Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Four months before Olivia's death, Erick's sister was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.   She was only 34 years old at the time of the diagnosis.  Approximately 3 weeks prior to Olivia's death, the colon would be operated on so Erick and Olivia would go to the hospital to visit his sister, Olivia's aunt, who she looked so much alike.  I was worried that Olivia would be scared to see her aunt in a hospital bed with tubing, but she wasn't.

After their visit, Erick took Olivia  shopping for Ainsley's birthday present.  Her birthday would be on March 28th.  Olivia wanted to buy Ainsley a Sing-a-majig.  Later that day, they returned home with the present that sang "This Little Light of Mine".  It was adorable.  Olivia placed it in a gift bag and hid it underneath her bed.  Olivia and Hannah would later created a card to go along with the present.  She even used her own money to buy it for her  baby sister, who would be turning 2 in a few weeks.  Unfortunately, Olivia wouldn't be around to celebrate Ainsley's big day.

I'm writing about this because, my sister-in-law is going through a rough time with the cancer this month.  It breaks my heart to know that she is in pain and I'm sure she is scared to be going through this as a mother of 3 beautiful daughters.  I also feel for my mother-in-law who has to watch her oldest daughter go through the agony of cancer.  As a mother, I know first hand what it's like to watch a child suffer.

I am not writing this story for sympathy.  I only share this because it is a part of our story.

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