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Nichole Cilley
Nichole Cilley
I haven't seen Jill since she was a little girl, but as I look at her photos I see she still has that bright beautiful smile I remember. 
I just read Mary's letter and Kathy's speech.  Thank you Mary and Kathy for sharing your beautiful words of love and memories of Jill with us.  I am amazed that you were able to see through your own pain to share with us your loving and private thoughts of Jill.  She truly was something special and a once in a lifetime soul whose journey here had immense purpose and forever changed those she passed.
We go about our day to day lives blind to the beauty and grace of God in the little things: the way the sun casts a dusky glow in the early morning hours, the white stripe in a black rock, the quick scamper of a squirrel, the rain drops in a puddle, the big smile of a child; and then God sends a message so strong and so bright that we can't possibly ignore. 

Jill was His gift and message to us all.

With much love,
Nichole Cilley
Charmaine Atkenson Crane
Charmaine Atkenson Crane
I first learned of Jill because I, just like Jill, a never smoker was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and have a site on caring bridge.  As I read Jill's updates I thought, 'she's a miracle girl just like me'.  Jill was a miracle girl AND SHE STILL IS A MIRACLE GIRL.  

When I first clicked on the link and saw the date June 24th, I immediately thought of the Feast of St. John the Baptist.   He prepared the way of the Lord for all of us nearly 2000 years ago; and Jill, in her indomitable and beautiful way, helped prepare His way for the many who knew and loved her. . . and who know and love her still.   
Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor
I did not know Jill personally, I was made aware of her battle through my sister who is a good friend of Bryce's family.  After following Jill's story for the last several months, I was very sad the day I heard of her passing and I feel compelled to tell you that Jill's courage, spirit, faith and love of life will effect me for the rest of my life. 
Kristy Andrews
Kristy Andrews
I think of Jill often, and earlier today I saw one of the first messages we shared via Facebook.  I also came across a message from Jill that kept me lifted during Justin's relapse. I pasted them below to help keep her spirit alive, and they speak volumes of her kind soul.  I'll surely miss her sweet words of encourgagement.

October 3, 2009

Hi Kristy,

Thanks so much for writing me back. I, too, know that it was fate that I came across your story. I was lying in bed last night (after my second round of CT and PET scans yesterday) and couldn't sleep. I started googling "stage iv lung cancer survivor stories" on my iphone because I needed to fall asleep with some good thoughts! After I found your CaringBridge site I read many of the journals and was filled with hope.

There is only one way that I can make sense of why such horrible things happen to such good people. It must be that God can only choose the strongest and bravest to serve as examples of faith and inspire others to live their own lives with pure love and faith. Knowing that, I am able to stay positive and believe in my miracle. I am thankful that I have been healed and celebrate it every day by living the best life I can!

I am so glad that fate has brought us together. Enjoy your blessed life and beautiful family. You will be in my thoughts often.

All my love,
Jill

**********

January 27, 2010

Hi Kristy,

I'm not sure if I was subconsciously aware that Justin had scans today, but last night all 3 of you were in my dreams!! We were at this beautiful vacation house, that's all I can really remember. But it was peaceful and serene. Maybe it was God trying to keep us all calm today- you for your scans, and me for my chemo. I see that Justin's results were not exactly what you wished for, but keep sending those positive vibes out and they WILL return to you in the form of perfect health for your family. I had a semi-scary allergic reaction during chemo today that sent me into a coughing fit, but luckily they were able to control it with some benedryl. Again, we just have to stay calm throughout this journey and find the voice of God around us. Some day we can all get together at that nice vacation home (FOR REAL!) when cancer is beaten and done FOR GOOD! That will be the day!

Know that I am thinking of all of you often and always in my prayers.

Lots of love,
Jill

- Enjoy the vacation house, Jill - we'll join you there eventually!
Yvette Ripoli
Yvette Ripoli
Thank you Costello family for sharing your wonderful words about Jill.  I did not know her presonally but I knew her through Caring Bridge.  I'm a crew mom from St. Mary's who heard of Jill's diagnosis through my daughter.  As a cancer survivor myself, I feel it is part of my ministry to connect and offer support to others battling this horrible disease.  During the past year I have smiled at Jill's antics, cried with her struggles and marveled at her tenacity.  She was a gift to you and to many others.  My prayers are with you now, as they have been this past year, and I know Jill spirit soars and will sustain you in these difficult times.
Francesca Fenili
Francesca Fenili
To the family and friends of Jill,

I did not personally know Jill, but surely we passed each other in the hallways of SI or at school events. I started reading about Jill's story a week before her passing after seeing a post on the SI Facebook Fanpage. Her story and her message were beautiful and there is no doubt in my mind that she has left this world a better place than it was before. She is truly an inspiration to us all and a wonderful example of how to truly life your life to the fullest.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this hard time.
 
