November is National Blog Posting Month, and in celebration we would like to recognize and honor a member of the MFP Social Media team who recently passed: Joanna Lagedrost. As the MFP blog lead, her sharp intellect and mastery with words made for compelling blog posts that provided insight into our company and highlighted key industry information. She fully embraced her role on the team, and was a willing collaborator on any and every project sent her way.
Although the loss of her presence as a team member is felt deeply, it is her absence in our lives that is most devastating. Her bright smile, unyielding loyalty, and feisty spirit made her a wonderful friend and an unforgettable presence. Joanna, who was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at ten years old, was tenacious in her battle with her disease, and fought fiercely with her service dog, Natalie, at her side. During a Social Media Team lunch a few months ago, she had the entire table laughing over some of her adventures with Natalie. Regardless of the struggles she faced, Joanna lived her life to the fullest, attending Notre Dame – her alma mater – football games, writing for the South Bend Tribune, laughing with lifelong friends over a meal, and spending countless hours with her close knit family. Joanna’s written words are a testament to her talent as a writer, blogger, intellectual, and influencer. She shined bright in life, and her words live on.
In a couple of days it will be Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of the holiday, we are so grateful for our time spent with Joanna and the memories we have of and with her. She is missed immensely, but the lasting impact she had on our lives is cherished.
Friedreich’s Ataxia is a progressive neuromuscular disease that affects those with the specific gene. If you would like to learn more about Friedreich’s Ataxia or feel compelled to donate to honor Joanna’s life, please click here.
Joanna was blessed to have a loyal companion in her service dog, Natalie. Canine Companions for Independence trains and provides assistance dogs to those in need free of charge. To learn more and to support this organization’s amazing mission, please click here.