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March 25, 2014
I was not yet 3 months old when Carolyn was born. I have no memories of life without Carolyn, so I have some accepting and adjusting ahead of me. I will forever remember Carolyn as Pure, Loving, Smart and Courageous.

Carolyn was pure of heart, pure of soul and pure of spirit. The circumstances of her life were unfair, extremely unfair. She experienced life through a prism of extreme physical disadvantage but she was not bitter. Somehow she found an inner strength, extraordinary strength by any standard, to always see the glass half full. Her purity of heart, soul and spirit, unaffected by the severity of her affliction, gave her freedom: a freedom to overcome adversity, a freedom to reach her potential, a freedom to live a very positive and loving life.

Carolyn was very loving; her capacity for love had no bounds. She loved her parents unconditionally; she loved her uncles, cousins and extended family unconditionally. She kept track of all of us regardless of where we lived, how often she saw us or how often she talked to us. She stayed in touch by telephone, email and Face Book. Every email, FB post and telephone call to you was an expression of her love. She ended every telephone call with “I love you”. Carolyn's capacity for love was without conditions or limits.

Carolyn was smart. She started her education at a Catholic School in East Boston and moved on to the MA Hospital School for her high school diploma. But finishing high school, an achievement of great significance, was not enough for Carolyn. She, on her on initiative, got into Bunker Hill Community College. She got an Associate's degree but she was not done. Carolyn's intellectual potential demanded more, so she moved on. She was accepted into Boston University and got her Bachelor's degree. Carolyn's intellectual sharpness showed up in her FB posts and blogs. As a FB poster and internet blogger, Carolyn advocated for animal rights and against child abuse. She posted and blogged to advocate for the Genesis Foundation, which supports innovative clinical care and life enrichment programs for children with complex clinical disorders so that they can overcome adversity. And there is no better example of overcoming such adversity than Carolyn Victoria Wojcik.

Carolyn was Courageous, the most courageous person that has ever been part of my life. She knew life only from a vantage of sever disability. Her normal was anything but normal but that did not stop Carolyn from living a life of achievements, achievements that any of us would be proud of. Despite her condition, particularly near the end when she was in pain and couldn't get into her wheel chair, she fought with all she had to stay alive. She defeated infection after infection, overcame surgery after surgery on the strength of her will to live. No, no no---Carolyn would not give in to death because she had too much to live for. She had more blogs to write and more messages to post on FB. Carolyn's will to live was extraordinary but explainable---she did not want to leave her life because she wasn't finished advocating for children and animals. She did not want to leave her life because wasn't finished loving her family and extended family.

Carolyn is a profile in Purity and Courage and I will forever miss her.
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