The angel from next-door is gone. Her smile gave light to our world and our world failed her miserably. Watching her grow-up was one of the most blessed facets of my life. Losing her is one of my darkest moments.
Her first leukemia diagnosis was at age 13 and the treatment lasted until she was age 15. In early July of this year, at age 17, the leukemia returned with uncompromising vigor. After courageously enduring 5-months of torturous hospitalization, which included removing both of her legs in a futile attempt to control rampant infection, she died on November 28. Her funeral was on December 4.
In spite of their complete spiritual faith and having a good income and health insurance, her family is emotionally and financially devastated. In between bouts of the leukemia, Daniela’s father filed for bankruptcy in order to save their home. Today, there may be little chance for him to save it again. There are no food stamps available for this family and no government mortgage refinance, only the limited help from family and friends. The bill collectors and the legal system did not wait for Daniela’s last breath to begin gnawing at the remains of her family.
I will not be asking for Internet donations for Daniela’s family, but I do solicit your good thoughts and / or prayers. Please give to those around you who are in need, whatever you can afford and whenever you can.
The humble blogger at this obscure blog site is on hiatus until his enhanced seasonal melancholy clears. Should I not return before then, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.