Dive 299: In Tribute to My Friend Ivy

Dear Critters,

Yesterday morning, my dive buddies and I entered the waters of Flinders Pier at 10:30am, the precise moment at which my dear friend Ivy took her final breath on this earth after her long, incredibly brave and inspiring battle with cancer.

Ivy and I were first introduced by a mutual friend so that we might encourage each other on our journeys with cancer. We had a long phone conversation before I finally had the privilege of inviting Ivy and her amazing husband Chin to my home. As a gift, they brought me two aloe vera plants – known for their healing properties – which I have watered each day, always thinking of Ivy and whispering prayers of strength and support for her on her journey.

I have never known anyone who has fought this battle with such determination and courage as Ivy. SheΒ was one of the sweetest, strongest, most positive, tenacious and real people I have ever known. Ivy never gave up hope that she might somehow find a way to spend more time with her loved ones, and as a woman of great faith she was surrounded by their love as she passed peacefully from this life into the next.

It was my deep privilege to have known Ivy and to have been blessed, encouraged and inspired by her presence on this earth. To me, she personified the speech attributed to Winston Churchill: ‘Never Give Up. Never Give Up. Never Give Up.’ Ivy NEVER gave up, and I have decided that I won’t either.

As I move into 2015 – the year which my oncologists have predicted may well be my last – I know that releasing my hold on life prematurely and lying down to die in defeat is just not an option. Life is simply too wonderful to contemplate giving up and letting go on the basis of an essentially one-size-fits-all prognosis. Yes, my time will come as it did for Ivy and as it will for all humanity. But like Ivy, I will live each moment of my life with a passionate, joy-filled vengeance. When my time comes, my spirit will remain strong, and like Ivy, I will move into my next life without fear and in absolute victory, undefeated by all of the challenges that will present themselves along the way.

My sincere thanks as always to my buddy LP for taking me on this blissfully sun-shiny underwater adventure. And enormous gratitude to his beautiful wife Julie Bear for insisting that I take her camera for this dive when mine could not be used; this enabled me to make this short tribute film at the precise moment when this beautiful lady left the suffering and joys of this life to enter the greater joys of the next.

Tank you Ivy for being a truly amazing, inspirational presence in my life and in the lives of all who knew you. You are loved and you will be missed. My heartfelt prayers of comfort and peace for your precious family.


Neverending love and eternal bubbles,

PT xxx

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18 thoughts on “Dive 299: In Tribute to My Friend Ivy

  1. Truly beautiful words and heartfelt sentiments.
    I honestly felt humbled to read them and have so much respect for everyone involved; and for the individual parts each of you have so courageously played in the life of such a dear friend sadly lost to cancer.
    I loved the tribute you undertook and what you all did at the exact time of her passing just seemed so the right way to celebrate her spirit?
    There are some inspirational individuals out there with whom we are occasionally privileged enough to get to share this journey we call life. Your friend Ivy was most definitely one such person.
    You PT also have this gift; and it resonates in the words you readily share with others who are going through circumstances similar to yourself.
    Be reassured that your friend Ivy remains close by and will always provide you with the strength and courage to fulfill your own pathway.
    She has passed safe in the knowledge that through her immediate family and true friends such as yourself her memory will live on as each of you help maintain and positively promote the wonderful warmth and qualities you all so admired in her.
    It sounds to me like you have already picked up the baton she left you and are determined that Ivy will live on through you and your admirable determination.
    God bless and sorry to hear of your loss

    • Tank you so much for your kind words, Bob. I am humbled and encouraged by your words. While I am very sad for Ivy’s precious family, I am relieved that her suffering is no more. I am so grateful for each person whose life intersects with mine (Ivy’s, yours, and so many others), and each one leaves the indelible fingerprint of that interaction on the fabric of my mind and heart. God bless you for being one of those who takes the time to encourage and reflect and for the generosity of your thoughts and words. May peace be yours today and always. Love and bubbles, PT πŸ™‚

      • You are most welcome my friend. You remain an true inspiration and a real joy in my life; and I am so pleased our paths crossed in this way.
        Happy New Year
        Bob x

      • Happy new year, friend. May magnificent images unfold endlessly before your eyes and lens in 2015 😊😊😊

  2. So sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Ivy. You have such a beautiful way of putting feelings into words. A true tribute to her spirit.

    • Tank you so much, Paula. Ivy was such an amazing lady and it was my absolute privilege to have travelled a short part of our journeys together xxx

    • Tank you as always for your kind words, Maria. May your new year be filled with much joy and many blessings. Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  3. PT,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Ivy and at the precise time that you went underwater. God has His timing and He sees the beginning and the end and He orchestrates those who will allow Him into their lives. Your tribute to her brings tears to my eyes as you show me how all of my friends are in my computer. I count you as one of those and I pray that you are to defy the doctor’s prognosis as God and you decide when you will give up your spirit. You will not release it and therefore, you shall continue on and fight that good fight, allowing God to strengthen you and keep you diving and sharing His beauty undersea with the rest of us. You are precious in His sight and you are precious to so many, including me.

    God’s richest blessings,
    Rhonda Radandt U.S.A.

    • Tank you so much for your ever-encouraging words, Rhonda πŸ˜€ It is a delight to have met you through WordPress and to receive your words of courage and strength once again. May you have a truly wonderful week, full of every joy and blessing. Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      • My dear friend PT,
        It is a delight to have met you through WodPress! πŸ™‚
        I truly live vicariously through you as you dive and share all of the wonder that God had created You are such a blessing to more than too will ever know in this life, PT, and I feel compelled to share with others what you have shared with those in my circles!
        With much love and all of His blessings,
        Rhonda aka nanarhonda
        Founder/Webservant LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH Ministries

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