I follow(ed) a blog “Adventures of a Funky Heart“, written by Steve Catoe, an adult living with a congenital heart defect, where he lived his life with half a heart. Steve was the oldest survivor of this congenital heart defect. He had subsequent operations after but his parents were told he would not live for long. Steve lived until his forties.
He was a very dedicated blogger, and post religiously almost every day, long before this post a day challenge. He felt very strongly about educating the world about congenital heart defects. If there was some new information from the medical community about it, Steve knew.
Steve’s last post to his blog was November 28, 2010, and he passed away that night. As I have written about before, when a blogger stops suddenly writing it leaves you with so many scenarios to speculate about. Steve passed away that weekend, and I only found out by finding a random post about him yesterday.
I never knew Steve personally, but I did comment on occasion on his posts and once did write to him and he answered. His blog was his life, and so I felt as if I knew him, and I was truly saddened to learn he died. I felt he died when his blog suddenly stopped, but now that I know, I feel like I lost a friend.
The thing about following blogs written by people with chronic illnesses or genetic defects is that there is a greater chance that the blogger may pass away suddenly with no further posts from them. I guess you just have must be prepared for that.
In any case, I am a little late, but I do extend my deepest sympathies to Steve’s family and friends, and to all of us that followed his blog, we really lost a great blogger. Rest in peace Steve, you surely deserve it, and no tripping over luggage when you get to heaven!
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