In 2002, Heather was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer and our world was turned upside down.
For 3 years, Heather fought the toughest battle one can face. Doctors said they could treat her, but not cure her and that this disease would take her. She was given a 10% chance of surviving 1-2 years. Losing my child was NOT an option, so Heather and I “put on our boxing gloves” and prepared for the biggest fight ever! I did tons of research on alternative therapy and combined it with her conventional treatment. Heather was so receptive to everything that was put in front of her and she was determined to beat cancer and fought it with everything she had. Heather’s strength, bravery, and courage was not only an inspiration to me, but to everyone who knew her.
Heather fought for 3 years and during that time she lived life to the fullest. Her resilience and spirit amazed doctors day after day. She was even in remission for one year, enabling her to go back to school her senior year and graduate with her class. Cancer did NOT define Heather during those years; she looked past her illness and lived her life. Although she lived in and out of the hospital and endured countless chemo and radiation treatments, she always had enough energy to go out with her friends and help brighten their day. Heather touched so many lives in her short years, she always had a smile (worth a million bucks), that lit up every room she entered.
Her amazing blue eyes were breath-taking and her loving spirit drew you in and you wanted to get to know her, as well as be part of her life in some way. She was the “life of the party”, making you laugh at her jokes, her funny facial expressions, dance moves and quick comebacks. I cherish our endless memories, her FRIENDSHIP, her love, all her unique qualities and I am proud to be her Mom.
“Heather, if you’re listening (and I know you are), I LOVE YOU with all my heart and soul and I know you are watching over me and Ron always. Heaven has the most beautiful angel ever and I cannot wait to see you there!”.