complications from a knee surgery she had last week. I spoke with her on the 5th and all seemed to be going well, but then I found out yesterday she had passed. I am deeply saddened, as her generous and loving soul will be missed from all who knew her.
Joan was fun and very caring. Her diabetes was actually a fluke in some ways. She came here in search of support. Later she found that her diabetic symptoms were from prolonged steroid use and after she stopped the treatment, she began suffering many lows. She was pulled off her meds and found that she had normal levels after that. Her participation slowed here a lot, but many of us kept in touch.
She lived alone with her fur babies Freddy, Faith and Frieda. Her activism for animals was very much in the forefront of her life. Often trying to find homes for shelter animals.
She loved God and enjoyed crafting. Having crocheted many items that served as her income. I am privileged to have had her do a few for me. Her creative talent was inspiring. Her love for music found her in the church choir and we were even talking just a week or so ago about her wanting to get back into her violin. Her attitude of "never give up" got her through many personal struggles that served as a shining light to those who understood the daemons she often faced. There was always a smile on her face and love in her heart.
I will miss her.
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