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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Josh truly was an unbelievable person. He accomplished more in his 31 years than most people do in a lifetime. I can list the things we all know about, like writing a book, getting his Masters, and organizing an awesome football tournament to raise money for DMD. But I think that Josh’s greatest accomplishment was just being him. He brought joy and love to so many people. He taught us how to see the good in every one, even if you have to look extra hard. He showed us how to fight against something that seemed unbeatable, which is apparent when listening to his favorite song, “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel. Josh wrote in his blog “The lyrics seem to speak to the inner boxer in all of us, still fighting the good fight when everyone else thinks you're down for the count.” And what a fight he put up…he was with us for 31 years! That’s amazing!! That is a true accomplishment!
Josh was always worried about everyone else, despite his own problems. One comment that Josh made to me just last week will always stay with me. We were talking about my upcoming wedding in July and he said “I don’t know Sar, July seems like a long ways away.” He then told me, “I hope you’re not upset with me if I can’t make it.” It amazed me that his first thought would be of my feelings, but that’s just how Josh was. And that’s why we all loved him so much!
There’s no easy way to say goodbye to someone you love so much, but I don’t think we have to. I know that Josh is always going to be with us, he just may have a different view.
There’s a quote in a song that I feel truly puts into words how I feel about Josh and it goes like this: "It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime so let me say before we part: So much of me is made of what I learned from you. You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart. And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend."
I know that all of our stories have been rewritten because of Josh. I miss you, love you, and will never forget you…
-- Sarah Redelheim (Josh's long time friend)