Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 12, 1984 - March 16, 2010

It is with total shock and deep sadness that I tell you that Erin passed away today.

I know that it may seem weird that I'm in shock, considering she had lymphoma, but she was winning the fight and showing great signs of making progress when she was hospitalized with an infection last week. I saw this as a glitch, and haven't even been nervous about her hospital stay... I've been getting regular updates on her facebook page.

The last email exchange we had, a few weeks ago, ended with Erin saying: "can't wait to see you in a few months when I come home." I hadn't seen her in two years I think, and we were excited to reconnect. Erin was just so totally sure that she was beating cancer, that everyone around her was sure too.

Erin was a student of mine who taught me way more than I taught her.
Rest in peace, my friend.


beth said...

Oh Emilie, My heart aches for you because I know how much you loved Erin and how strongly you believed she would beat this horrible disease. But in our family we now all too well the total brutality of lymphoma. She was a shining example of courage and optimism and I know you will long be inspired by her life and her beauty, both inside and out.

Christine said...

I'm so, so sorry Emilie. I'm speechless actually. Just know that I'll be thinking of you and of Erin and her family and friends.

Cat said...

I am so sorry, Emilie. My heart goes out to you and her family! Words are not sufficient!

Carver Fam said...

Sandi knew a 28 yr old woman with two little boys who was the icon of hope for beating an estrogen feeding breast cancer that returned with the pregancy of her second child. She was the poster child for the person who beats it, blows the odds out of the water and lives to tell the tale. Her death was a tragedy that shook her community for years to come.

I'm so sorry for your heart right now. And I have to wonder if people like Erin and people like Beth live that life (and death) so full of inspiration to be the greatest teachers of all to us.

I love you. xoxo

Michelle said...

Oh Emilie,
I'm so sorry to read about this. I'm saddened (and have to admit angry too) at the unfairness of it all.

Your Mom expressed what is in my heart better than I could. Please know that I'm praying for you and that only goodness and greater inspiration will come from your knowing Erin.

I'm struck by her request that her friends and loved ones wear brightly colored party attire to her funeral. What a spirit she has!

Much love,