Kirsten came to work with us at Roy's later. She is one of the coolest women I have ever known. Smart, funny, kind, and compassionate. And a whole lot of fun. One time I managed to slip out of motherly and wifey routines and escape with Kirsten and another friend to Maui for the weekend where we attended a workshop and stayed at a friend's house.
Great times. Absolutely wonderful memories.
Kirsten and Joel became best friends before they became serious. Their relationship started off on solid ground and turned into something huge and enduring.
My son was the ring bearer at their wedding. It goes down in my memory as best wedding ever. Everyone stayed until the end, dancing the night away in a hotel ballroom with a view of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
I left Roy's to teach full time.
Kirsten went on to earn her Master's degree in clinical psychology.
Joel went into management.
Kirsten and Joel moved several times as he managed different restaurants. They ended up in Seattle with two beautiful little boys.
A year ago Joel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Since then, Kirsten and Joel have been fighting hard for his life. He has been in remission and out and in remission again.
Then last week, the doctors told Kirsten if Joel wanted to come home and spend time with his friends and family, now would be the time. His liver cannot take any more chemo. They have been told that hospice might be the best choice right now.
Joel's come home to Hawaii.
We hope and pray for a miracle.
All prayers, visualizations, good wishes, are needed and welcome.
Joel's friends have set up this website to help the family out. Please visit. Offer them your love and prayers and if you can help them out through this most difficult time,
And tell a friend.
This will be my photo essay for the Spin Cycle this week.