Monday, February 14, 2011

Of birth and death....

Friday morning was Cassidy's birthday breakfast date with mom. We were in my bathroom getting ready because this was the first time she could wear makeup and doll up. We were really excited and she had picked Denny's for her special day. The phone rang as I was curling a lock of her hair and Cassidy quickly grabbed my phone. I saw that it was the father of my sweet Breanna, the girl who has been battling Leukemia. I grabbed the phone from her and ran from the room. And as I heard him sobbing on the other line, I knew my fears were confirmed. Breanna passed away on Friday morning and returned to her Heavenly Father. I was happy that she was no longer in pain. I was happy that I had spent the afternoon with her on Wednesday talking and laughing, a memory that I will always treasure. But I was sad. Sad for the Pena family, and sad for the whole she left that no one can fill. She truly touched so many lives and helped soooo many people. She even bore her testimony in church five days before she passed away and what a neat Spirit must have filled that room. What a blessing she was to all of us.
             I didn't want to keep Rick on the phone long, because he had to return to his family. But I told him now much we love them and then I hung up the phone. I came back into the bathroom and looked at my own girl, turning 12 that very day. What a blessing it is to have her.
               Cassidy and I had a wonderful breakfast filled with laughter and memories and then I took her to school and I was glad when she went into the classroom. She was healthy and happy and now it was my time to mourn the loss of my dear sweet friend. I will never forget the example Breanna was and always will be to me! That fighting Marine brat spirit was with her till the end!!!! Love you Breanna!

3 comments:

annebabe said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved friend and fellow cancer fighter. Thank goodness for the Plan of Salvation and a merciful Father who has given us a way to have perfect bodies forever with our eternal families. Much love to you today my friend, much love.

Gwen said...

Christa I don't even know your friend Brianna, but I am here letting the tears fall freely in my apartment in NYC. For whom does the bell toll?.. it tolls for me. Thank you for sharing her with all of us and for fighting so hard for your life and for cherishing your dear children.
Because of your battle for life I cherish my life that much more.love gwen

Happy said...

Christa: Life is sometimes so hard to understand, BUT with Brianna, she has taught so many of us how to be strong to to carry on. Please let her parents know that we truly respect them for letting you share her with us here in AL. My group that I meet with ever couple of months on cancer were sorry to hear about this loss, but were very inquisitive about the gospel and what the Plan of Salvation meant to us. Please stay strong and know that we love you and your family tons.