Friday, January 12, 2007

It saddens my heart...

Some of you may remember me blogging about a girl who lost her four-year-long battle with neuroblastoma. Her name was Christi Thomas. Christi's website links to other sites of kids who are fighting, or have lost their fight, to this nasty monster of a disease.

One such person is Penelope London. Penelope was diagnosed at the tender age of 16 months with Stage IV NB. She and Christi treated together at times in Philadelphia and New York City.

I have been mesmerized by this little sweet thing ... she reminds me so much of the Monkey. Maybe that is why it is so hard to look at her picture. I look at her and realize ... she could be my child. She could be the child of someone I know.

Penelope is losing her battle, and it doesn't seem that she is going to make it more than a few more weeks. I think of Christi in her last weeks of life, how frail she had become, and how distraught her parents were throughout those last weeks. I can only imagine the anguish that Penelope's parents are suffering right now, watching their four-year-old child, who should be going to preschool and playing with her friends and finger painting, battling for her very life, knowing that she will lose that battle in the not so distant future.

Dear sweet Penelope ... Godspeed, little one. I pray that your passing from this earth to your next existence is a peaceful one, and that you are surrounded by your family and friends.


Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

So sad. I'll keep her and her family and friends in my thoughts.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I check her webpage all the time. When I heard that I was pretty sad. Not the best thinwhen you're in the middle of computer class, staring at the computer screen in sadness.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Ashley ... you sound like a remarkable young lady yourself! The lyrics that you wrote for Christi Thomas are beautiful.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

4:48 PM  

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