Karen started the same week I did and although there was a twenty year difference in our ages, we hit it off immediately. She took me under her wing and taught me all about corporate politics. She taught me to create an amazing resume, how to sell myself in an interview, and most importantly, how to work hard, yet still have fun no matter what the job was.
Karen has three daughters. At the time we met, they were 15, 12, and 5. Over the years we had many conversations about her relationship with her girls and my relationship with my mom. We helped each other through some difficult times, each of us providing the other with some perspective to help deal with these relationships better. I loved hearing Karen talk about her girls, Stacey, Laurie and Nikki. And I thoroughly enjoyed watching these girls grow up. To this day, Stacey is one of my closest friends.
Karen was, and still is, one of the funniest people I have ever met. She was so much more than a mentor to me, she was a lifelong friend that changed the way I see the world, and the way I see myself. I can't tell you enough how grateful I am that she is a part of my life. I love this woman, she is like
Two weeks ago, Karen's two year old grandson Jack, Laurie's son, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. You can read about Jack's Fight here. This family is so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support they have received from total strangers. Please take a moment to say hello, and if you can, say a prayer or make a wish or send some good vibes to little Jack.
Jack has a long road ahead. But cancer picked the wrong family. It has no idea who it is messing with. This is the feistiest group of people I have ever met. They will win. I have no doubt.