Shannon Irby passed away from a two year, hard fought battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma today. She was 30, wife to Jesse and mom to five beautiful kids. Hodgkin's has stolen yet another young and beautiful soul, leaving behind a devoted husband and so many loving children. Why does life have to be so damn unfair? Why didn't the chemo work on her body? Why???? I don't see anything "lucky" about getting the "easy" cancer. If only I got a dollar everytime I heard a doctor or friend say this, I would be well off! There is certainly nothing lucky about getting cancer, and there is certainly no easy cancer. Hodgkin's is supposed to have a 90% cure rate and yet here I sit in the 10% after undergoing a SCT, writing about a woman who was also in the 10% of this 'curable' cancer. Both of us in our 30s, both of us devoted wives and mothers, both of us God-fearing women, both of us with young, impressionable children. Maybe I'm going through, what they call, 'survivor's guilt'. I never understood that concept until now and even now I don't know if that's what it is. All I know is a young mother passed away today from this horrible disease and left behind a young family. My worst nightmare. I'm not scared of dying, I'm scared of leaving my babies while they are so young. I know she is finally at peace and pain-free. That should be enough, but somehow it isn't. Stuff like this isn't supposed to happen to good people. At least that is how I wish life worked. My heart aches for her husband, but especially for her children. Wrapping them in my arms tonight and praying for her family.
If you are reading this, please say a prayer for Shannon Irby's family. You can read more about her and her incredible journey here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shannonirby
With a heavy heart,
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."