Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What would you be thinking? All kids with cancer are the bravest kids in the world. Emmalee heard people tell us how they knew someone who died of cancer. I was in the grocery store and a woman came up to me and in front of Emm told me how someone in her family died of cancer.

I don't believe she had malicious intent at all. She was just trying to identify with me and my situation. I think we all have put our foot in our mouth at times, but this happened frequent enough that it became annoying. I never knew, until the end of Emm's life, how often she thought of death. She told us, while she sobbed uncontrollably, that she thought of death every day. Scans, doctors appointments, comments like these and being bald kept these thoughts too close to her innocent mind.

I think we all need to be a little more careful about what we say and in what company we say it. Be careful when you are trying to identify with someone that your not trying to one up them or being insensitive to someone who might be listening.

Emm was strong and brave and pushed past many of these challenges. She taught us how to face death with strength and courage. We need more people like Emmalee

One more story that I love about Emmalee was when she was in the hospital and in a lot of pain. It was 2am and she called out to me to come pray with her. I was lying in the makeshift chair/bed in the hospital room. She said the prayer I will never forget her sweet, sincere prayer. She thanked Heavenly Father for things, then she started to cry and asked Heavenly Father to help her get better. She ended her prayer with, Please help that no matter what happens we will all still have faith.

True faith and inspiration from an angel.

To read more about Emmalee visit Her story will strengthen and inspire.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

If you knew you had a terminal illness, what would change in your life? Now think back to being eight or nine years of age. As an eight year old, imagine doctor coming into your hospital room and telling your dad, in front of you, that you had 6-12 months to live, at most 2 years. What would change. For Emmalee she thought about death every day and did not want to die because she said, "I will miss you guys too much."

How did she live? She laughed, loved, showed courage, strengthened her faith and grew in so many ways. She never gave up hope for a miracle.

Emmalee story is finally done. It is available on

There is a section at the end of the book dedicated to providing wisdom and support to those grieving a loss. Also, for those who do not know what to say to the grieving there is some advice for you as well.