Usually when someone randomly crosses my mind it means one of three things. Either that person is going to get in touch with me soon or they have passed away or are sick. My mom worked with this woman named Lynne for almost 15 years and had grown pretty close to her. I knew her pretty well myself. Last year Lynne found out that she was sick with cancer. It was in her lungs and very rapidly began to spread to other regions of her body.
She decided to undergo chemo and radiation in hopes of slowing it down or stopping it all together. She fought hard and for a while and it was looking pretty good, like it was going to work. But it would get clear in one area and show up in another. She eventually quit work all together as the treatments made her really sick and really exhausted. Finally she came to terms with the fact that it wasn't going to go away and no matter what they did she would only get worse.
My mom called me 2 weeks ago and told me that Lynne was in the hospital and she had gone to see her and that she looked surprisingly good. Before my mom left she found out that the hospital was going to let her go home and have hospice come and take care of her. She essentially was going home to die. My mom asked me if I'd keep Lynne and her family in my prayers which I did and still do.
Last Tuesday afternoon I was downstairs doing laundry and out of the blue Lynne crossed my mind and I knew I needed to call my mom and see how she was doing. I had to wait a couple hours since my mom was still at work and we're 7 hours ahead here in Germany. My mom beat me to it and she called me which I was surprised because she should've been at work still. Something felt wrong and immediately I knew what happened. My mom said that she wanted to tell me that, and I finished the sentence for her by saying Lynne died today didn't she? My mom asked me how I knew and I told her that Lynne crossed my mind earlier out of nowhere and I just knew she was gone.
My mother knows that I have the ability to know when something is happening to a friend or loved one but even this took her by surprise. All I could do was listen to her cry and remind her that her friend was no longer in any pain and she was happy.