I think I've put this off for enough time already. I wanted to say something about Alie, for those who knew her and for those who didn't, and I think I know what I want to say.
For those who didn't know her, I'm talking about Whisperwings.
She had problems with her liver for at least a year, I think, and last December she was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. Last Monday, February 17, she passed away.
I was shocked when she first told us about her cancer; I've kept her in my daily thoughts ever since and I was devastated when I checked my Tumblr on Monday and read the message her family posted. I can't call myself one of Alie's best online friends, because I know there are a lot of other people who were closer to her and who must be feeling worse than I do. If you're one of them and you're reading this, I'm very sorry for your loss
What I do know is that Alie was one of the first people I met here on dA. She was one of the first people who joined Ron-x-Hermione
, and who was always eager to offer whatever she could do to help me out with it: art for contests, points for a group upgrade, features, help managing it. And she did the same with any other group she was passionate about. She was a really cheerful, kind and lovely girl, and she will be sorely missed. I think I'm short of words here, but that's all I can manage for now.
If you want to read her final words, you can do so here
. Her final words are, of course, sad, because they are indeed her final
words, but in a way, they are also beautiful and comforting. Alie has been an inspiration, and I hope her story and her art can keep inspiring other people as well.
So, if you didn't know her, now you do. Bye Alie, we'll see you around in your beautiful legacy.