Debbie Jin found time during her illness this year to mentor me through my own cancer treatment. For a few months, we were girlfriends, but instead of talking about physics or our husbands, we talked about cancer and how best to deal with the demands of chemo and other treatments. We took lovely walks and just lived life.
When I was scared about my third chemo infusion because of worsening neuropathy, Debbie came and sat with me through the whole thing. This was an astonishing act of kindness I will never forget.
I have known and respected Debbie professionally at JILA for 12 years. Over the past months, I also came to love her. Debbie Jin was one of the finest people I’ve ever known.