Tuesday, May 4, 2010


My heart is broken, but still overflowing.

My friend Emily has Cystic Fibrosis. If you aren't familiar with this, it's a genetic disease that can affect either your respiratory system or digestive system. My friend Emily was affected by both.

Typically Emily is a really healthy person. She has worked so hard in life not let this disease rule her and until about 3 months ago, she consistantely beat CF. She would be in and out of the hopsital perhaps 3 times a year, but other than that, she was really healthy. She had a number of medical treatments she had to do each day, but if you didn't know that, you would never know something was different with her. Except that she coughed a lot.

About 3 months ago they found a new bacteria in her lungs and tried to kill it with antibiotics. The problem is for many CF patients that they become immune to antibiotics because they spend so much of their life on them.
Emily passed away on Saturday. Emily, who was only 27, full of life, and a big part of my life for the past 9 1/2 years is gone.
We only got to see her once while she was in ICU these last few months, mostly because she was just so sick. She had gone into kidney failure and was on a transplant list for that, and her lung infection finally spread to her blood, and that was it. When we saw her though, she was on a ventilator and a trach was in her throat, so we decided to tell her what our baby's name is. She was the only person on this planet who knew. And now, as my mom pointed out, it's nice to think that while we're waiting for this little baby to get here, Emily (who was a warrior in her faith) is already with her in heaven until the baby gets here.
What else is crazy is that her funeral is Saturday. It's quite possible I won't be able to make it to the funeral depending on the schedule of this little one. I'll update on yesterday's appointment soon, but for now, I just want to encourage all of us to remember how important our relationships are. That's all we get to take with us.
My heart is broken, but my cup still runneth over.


Hoping for our own Peanut said...

I saw the title and thought you had her and named her Emily! Imagine my disappointment when I read this sad post. Im so sorry for the loss of your friend. :(

Ashley said...

Oh, I'm sad to hear of your friend's passing. It might be a really neat sign if you have the baby on Saturday though....

Ashley said...

So sorry to hear that!

I Believe in Miracles said...

I am so sorry to hear about Emily. My friend just had a little girl with CF and this post just breaks my heart. I am so sorry.

Continuing to pray for you and little peanut!