Twin Talents: Linda Lewis (left) and sister Leora Eisen, Late 80s / © Sharon Basaraba
Canadian readers knew her as a writer, the editor of Today's Parent magazine, and beginning in 2006, as the editor of the Canadian edition of More magazine. In recent months, Twitter followers and friends laughed and cried reading her posts @LindaOnLeukemia - her own take on LOL - focusing in her words, on "things that don't suck" in life and in treatment for cancer.
I knew Linda Lewis as the younger (by only minutes) identical twin of my long-term colleague and wonderful friend Leora Eisen. Both journalists, Linda and Leora sometimes collaborated, such as their interviewing director David Cronenberg on his film featuring Jeremy Irons in a dual role as identical twins. Later, they seemed to conspire closer to home as their pregnancies very nearly coincided - confusing nurses at the hospital where one sister was waiting, the other in active labour.
As a dedicated editor, mentor and cancer activist, Linda Lewis left her imprint on many readers, journalists, friends and followers. She also showed that leukemia can be fought with humour, candour and style. This "brutal disease", as she called it in her final post on June 28th, may suck, but Linda's unique insights offered laughter and warmth even in her final weeks.
Linda Lewis passed away in her Toronto home on July 22. My condolences to her close-knit family.
To read a tribute to Linda Lewis in the Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail, click here.