Annabelle Buckner
Annabelle Buckner
To Jill's family and dear friends,
I am a 33 year old non smoking, Stage 4 lung cancer patient that was directed to Jill's caringbridge site by a friend.  Jill and I went through many of the same treatments and reading her blog was such an inspiration to me.   Her poise, strength and courage has helped me continue my journey.   I will pray for all of you and know that she will continue to be an inspiration to all of us fighting this disease.

 
Deirdre McLoughlin
Deirdre McLoughlin
Hi Mary and Jim,
For whatever reason, I have been thinking of dear Jill all day today- had a funny dream about her in the dawn hours...when I often would think of her while out on the water- in the sunrise in marin...
Now, thinking of both of you today...
know that SO many of us keep your girl in our thoughts and prayers each day....wishing you peace and even a laugh or two about Jill and her beautiful soul.
much love-
deirdre, liz, kathleen and james
Stephanie Hextrum Stephanie Hextrum
Stephanie Hextrum Stephanie Hextrum
From the Hextrum Famil (Stephanie & Kirsten),

When Vian Cafaro asked that I thank Jack Clark and Jerry Figone for bringing the Cal Men's Rugby Team this is the response I received from Jack:

"Stef,

We had to attend.  In so many ways Jill epitomized what we've been aspiring to become.  When we lost Joe (Roth) in 1976, I didn't understand as much as I do now." - Jack 
Charmaine Atkenson Crane
Charmaine Atkenson Crane
I first learned of Jill because I, just like Jill, a never smoker was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and have a site on caring bridge.  As I read Jill's updates I thought, 'she's a miracle girl just like me'.  Jill was a miracle girl AND SHE STILL IS A MIRACLE GIRL.  

When I first clicked on the link and saw the date June 24th, I immediately thought of the Feast of St. John the Baptist.   He prepared the way of the Lord for all of us nearly 2000 years ago; and Jill, in her indomitable and beautiful way, helped prepare His way for the many who knew and loved her. . . and who know and love her still.   
Kristy Andrews
Kristy Andrews
I think of Jill often, and earlier today I saw one of the first messages we shared via Facebook.  I also came across a message from Jill that kept me lifted during Justin's relapse. I pasted them below to help keep her spirit alive, and they speak volumes of her kind soul.  I'll surely miss her sweet words of encourgagement.

October 3, 2009

Hi Kristy,

Thanks so much for writing me back. I, too, know that it was fate that I came across your story. I was lying in bed last night (after my second round of CT and PET scans yesterday) and couldn't sleep. I started googling "stage iv lung cancer survivor stories" on my iphone because I needed to fall asleep with some good thoughts! After I found your CaringBridge site I read many of the journals and was filled with hope.

There is only one way that I can make sense of why such horrible things happen to such good people. It must be that God can only choose the strongest and bravest to serve as examples of faith and inspire others to live their own lives with pure love and faith. Knowing that, I am able to stay positive and believe in my miracle. I am thankful that I have been healed and celebrate it every day by living the best life I can!

I am so glad that fate has brought us together. Enjoy your blessed life and beautiful family. You will be in my thoughts often.

All my love,
Jill

**********

January 27, 2010

Hi Kristy,

I'm not sure if I was subconsciously aware that Justin had scans today, but last night all 3 of you were in my dreams!! We were at this beautiful vacation house, that's all I can really remember. But it was peaceful and serene. Maybe it was God trying to keep us all calm today- you for your scans, and me for my chemo. I see that Justin's results were not exactly what you wished for, but keep sending those positive vibes out and they WILL return to you in the form of perfect health for your family. I had a semi-scary allergic reaction during chemo today that sent me into a coughing fit, but luckily they were able to control it with some benedryl. Again, we just have to stay calm throughout this journey and find the voice of God around us. Some day we can all get together at that nice vacation home (FOR REAL!) when cancer is beaten and done FOR GOOD! That will be the day!

Know that I am thinking of all of you often and always in my prayers.

Lots of love,
Jill

- Enjoy the vacation house, Jill - we'll join you there eventually!
Annabelle Buckner
Annabelle Buckner
To Jill's family and dear friends,
I am a 33 year old non smoking, Stage 4 lung cancer patient that was directed to Jill's caringbridge site by a friend.  Jill and I went through many of the same treatments and reading her blog was such an inspiration to me.   Her poise, strength and courage has helped me continue my journey.   I will pray for all of you and know that she will continue to be an inspiration to all of us fighting this disease.

