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    Laurie Jean (Lefebvre) Dilibero 

I first met Laurie via email when she was registering for a Health & Wellness Fair I was putting on which Laurie attended annually. She always looked beautiful and glowing despite her ongoing battle with cancer.

About three years after our first meeting one of my friends who worked with her at Canadian Tire when she received her diagnosis, was shocked to learn she was still alive. She and others had already grieved her loss due to the gravity of her cancer when she left.

Not long after that I learned that she was the sister-in-law of one of my best friend's and I began to realize what a small world it was. That Laurie and I were destined to cross paths while she was here.
I am sad to say that the last time I was in her physical presence was at her afternoon visitation September 2017 where the line ups were long... another indication as to how loved she was and how much she will be missed.
 
This short Facebook passage she wrote a year ago gives you insight into just how AMAZING Laurie was.

"Today marks 2 major life milestones - a birthday and the 5 year anniversary of the day I heard the words "you have stage 4 cancer and it is incurable." 9 little words that could be seen as a death sentence or a gift. I chose gift. 

My life was completely altered that day and I began a journey of self discovery and change in every facet of my life - physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. Changes that brought pain and struggle, but ultimately much joy and love. I have forgiven myself and others, found the true beauty of nature, learned to live in the moment vs worrying about the future or regretting the past, spent countless hours of fun and celebration with friends and family....the list is endless....

Why am I still here AND thriving? I believe the why is different for everyone. For me it comes down to loving myself - because I didn't. I lived in the world of I will be happy when.... I can now truly say I love myself - the good, the bad and the downright ugly. I am much kinder to me. 

As for a cure? That would be great, and it may happen, but I do not need it to feel fulfilled and blessed in my life. Yes I did receive a gift that day. A wake up call that I so desperately needed and am grateful for. And I believe their is always hope for everyone, regardless of the circumstances. 
 If you are reading this, I am blessed to have you in my life. Thank you." 

Laurie was supported and frequently gave back to Wellspring Niagara and was so authentic in this Niagara This Week article She also supported the Cancer Society and when she couldn't be part of the 2017 Rankin Run for Cancer her family  and friends made sure she was represented. Her sister Andrea's Facebook post:

"I will be riding with a team that has been formed in honour of my sister Laurie DiLibero who has courageously lived 6 years with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. Our team name is "For The Love of Laurie" and her husband Dave who will be riding in her honour as part of the team. She'll be with me in spirit". 

Laurie's incredible courage and positive attitude carried her through a 6 year journey with breast cancer. She was an inspiration to all who crossed her path on this journey at age 54. She is an angel in every way.

Compiled & Contributed by Fan & WOW Founder, Carolyn Shannon


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