A beautiful little girl
So strong and bold
Fought so hard to maintain her hold.
Such vibrancy of life.
In her time
Than many ever do.
This is the toughest time I've ever had in writing something. Little Emma was diagnosed with a cancer called neuroblastoma in 2010-2011. Her parents are good friends of mine and she was also my patient. She went through way too much hell for such a small child, but was eventually deemed clear of cancer. However she had a recurrence and went through more treatments over the past year. This morning I found out that she lost her battle and frankly don't quite know how to deal with the feelings I'm having. I just can't imagine how her parents and brother feel. Watching all of the trips (some for fun and some for treatments) she took; the events she took part in; the people she met; the love that she received from family and friends...has been amazing to me. I'm deadened and saddened by this news. But also I am reminded of how brief all of our time is here on this crazy world and how we need to enjoy the little things and make time for the big ones too. There is still hope for all of us. Please send out your prayers, good vibes, or whatever to Emma's family. Give your spouse or children a huge hug. Do something special for your loved ones or even just for yourself.
My wife, Sj just posted a blog entry for a book club today prior to us finding out about this. Interestingly and perhaps uncannily her jewelry designs embraced this sentiment with both of her pieces incorporating the words Carpe Diem into them.