 
Nichole Cilley
Nichole Cilley
I haven't seen Jill since she was a little girl, but as I look at her photos I see she still has that bright beautiful smile I remember. 
I just read Mary's letter and Kathy's speech.  Thank you Mary and Kathy for sharing your beautiful words of love and memories of Jill with us.  I am amazed that you were able to see through your own pain to share with us your loving and private thoughts of Jill.  She truly was something special and a once in a lifetime soul whose journey here had immense purpose and forever changed those she passed.
We go about our day to day lives blind to the beauty and grace of God in the little things: the way the sun casts a dusky glow in the early morning hours, the white stripe in a black rock, the quick scamper of a squirrel, the rain drops in a puddle, the big smile of a child; and then God sends a message so strong and so bright that we can't possibly ignore. 

Jill was His gift and message to us all.

With much love,
Nichole Cilley
Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor
I did not know Jill personally, I was made aware of her battle through my sister who is a good friend of Bryce's family.  After following Jill's story for the last several months, I was very sad the day I heard of her passing and I feel compelled to tell you that Jill's courage, spirit, faith and love of life will effect me for the rest of my life. 
Yvette Ripoli
Yvette Ripoli
Thank you Costello family for sharing your wonderful words about Jill.  I did not know her presonally but I knew her through Caring Bridge.  I'm a crew mom from St. Mary's who heard of Jill's diagnosis through my daughter.  As a cancer survivor myself, I feel it is part of my ministry to connect and offer support to others battling this horrible disease.  During the past year I have smiled at Jill's antics, cried with her struggles and marveled at her tenacity.  She was a gift to you and to many others.  My prayers are with you now, as they have been this past year, and I know Jill spirit soars and will sustain you in these difficult times.
Francesca Fenili
Francesca Fenili
To the family and friends of Jill,

I did not personally know Jill, but surely we passed each other in the hallways of SI or at school events. I started reading about Jill's story a week before her passing after seeing a post on the SI Facebook Fanpage. Her story and her message were beautiful and there is no doubt in my mind that she has left this world a better place than it was before. She is truly an inspiration to us all and a wonderful example of how to truly life your life to the fullest.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this hard time.
 
Deirdre McLoughlin
Deirdre McLoughlin
Hi Mary and Jim,
For whatever reason, I have been thinking of dear Jill all day today- had a funny dream about her in the dawn hours...when I often would think of her while out on the water- in the sunrise in marin...
Now, thinking of both of you today...
know that SO many of us keep your girl in our thoughts and prayers each day....wishing you peace and even a laugh or two about Jill and her beautiful soul.
much love-
deirdre, liz, kathleen and james
Stephanie Hextrum Stephanie Hextrum
Stephanie Hextrum Stephanie Hextrum
From the Hextrum Famil (Stephanie & Kirsten),

When Vian Cafaro asked that I thank Jack Clark and Jerry Figone for bringing the Cal Men's Rugby Team this is the response I received from Jack:

"Stef,

We had to attend.  In so many ways Jill epitomized what we've been aspiring to become.  When we lost Joe (Roth) in 1976, I didn't understand as much as I do now." - Jack 
Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor
I did not know Jill personally, I was made aware of her battle through my sister who is a good friend of Bryce's family.  After following Jill's story for the last several months, I was very sad the day I heard of her passing and I feel compelled to tell you that Jill's courage, spirit, faith and love of life will effect me for the rest of my life. 
Francesca Fenili
Francesca Fenili
To the family and friends of Jill,

I did not personally know Jill, but surely we passed each other in the hallways of SI or at school events. I started reading about Jill's story a week before her passing after seeing a post on the SI Facebook Fanpage. Her story and her message were beautiful and there is no doubt in my mind that she has left this world a better place than it was before. She is truly an inspiration to us all and a wonderful example of how to truly life your life to the fullest.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this hard time.
 
Stephanie Hextrum Stephanie Hextrum
Stephanie Hextrum Stephanie Hextrum
From the Hextrum Famil (Stephanie & Kirsten),

When Vian Cafaro asked that I thank Jack Clark and Jerry Figone for bringing the Cal Men's Rugby Team this is the response I received from Jack:

"Stef,

We had to attend.  In so many ways Jill epitomized what we've been aspiring to become.  When we lost Joe (Roth) in 1976, I didn't understand as much as I do now." - Jack 
Nichole Cilley
Nichole Cilley
I haven't seen Jill since she was a little girl, but as I look at her photos I see she still has that bright beautiful smile I remember. 
I just read Mary's letter and Kathy's speech.  Thank you Mary and Kathy for sharing your beautiful words of love and memories of Jill with us.  I am amazed that you were able to see through your own pain to share with us your loving and private thoughts of Jill.  She truly was something special and a once in a lifetime soul whose journey here had immense purpose and forever changed those she passed.
We go about our day to day lives blind to the beauty and grace of God in the little things: the way the sun casts a dusky glow in the early morning hours, the white stripe in a black rock, the quick scamper of a squirrel, the rain drops in a puddle, the big smile of a child; and then God sends a message so strong and so bright that we can't possibly ignore. 

