Saturday, September 14, 2013

When you're the best of friends...

This post is extremely difficult to write.  One of the many reasons that Cami's relapse has been so difficult on her is because she is still grieving.  We all are.  Just 1 month before we got the news that Cami's cancer had returned, she spoke at her best friends funeral.  Her best friend, who was taken by the same disease she is still fighting.  Cami is scared.  She understands it all far too well and mostly, she misses her friend deeply.

For those of you who don't know, Millie Flamm was Cami's best friend.  Millie had cancer too.  These two girls were introduced when Cami was diagnosed with the same cancer just 6 months after Millie's diagnosis.  They fought right along side each other for 2 years.  They traveled together, sent messages and met up during clinic visits to cheer each other up.  The day after Millie went off treatment, they received the devastating news.  Millie had relapsed.  We were heartbroken and we had no idea what to do to help as we watched our dear friends prepare for their second battle.  Cami LOVED visiting Millie in the hospital!  It was the one thing we could do to help cheer her up.  Cami didn't have questions about the tubes, or the medicines, and she didn't worry about nurses or doctors like some other kids might.  Millie and Cami just played together.  Like normal little girls.  Their giggles could often be heard all the way down the hospital hallways.  Cami was always happier after visiting Millie and Millie was happier when Cami visited.  They were quite the little pair.  Millie went through so much, but her strength through it all was incredible.  We now understand that Cami needed to witness Millie's strength firsthand to help her through the trials she faces today.  Millie's fight has ended and we smile to think of her dancing tube free and pain free through heaven.  Millie is sorely missed and as we sit in Cami's hospital rooms day in and day out, we can't help but remember the happy memories shared within these walls with sweet Millie.  We miss Millie daily and because of her and her parents as examples, we are able to stay strong in some of the hardest of hard times.  Millie continues to shine her brightness down around Cami each day as she fights.  We will always be grateful we were lucky enough to bask in the Millie light.

Millie is still making a huge difference in so many people's lives and her legacy lives on through Millie's Princess Foundation.  Brady and Amanda (Millie's parents) have made Cami one of Millie's princesses and we are so honored!

Please take a minute to watch the video they put together of these two sweet girls-


Thank you Brady, Amanda and Austin for showing us strength and for being there for us at such a difficult time in your lives.  We will never forget the love you have shown us, we know it cannot be easy.  We love you guys.  We know that Millie is so very proud.

13 comments:

  1. What a touching video. Your girls seems amazing. And my heart breaks for Millie's family. Sending prayers from Alaska.

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  2. So sweet-such precious little angels shouldn't have to endure these hardships in childhood. I'm so sorry for your little girl having to brave this horrid illness while watching her best buddy succumb to it. Totally unfair. So very sorry for her. Prayers to your sweet little girl. xoxoxo

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  3. I know you don't know me, but last year I built a Gingerbread house and donated it to Primary Children's in honor of my Grandmother who lost her fight to breast cancer. After I had posted a picture I looked up the tag Primary Children's and fell in love with a picture of these two fantastic girls. Fighting together with a smile on their faces. Which led me to PS I Adore you, which is incredible in case you didn't know. And then one day it popped up in my news feed that a good family friend Jen Faucet had taken pictures. (Hopefully this doesn't make me sound like a crazy stalker. )


    I just wanted you to know that I'm praying for you guys, and I'm so sorry for your loss. It is very impressive to me how your family handles hard situations with so much grace.

    Cheering and praying for your sweet girl.
    Xo

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  4. I pray for Cami each day. I know Millie is with her always. Such strong little women... Stay strong. Xo

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  5. Just found your blog through nieniedialogues. My daughter, Julia, was diagnosed with ALL( also pre B cell) in May 2010. She too relapsed near the end of her initial diagnosis. We were devastated and heartbroken. But thank the Lord, she received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor on 1/19/2012. Today she remains in remission and is in 4th grade and doing great. I just wanted to reach out and let you know there is someone else out there who has gone through the same thing and now thriving and healthy. Prayers for you and your family. Cami will get through this!

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  6. I just stumbled upon your blog and immediately signed up to be a donor. Unfortunately, because I have to take medicine for my asthma I cannot donate. I am devastated. I'll be posting a link to register on my blog and instagram today and hope that I can get others to sign up. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family.

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  7. Your words and this video were absolutely heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time. Millie and Cami are so beautiful and perfect for each other. My heart goes out to both their families!

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