Memories, light the corner of my mind . . .
Bring your stories and photos of Teresa. Amanda or Peg (Amanda’s Mom) will have your photos scanned and get info from you on the photos before you leave Roanoke so you can safely take your photos with you.
Photos and stories will be used in a book that Amanda is writing about Teresa. One of the Sarcoma organizations has already offered to help market it. Teresa asked Amanda to write the book; it was completely her idea. Of course, Teresa expected to be alive to see the finished product, so it’s become a harder, and much more emotional, task than Amanda originally planned.
Please help her by bringing your stories about Teresa with you (and photos if you have any!) for Amanda to include in the memoir. All photos will be scanned and returned to you before the weekend is over.) Amanda tried to do this while T was still alive, so she could have stories from friends and family to read to her beloved Teresa when things got hard (and they sure got really, really hard), but only 5 people ever responded, and only 1 was a blood relative to T. So as to not hurt her, Amanda never told her T what she tried to do for her.
Please help us now by sharing those stories and memories you have of Teresa now so that everyone may share in the memories of T from her birth through her death. Help Amanda include as many memories as possible of Teresa; not just hers.
If you’re unable to attend Teresa’s Celebration of Life, please see the bottom of this page for how to submit your memory or memories of Teresa. There is no limit to how many you can share!
The story below about Amanda when she was very young is included to give you an idea of what we’re looking for style-wise.
“I remember this time when Mandy was little, maybe 8 months old, when my sister KC and I took her with us to the mall. One of the stores had a great old fashioned candy counter, and I saw some white chocolate bark, my favorite, and bought 5 pounds of it to go. Mandy was in her car seat between us in the front seat, just minding her own business, not making a sound, and without thinking we put the package into her car seat, sort of as a carry all.
We drove away chatting merrily, not paying her any mind, when suddenly we heard, “Mmmmmmmmmm!!!!” in this little tiny voice. We looked over at Mandy to find that she had gotten in to the bag of white chocolate, picked up one huge slab of bark in her little tiny hands, and was eating it like watermelon or corn on the cob. She had munched a huge semi-circle into the slab, had melted white chocolate all over her face and hands, and had the most wildly beatific glow of happiness on her face.
She was literally sweating with joy. She had found the love of her life! My sister KC started laughing so hard the tears were rolling down her face. She pounded her hands on the steering wheel, but she just couldn’t stop laughing!
And Mandy loves chocolate to this day!”
Note: Stories about Teresa do not need to (and should not) be limited to childhood, this is just the best example we could share with all of you. It’s sweet, funny, and even though it’s short, provides emotion and detail. You can really imagine the scene and feel the hilarity of the moment. That’s what we need from you. A list of facts/statements is not a memory. We need to be able to feel the memory, feel the emotion. Only you know what emotion(s) go with that memory. We can’t add emotion in because we were not there for moments that happened before 2009.
If you are not coming to Teresa’s Celebration of Life, please submit your stories about her to firstname.lastname@example.org and make the subject: My Memory of Teresa.
Send as many as you can think of, preferably just one per email so we can sort them easier going forward. If you have photos which accompany one (or more) of your memories, please let Amanda know and she will work out the best way for you to share it.
If you are coming, you can either submit the same way, or you can bring a written copy to the event, or you can write it in the book that will be available at the event.