This is what Louise wrote on my blog when we found out Dave had cancer:
"You are such a strong and beautiful woman, Dave is lucky to have you by his side.
I want to hold your hand and tell you everything will be ok. But all I have to offer is hope. I hope that you can find some joy in Rocco's birth at this crazy time. I hope that Dave's pain turns out to be something minor and treatable. I am hoping and wishing for everything to be ok.
Thank God for Linda and Leigh."
And this is what she wrote when I came out of hospital with Rocco, asking for people's well wishes and strong thoughts that the cancer was not in Dave's bones:
"Of course you are traumatized sweetheart, what is going on right now is so huge I can't even imagine how I would cope. But you're such an amazing woman, I'm sure that you are holding everything and everyone together.
Best wishes and positive thoughts to you and your family. If there is anything you need please just ask."
The cancer was not in Daves bones.
But cancer was soon to visit Louise and her beautiful family, and take her away .... it was SHE who had to learn how to cope with unimaginable news.
Not fair. Stunned. Only diagnosed six months ago ..... I was sitting on a bed in the middle of my auntie's 50th birthday party, checking my emails when I found out. I cried then, like I cried today, learning of her passing.
Louise 's husband is asking for people to write in the comments section of her blog. He is proud of her blog, and one day will read out the comments to their daughter Kayla, who just turned one.
Louise did IVF to get pregnant with Kayla. Doing IVF is HARD. It's one of the hardest things I have ever done.
Even if you did not know Louise until right now .... there is a baby girl out there who will miss out on knowing her mother. If you could drop by and leave a few kind words. Tell Kayla something pretty, something funny. Tell her your secret to living a good and happy life - you can do it anonymously, you don't need an account. I know Louise would appreciate it.