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Born:May 6, 1987
Died:June 12, 2004

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Vanessa overcame many hardships in her lifetime, such as anorexia and manic depression. On June 12th, 2004 I lost a very good friend of mine because she took her own life. I miss her so much. I want everyone to remember her life and to learn from how it was ended. When I went to her funeral, so many people had attended that there was hardly a seat left.  So many people loved her, I don't think she ever realized how many people cared.  Remember that even if you think that nobody cares, to someone you mean the world.  Never try to count how many people care because you'll always forget someone. Don't let us forget Vanessa's life. 
(Here is a poem that was read at Vanessa's funeral).
May you always walk in the sunshine
And may God's love around you flow
For the happiness you gave me,
No one will ever know
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone
A part of me went with you,
The day God called you home
A million times I've needed you,
A million times I've cried
If only love could have saved you
You never would have died.

(Here is another poem that was in the cards handed out at her funeral).
Don't think of her as gone away
Her journey's just begun,
Life holds so many facets
The earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think of how she must be wishing
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.
And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she was loved so much.

Vanessa will forever go on in the hearts of those who loved her. She is greatly missed.
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