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In Memoriam

Barbara "Cookie" Rothenberg

Saturday, Oct 11, 2003

The One and Only Cookie,
photo taken by Erin
Columbus CUSH meeting, Saturday, October 26, 2002

Read Cookie's Cushing's Poem

From the posts on the message boards:

My heartfelt prayers and sympathy goes out to Cookie's family, I never really had gotten to know Cookie Like many of you, but during a few chats, I saw how she helped many, answering questions, ect... and always willing to help out. My heart is sad to hear of her passing.

What I learned from Cookie was that she loved people and wanted to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from Cushing's. She touched many hearts, I know she touched mine....

Cookie was an inspiration to many of us. She gave her all for Cushing's awareness, and I will always remember that the last time I saw her, she was singing...
Shalom, my friend.

>p>Rest in peace, Dear Cookie. I know that right now you're organizing angels into working teams who will get heaven straightened out, with fun and laughter all the way. I guess G-d needs you now more than we do.

We'll miss you so much, Sweetie.

I was lucky to have gotten to meet Cookie. She is such a fun person and she could always cheer you up.

Cookie, gees, what can you say. She was dynamic, committed, determined, exasperating, poetic, driven, electric, comedic, funny, supportive, strong, loving, loved, and not to repeat, but a driving force in creating CUSH and helping those who needed it. She was wonderful with fundraising. She was involved in so many activies that were for the benefit of others. She has dealt with many challenges in her life and continued to passed the point that many could not.

She will be sorely missed by all who knew and knew of her.

She was just an incredible, delightful person. I really think this world is a little dimmer today without her light from within. I know a lot of us are missing her already. I remember talking to her about the upcoming conference and her enthuisiasm was contagious. I'm just so very, very sorry to hear she's passed. I hope her next life is one without pain, where she can sing and write poems to her heart's content. Cooke will be sorely missed.

My family and I met Cookie at the UVA Cushings Conference Fall 2002. She was so helpful and caring. She told my father, sister, and I her "Cushings Story." She was so, well, there is no better word to describe her, "bubbly." She was so happy to be there, teaching, learning, and helping with CUSH. She left an impression on my family and I. She had such a great personality. She was one of the very first "Cushies" I met...and she made me re-think my attitude about being sick. She was going through so much, yet she had such a wonderful attitude towards it all. She was amazing!

Cookie touched a lot of lives. I remember back on the "old board"--before any of us had met any of the others in real life--I would get these perky, cheerful and witty emails from Cookie. She had a signature that was some kind of rhyme including "Lookie, lookie,...Cookie." Her little dollop of cheer in my "inbox" always made me smile.

It is terrible to lose her. She has left such a legacy, though, that she will go on touching lives for many years to come.

I think this fits Cookie perfectly:

Some People ...
Some people come into our lives and quickly go
Some people move our souls to dance
They awaken us to new understanding
With the passing whisper of their wisdom
Some people make the sky more beautiful
To gaze upon
They stay in our lives for a while
Leave footprints in our hearts ...
And we are never the same

-- Anonymous

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