The 25th person to follow me on Steemit was @lauralemons. She provided me with encouragement, support, and a variety of deeply engaging conversations via comments, steemit chat, and of course, let's not forget about engaging, excellent, and raw posts.
She was an ideal steemian. I say was, because, regrettably, as we have been informed, she is no longer with us, after taking her own life. Today, we lost one of our finest.
We lost a steemian of pure dedication to the cause, and someone who genuinely loved this website.
I remember this exchange with her fondly:
It ended up with her making this comic of me:
No matter how shitty you feel, how low you feel, there is support out there. Laura's universe is now one with no pain. A place without pain is what we should all have. Her dark sense of humour was always something that I enjoyed, and I feel that this is apt:
(artwork by Laura)
Laura suffered from a disease which defined her life, as she spoke about often in her blog. I can't imagine the pain she went through each and every day.
I want Laura to be remembered and revered as a model steemian, and as I've said in the comments of more prominent personalities than myself in their own, separate tributes to Laura, I want us to come together as a community to have an ongoing, annual award in Laura's name; to go an artist once a year.
I'm talking a big award but I don't know how big, or how to do such a thing.