Our friend Rannie Yoo died yesterday. After a nearly yearlong battle, she succumbed to cancer. She was only 33.
From the moment you met her, you knew that she was special. She was always smiling and nary had a bad word to say about anyone.
When Rannie was diagnosed with cancer last November, she took it in stride. She created a twitter with the irreverent moniker "tumorrific" and would chronicle her battle.
When I heard about her terminal diagnosis a couple of weeks ago, they said she might have six months. I thought I would have more time. I thought I could get through with what I thought were my tasks at hand and make my way to see her. My time ran out.
I will always regret that I was unable to see her before she passed, but I am consoled by the fact that she was surrounded by her loved ones.
We are all better people for knowing her and for having her in our lives.
If there indeed exists a heaven, then there's one less pair of wings going around, because one set is reserved for Rannie Yoo.