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on September 9, 2012

Not sure if many people know, but September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and tonight one of my favorite 4 year old girls is on my heart. One year and a month ago, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I remember getting the phone call and all I could do was sit, numb on the couch. What could I possibly do for 2 of my best friends, their daughter, and their brand new, two day old baby.

I started watching Leah when she was 2 months old, up until about 3 months before she was diagnosed. I have always treated her as one of my own kids, and Elijah and her have always been such great friends. For some reason they have always had a special bond. (I like to think it’s because some day they’ll be married.) Anyway, I remember the last winter that I had Leah, we had a mouse in the house. For any of you that know me well, I don’t like mice, at all. In fact, if I see one, I usually let out a very annoying scream, start to cry, and then I jump on the closest thing I can get to. That day, it was our kitchen table. As soon as Leah heard me crying on the phone to Ray, she came running in the kitchen. She looked at me, and saw the complete fear on my face, and she proceeded to get up on top of the table and just sit there with me. I had a house full of kids that day because it was Christmas break, but Leah was the only one who came into the room. She knew I was terrified, so she just sat. I remember telling her it was alright and she could go play with the other kids, but she looked at me and said, “It’s ok Miss Caiti, I’ll sit with you.” So we sat…and sat. We were on top of the kitchen table for a good 30 minutes when we finally decided to get down…together.

I know that this last year has been the most difficult year for Leah’s entire family, and friends included. Leah has made more visits to Children’s Hospital than any child should ever have to make in their entire lifetime. Her family is one of the most generous, loving families I have ever come to know…and I feel so blessed to be part of such a special little girl’s life. For a while, it was hard to see the light in Leah’s beautiful blue eyes…cancer is ugly. That was probably the hardest time for me, was seeing Leah completely wiped of any energy…to even walk up the stairs to her bedroom. No child, parent, Nana, Mimi, Papa, cousin, Aunt, Uncle, or friend should ever have to go through what Leah’s family has been through…but I just want them to all know how much they are loved. Although some days might seem dark, I will always be here to “sit on your kitchen table” with you, just like Leah sat with me.

The world is definitely a more beautiful place with Miss Leah in it. She has touched more people than she will ever know, and I hope this encourages others to reach out…you never know when someone needs you to just sit with them.


Please, if you get a chance, go like “Free Leah’s Butterfly” on Facebook, and check out the beautiful video for Leah’s “Cancerversary”.  Miss Caiti loves you little Leah.

4 responses to “Sitting

  1. wreckbear says:

    Prayers for Miss Leah and all of her loved ones! I pray the cure will be given soon to all of the little ones who suffer! They are in Jesus’s arms here on earth…. He gives them strength like none we know…..

  2. dawn says:

    You will both have wonderful memories forever. Leah is a beautiful girl and she and her whole family are loved by so many!

  3. Laurie says:

    That was beautiful! Definitely made me cry. Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  4. Andrea says:

    I was just thinking the other day about how special you are and how lucky Jared and I are to have you in our lives. You have been on our table sitting beside us this entire journey and I can not thank you enough for that. It is so amazing to know that all I have to do is call you and you are there for me. My kids LOVE you and are always so excited when they get to see you. You and your family hold a very special place in our hearts. We love you so much, thank you for sitting on our table!

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