I'm sad to report the death of Amanda Simpson. She was 37.
We thought she had more time -- not much more, but more.
Amanda died at home Tuesday evening, just hours after a good meeting with her doctor and nurse to plan out the weeks to come.
She spent much of the day with an old friend. She has been visited by many friends and relatives in the past few weeks.
Thanks to their work, Amanda came close to one of her life's goals: seeing her garden finished. She had two grand legacy projects. Her garden, and her Gordon. I will take good care of both, as per her wishes.
Amanda's body is now with Woodland Cemetery with cremation scheduled for tomorrow. Details on a service have yet to be determined. I will update here and at thesimpsonblog.com.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been so supportive over the past 3+ years, from the day Gordon was born and the ovarian cancer was first discovered, through long months of treatment, relapses, setbacks and reprieves.
Difficult times are still ahead. I feel the warmth of so many people, and I am grateful to be near so much love from family in London and Stratford. I know people around the country and beyond have been following our story. The story's not over. This chapter is.
Amanda's legacy lives on in Gordon, in the garden, in me, in her family, and more that will unfold in the future.
(I apologize to anyone who feels blindsided by this news -- we've tried to contact as much family as possible before sharing on Facebook. Real human contact is always better than digital, but this medium carries the message in today's world.)
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