What was Barbara to me.
I joined TuD about 5 years ago while researching the pod pump, but started in the chat room a little under 2 years ago. After a week or so, without having looked at the admin team, I realized "This pup lady is something special!" Boy, that's the understatement of the year.
After several weeks I had gotten to know her. She is arguably one of the most important people I have met, for me at least. One of the few people who "got" my coffee fanaticism :)
Barb had a unique ability to separate her emotions from facts, and portray that in a very kind, yet direct way. I remember several diabetes "emergencies" (well, some of them WERE emergencies!) and she was so strong for people. She never condescended people, but rather embraced them. She had a special soft spot for the underprivileged, the hurting, the weak, and the defeated. She helped me through many personal struggles, and just hearing her voice on the phone calmed me down. She brought peace to everyone she touched.
However, she had a WICKED sense of humor, and a wit that BIT! ;) But, as per the Barbara way, never did it in a backstabbing kind of way.
This is very difficult for me. Its amazing how someone Ive known for such a short period of time can touch me the way she did. I, for one, will carry her spirit and her legacy on by thinking twice before speaking, try to not turn a blind eye to the hurting, and embrace everyone I meet with compassion and understanding.
It's what Barb would do, afterall.