My Guardian Angel is 6 in my heart. That’s the age she was the day in 1991 when she got her angel wings.
My Guardian Angel was tenacious. She was fun and feisty. She was strong, and wise beyond her years.
My Guardian Angel battled leukemia for four and a half years. She endured chemotherapy, spinal taps, bone marrow transplants, remission and relapse.
She loved watching “Lady and the Tramp” and she loved her baby sister. She loved stuffed animals, and my grandparents dog “Bo.”
My Guardian Angel was the first kid I ever got to really babysit for. We had some fun times.
My Guardian Angel is my cousin Meghan. She changed my life when she was born in 1985- and I lost a piece of me when she passed away in 1991.
My cousin Meghan went dancing with the angels the year I started college. It was snowing. It was my 18th birthday.
My love for Meghan and the deep loss permeated the next few years of my life. The pain never ever goes away- it changes you. But I decided that I would strive to be more like her. I would take her example of grace under pressure and model my life off of it.
We were already forever intertwined and then she met Jesus on my birthday. The bond- the link- is unbreakable.
My Meghan was born a decade ago. She makes her namesake proud. She shares her strength, grace and wit. She endures medical challenges beyond measure. My Meghan has an angel on her shoulder too.
And over the last few years as the reality of Cowden’s Syndrome and it’s lifelong implications set in- Angel Meghan keeps me grounded. Whenever I want to be frustrated about the cancer risks we face- I am reminded that we are afforded a warning system. I am reminded that these sometimes grueling routine screenings have already proven life-saving for us. I can only imagine how desperately my aunt and uncle would have loved the warning system- and the prevention opportunities we have.
I wonder sometimes- what my cousin would have grown to be. I wonder what the 28 year old would be doing with her life. And then I stop.
Mine is not to figure out the plan. Mine is not to understand the hows and whys. My role is to take the lessons learned, and the people who have taught them and make them part of who I am today. Mine is to keep the memory of a special young girl alive- in my heart, in my life, in my actions, and in my daughter.
So as I brace to celebrate my 40th, on a day when emotions promise to run high, I remember.
Sweet Guardian Angel Meghan, flying with your gold ribbon friends.
May 16, 1985- November 12, 1991