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Celebrating Donna Day

Ashbey Riley | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

I know your family misses you so much but I also know that they are so very proud of you. They literally beam with pride whenever they talk about you and while you will always be in their hearts, you are now in many of ours too.

Donna's Cancer Story: So You Want to Help

Sheila Quirke | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

From the bottom of my broken, damaged heart, I thank you. I am indebted to you for bringing me into your home and cubicle and soccer field and car and kitchen. Know that what you've done, willingly witness Donna's life and death, took guts. You did it. You are amazing. Never forget that.

Donna's Cancer Story: Choosing Hope

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.30.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

As much as I hoped for a healthy Donna, there were other things I hoped, and still hope for. Hope that there will be another day with Donna. Hope to find the joy in life. Hope to not become bitter or angry. Hope that Donna would find the world a lovely, beautiful, wondrous place.

Donna's Cancer Story: Whiplash

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.29.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you are new to treatment, you turn away from the sobbing, wailing parents in the halls because their pain is too close, too scary and too unbearable. It is their pain, not your pain, and you don't want to be near it. Until it is your turn and it becomes your pain.

Donna's Cancer Story: Infection

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

You see, the wind blew with Donna's health. When she was well, we were well. When she struggled, we struggled. She had no inclination to wallow in or pity her situation. She wanted to live. She knew, intuitively, that life was a privilege and she did not waste a moment of hers.

Donna's Cancer Story: Dance Class

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Getting Donna into dance was one of the ways we chose hope, the mantra that had guided our Cancer Parenting since diagnosis. Choosing hope meant believing that Donna would enjoy her classes, make it to the recital, shine on a stage like the star she was, and live.

Donna's Cancer Story: Chemo Starts

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

The first month was terrifying for us. We did what we needed to do and were grateful for the opportunity; grateful for the ability to inject poison into our girl's thin, tiny veins, if that is what it took to rid her of cancer.