08 March 2010

This brought me to tears, as I've had her linked in my blog roll for more than a year. When she announced her second diagnosis of cancer, she tagged it with "Life", as if this were a battle everyone faced in their late twenties.

"Our loving daughter, Yulanda Yee (just turned 28) has lost her second battle with lymphoma cancer on Feb 11/2010. She passed away at 6 p.m. in a palliative home on the second day after being transferred from Princess Margaret Hospital where she had many short and long stays.

She was only nine when first diagnosed with this disease. With unbelievable courage, she fought it for about one and a half to two years and was free for 18 years. With a vengeance, the disease came back in June 2009. It finally took her young life after months of furious combat.

I wish there are words to express my thanks and gratitude to my wife, Helen, who provided 24-hour personal-care, support, and encouragement during months of difficult times.

We also have much thanks for her sweetheart, Wayne, who fought alongside her to the end. It is him who gave Yulanda a worthy reason to live and the desire to beat this battle.

We cannot be over-grateful to our family (father, mother, brothers, sisters, cousins...) for their infinite physical and emotional support and encouragement.

As parents of this shy girl, we were astonished by the number of friends she has."



words, wine, coffee, art said...

thinking of you in your sadness at this young life lost

virginia said...

thank you - i didn't know her, but thought immediately of her parents.

"Before you can blame an individual for their choices, you have to make sure they have the same choices as everyone else."

Bix , the fanatic cook.