I first met Diana Winchester in 1997. She was a senior studying art in the Columbus State University department of art. And she was holding her senior exhibit.
Diana was tall and she was very chatty. She quickly told me she had had breast cancer in 1992 but was going to celebrate her 40th birthday and her cancer was in remission.
Several years later, I saw her and she was bald. The cancer had come back. She fought it and it went into remission.
The last time I saw her, she was once again bald. The cancer had returned.
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When she first lost her hair, she told me she never liked wearing wigs or scarves.
"I wore big earrings. I thought big earrings made up for a bald head." It didn't she said.
Through it all, she was a single mother with three beautiful children, and taught special education at Cusseta Road Elementary School and Wynnton Elementary School.
Tuesday, this beautiful and courageous woman passed away. She was just 54.
There's a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at McMullen Funeral Home.
I hope her friends from the art department and her students get a chance to say good-bye.