I appreciate other members looking out for me while off-line...and thanks to Rebelgirl for bringing the thread to my attention while I was at work.
I was kind of hoping not to post here but could not resist. Michele was my sister and last Feb (little over a year ago), she took her own life. She was friends with some members of AD, and from what I've been told, she was very well liked and got along with everyone. She was technically my foster sister and not by blood, although we did have the same tribal affiliations. I had many foster parents, brothers, sisters, etc...but she is the one I most adored and was closest to. In fact, she is the only one I remained close to and truly considered her my 'sis'. She is missed greatly not only by me but the many friends she left behind. She had a way of touching people deeply..even in brief encounters.
Michele suffered from a mental illness that she had a difficult time controlling. She fought through it for a number of years but struggled greatly before her death. If you or anyone here has questions, please feel free to post them or ask me via PM. Her death was tragic but was never really discussed here at AD as many people were afraid it would bother me.