I just got back from seeing Jim. I know he's in shock but he's strong and has good support from family and friends. I first met him and Marilyn about 7 years ago through Mouthy and we immediately hit it off. Marilyn was an absolute sweetheart and reminded me very much of my own mother. I know she's been battling ovarian cancer for the last few years and took chemo a couple of years ago. For a time, it seemed to have worked for her and we were all so happy.
Then a couple of weeks ago, Jim called me at work and left a message telling me that Marilyn was in the hospital and that the cancer had come back and there was no hope. He broke down sobbing and I started to cry. I went to see her that night and was shocked at the change in her from about 6 weeks previously. I had planned on going tonight after work to see her again, but it was too late.
I'm not sure what I believe about God or an afterlife, but if there is something beyond this life, then Marilyn has surely earned 'her wings'.
RIP my friend.