Friday, April 3, 2009

One Life, One Love

When times are tough, it is especially important to stay positive and continue to express our love to those around us and remember that it's just a matter of time until things get better.

I wrote this introduction for a pair of earrings that I recently created, looking to lift people’s spirits in light of the recession and the dismal economy. Then I learned that my neighbor Suzanne’s son, at 25 years old, was just told that this is likely his last year of life.

All of a sudden, nothing else seems to matter. Yes, the economy is bad, but it’s just a matter of time until the recession ends, and the rising unemployment rates drop again. David’s family doesn’t have time.

David has lymphoma, a blood cancer. About a year ago, Suzanne shared somber news: David, a healthy 24 year-old full of life and energy, had had a seizure, and doctors were trying to figure out what was wrong. Then, after several different diagnoses and his getting very sick, they finally figured it out: he had lymphoma. There was a 70-80% chance of putting the cancer in remission, the doctors said. Of course, when you hear news like that, you want to think that you will beat the average odds, and your chances are really higher than 70-80%. Just a few months ago, David had gone through several rounds of chemo, and everything seemed to be working out OK. A bone marrow transplant was in the works, and things were looking up. Then, more bad news came: the tumors came back, and chemo hadn’t worked as well as anticipated. The bone marrow transplant was put on hold; the cancer was really aggressive. More treatments and procedures followed. A mere two weeks ago, his family learned the devastating news: this is likely David’s last year of life.

Suzanne has been unbelievably strong – stronger than I could ever be. I’d like to dedicate these two pairs of earrings, Faith and Love Earrings and Love and Hope Earrings, to her and her family.

Please remember how fragile and precious one’s life is and pray for David’s miraculous recovery.

3 comments:

  1. How very tragic for that young man and his family. It is so easy to lose sight of what truly matters when the day to day problems of life drag us down. But, you are right when you say that all of it is minor compared to what this family is dealing with. My heart goes out to them.

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  2. My heart goes out to Suzanne and her family. A parents greatest fear is that of out living their children. I hope that in the time he has left that he will be able to live in the moment and enjoy his time with those he loves.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear about David. My best wishes to him and his family, and I hope that they will find some sort of peace within the next few years. -- Samar

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