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February 28, 2011

I fear that word.

Unfortunately, I have known and loved too many people who have had cancer, suffered through cancer, beaten cancer and lost to cancer. Here is another story of a woman I know…fellow blogger, awesome photographer and regular old mom:

The House of Koop

Once there was a girl.

With a blog.

You know the kind.  The kind with the pretty pictures and the pretty words. The kind that you put on your RSS feed so you don’t miss out on the next post.

The kind that lets you in to her world and sucks you in so far you feel like you know her.  Yes, you know her.  You know her because she’s in every one of us.

She’s your mother and your sister.  She’s your silver and your gold.

She’s the loyal wife, the doting mama, and on her lucky days, she’s an artist.

Capturing details, memories and moments to be treasured.

Well today, this girl is none of these things.

Today she is a widow.

Today she pulls her hair back into that familiar ponytail, fingers wrapped around that ever present cup of coffee, and stares in the direction of where he used to sit.  Where he used to sit, all day, every day, fighting a losing battle called cancer.  Yes, you know her, even if you don’t really know her.

Her name is Valerie Koop.

This is not a story of pity, but a story of courage and strength.

A story of friendship and community that binds us all.

So many amazing souls wanting to reach out, but not knowing how.

Well, there is one way to help.




Valerie Koop is a photographer and blogger. Her blog is the beautiful story of her life, even when cancer is a part of it. Numerous photographers, crafters, bloggers are joining with Matlida Jane to do an auction in her benefit. You may find something you like, something you need or something you want to give as a gift. Or, you may just find the story of an amazingly strong woman who will inspire you.

Find the auction here.


*I did not write “The House of Koop” story.

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 28, 2011 21:47

    Just clicked over to her blog…heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine what she is going through. Thank you for telling me about her blog..she and her children are in my prayers tonight.

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