It doesn't matter if your body is riddled with a rare form of cancer
if your daughter needs you in the bathroom
you get up like a ninja
from your hospital bed to help her
like your son,
are your life's blood
and you are the heroine in this story.
You're the embodiment of what it means to be
and so we learn how to live our lives,
because of how you lived yours;
in the face of death.
And, every heroine needs a hero
to support, encourage, and retain optimism
no matter the odds.
To step in, to fill a gap,
to step up and father well;
to hold the family together
and maintain hope in the face of uncertainty and fear.
because, before cancer,
everything had been coming together
and you already knew in sickness and health
you were going to see each other through
because Shane was (and is)
And every couple
especially with children
needs a family behind them
to cheer them on as they battle together
to fight for their dreams, their family,
Who gather them up within prayer and lift them higher
by showing they care.
Who stand by that hospital bed-side, advocate on your behalf,
steal you away for a day to regain a sense of balance and control
that you will dictate to cancer and treatment
and it won't dictate to you.
Who care for your children with compassionate honesty
while shielding them from as much pain as they can
and help them to retain a semblance of normalcy and routine.
You were born to be their daughter,
and you were loved by them from the moment they first heard your name.
And, from that 1st moment, to your last breath, you could rest
knowing you were free to be #AmyStrong with those who fed that
strength with all the strength of their own they had to give.
Obstinate hope until your dying breath,
not resigned but accepting,
no matter how hard the "good-bye"
there's something far better waiting on the other side.
Amy SoHee Henderson-Llanto,
you gave us all a final gift.
You offered us a perfect picture with your strength and beauty
of that of a bride with a handsome groom by her side.
not to be a footnote in the pages of history
of how to battle NUT midline carcinoma
with success and set-backs alike
you chose to be front page news,
to set trends,
to show people they can be "Amy Strong"
up until their very last day:
As long as you have breath,
your life is worth living
and your dreams can come true,
You became the 1st patient to hold their wedding within
And you challenged those tasked with your care to find their inner-Amy
and to be #AmyStrong too.
They heard your battle cry,
adamant, gentle, powerful, but soft;
there was intervention,
both earthly and divine,
and they gave you the most beautiful wedding on earth to send you
off into heaven to complete the perfect bridal picture there
with Jesus by your side.
They facilitated a life lived with dignity,
stubbornness, head held high resilience;
ninja strength, bravery, courage,
from the moment you entered into their care
until the moment you exited out.
They allowed you to die in the same manner as you had lived
and enter into heaven's gates not diminished but fully alive.
And no one's life was untouched who knew you,
and no one's life untouched who reads this now;
when a person knows something they can no longer claim ignorance
and so we must all tap into our inner-strength and find our inner-warriors.
Choosing to live life not hidden away but with appropriate abandonment
to break chains that would try to hold us back.
Challenged to be #AmyStrong
and the hero's and heroine's of our own life's stories
within this day and age too.
The glue that binds all others together,
humanity as one;
the power of one life to change millions,
and as this post is shared so shall it be.
All in memory of you:
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