Jill was His gift and message to us all.

With much love,
Nichole Cilley
Kristy Andrews
Kristy Andrews
I think of Jill often, and earlier today I saw one of the first messages we shared via Facebook.  I also came across a message from Jill that kept me lifted during Justin's relapse. I pasted them below to help keep her spirit alive, and they speak volumes of her kind soul.  I'll surely miss her sweet words of encourgagement.

October 3, 2009

Hi Kristy,

Thanks so much for writing me back. I, too, know that it was fate that I came across your story. I was lying in bed last night (after my second round of CT and PET scans yesterday) and couldn't sleep. I started googling "stage iv lung cancer survivor stories" on my iphone because I needed to fall asleep with some good thoughts! After I found your CaringBridge site I read many of the journals and was filled with hope.

There is only one way that I can make sense of why such horrible things happen to such good people. It must be that God can only choose the strongest and bravest to serve as examples of faith and inspire others to live their own lives with pure love and faith. Knowing that, I am able to stay positive and believe in my miracle. I am thankful that I have been healed and celebrate it every day by living the best life I can!

I am so glad that fate has brought us together. Enjoy your blessed life and beautiful family. You will be in my thoughts often.

All my love,
Jill

**********

January 27, 2010

Hi Kristy,

I'm not sure if I was subconsciously aware that Justin had scans today, but last night all 3 of you were in my dreams!! We were at this beautiful vacation house, that's all I can really remember. But it was peaceful and serene. Maybe it was God trying to keep us all calm today- you for your scans, and me for my chemo. I see that Justin's results were not exactly what you wished for, but keep sending those positive vibes out and they WILL return to you in the form of perfect health for your family. I had a semi-scary allergic reaction during chemo today that sent me into a coughing fit, but luckily they were able to control it with some benedryl. Again, we just have to stay calm throughout this journey and find the voice of God around us. Some day we can all get together at that nice vacation home (FOR REAL!) when cancer is beaten and done FOR GOOD! That will be the day!

Know that I am thinking of all of you often and always in my prayers.

Lots of love,
Jill

- Enjoy the vacation house, Jill - we'll join you there eventually!
Yvette Ripoli
Yvette Ripoli
Thank you Costello family for sharing your wonderful words about Jill.  I did not know her presonally but I knew her through Caring Bridge.  I'm a crew mom from St. Mary's who heard of Jill's diagnosis through my daughter.  As a cancer survivor myself, I feel it is part of my ministry to connect and offer support to others battling this horrible disease.  During the past year I have smiled at Jill's antics, cried with her struggles and marveled at her tenacity.  She was a gift to you and to many others.  My prayers are with you now, as they have been this past year, and I know Jill spirit soars and will sustain you in these difficult times.
Annabelle Buckner
Annabelle Buckner
To Jill's family and dear friends,
I am a 33 year old non smoking, Stage 4 lung cancer patient that was directed to Jill's caringbridge site by a friend.  Jill and I went through many of the same treatments and reading her blog was such an inspiration to me.   Her poise, strength and courage has helped me continue my journey.   I will pray for all of you and know that she will continue to be an inspiration to all of us fighting this disease.

 
Deirdre McLoughlin
Deirdre McLoughlin
Hi Mary and Jim,
For whatever reason, I have been thinking of dear Jill all day today- had a funny dream about her in the dawn hours...when I often would think of her while out on the water- in the sunrise in marin...
Now, thinking of both of you today...
know that SO many of us keep your girl in our thoughts and prayers each day....wishing you peace and even a laugh or two about Jill and her beautiful soul.
much love-
deirdre, liz, kathleen and james
Charmaine Atkenson Crane
Charmaine Atkenson Crane
I first learned of Jill because I, just like Jill, a never smoker was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and have a site on caring bridge.  As I read Jill's updates I thought, 'she's a miracle girl just like me'.  Jill was a miracle girl AND SHE STILL IS A MIRACLE GIRL.  

When I first clicked on the link and saw the date June 24th, I immediately thought of the Feast of St. John the Baptist.   He prepared the way of the Lord for all of us nearly 2000 years ago; and Jill, in her indomitable and beautiful way, helped prepare His way for the many who knew and loved her. . . and who know and love her still.