On Friday Rebecca D Thames passed away after battling against pneumonia since October 2014.
Rebecca was someone who could have moaned about life being so unfair…but she did not.
She could have complained about having difficulties in working online…but she did not.
She could have been bitter that others had advantages that she had not…but she was not.
Instead she brought joy and happiness to the Traffic Exchange community and was always trying to help others whenever she could.
She was just 46 and spent almost all of her life in pain but this never stopped her smiling, thinking of others and spreading joy and love.
Rebecca was a regular at TELive, a friendly face in the traffic exchanges and she loved this community with a passion.
Her CTP profile was so telling about the way she lived her life. She wrote: “My favorite part about CTP is getting to know new folks” and she spread happiness to all of those new folks she got to know.
I never heard her say a bad word about anyone, instead she would freely pass on her knowledge and her experience to new people she met in traffic exchanges and build up relationships with people she had already gotten to know.
Tom Wacker said it best when, over the weekend, he described her as “the spirit of TELive” because she was exactly that.
Of her own illness she wrote about that in her CTP profile too; not to gain sympathy from others but because she thought that others would be too afraid to ask.
Rebecca, who was only 3ft tall, wrote: “I have a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (aka Brittle Bones) You can Google it or look up www.oif.org to learn more. My energy is often low but I try to make the most of it. I may not surf with the big-dogs but have fun with the little I do.
“I really enjoy the chats. Skype TELive chat has a lot going on plus the real TELive every weekday with Jon and Justin and Tim. They are so helpful and funny. hehe They really welcome you and try to help when you get confused.
“I hope you have a great experience with CTP now that you are here. If there’s anyway I can help, send me a note and I’ll do my best! Send me a pm and lets be friends!!.”
There is little wonder that the entire community feels a tremendous sense of loss this weekend. Rebecca was, and still is, an inspiration to us all.