It is with a heavy heart that this post is being written. This blog's author - my beautiful and talented daughter, Christine Hook - died suddenly this past Friday, February 8, 2013.
Through this blog, written over the past three years, she shared much about her life: her hopes and dreams, how it was like to live with a disability, and other things that were important to her. Her writing, even when discussing the difficulties in her life, was always punctuated with a feeling of hope and laced with humor.
In her life, after she had to stop working because of her disability, she again took up her art - a subject she majored in for her bachelor's degree. She began again to paint and pictures of a number of her paintings have appeared in the pages of her blog. She was involved in a movement in our local area known as Art de Cure, where paintings and photography of local artists are displayed in various medical offices and the proceeds from any sale of the art go to a variety of charities. She was the coordinator of one of the medical galleries, the donations from which went to find a cure or means of alleviating her disease - Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or CMT. The members of the Art de Cure have decided to name that particular gallery The Christine Hook Memorial Gallery, a tribute to her work in bringing awareness to her disability.
Even though dealing with her disability and other medical problems, she never lost her sense of humor and always had a ready smile. She is remembered by many who knew her of how positive her outlook was and how she always brought encouragement to others dealing with various problems.
So now we bring this blog to an end. I would recommend that you peruse the various writings she has left us over these past few years. And so we say farewell to a beautiful and talented woman whose work and memory will live on in her writings, in the pictures she painted, and in the hearts of all who knew her. May she rest in peace.