I am a pediatric orthopedic nurse who lost my daughter, Keeley, to cancer in 2009. I have enjpyed a distinguished career, working more than 40 years in this field. For the past 25 years, I've worked at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Lexington, Kentucky.
When my daughter Keeley was diagnosed with brain cancer at only 23 years of age, I had the formidable task of making the best out of a harrowing situation. Her death left me consumed with grief, anger, fear, loneliness and depression. After many years of grieving, I've managed to rediscover my faith in life through friendship with others who had also lost a child. They remind me I'm not alone on this hellacious jorney and that hope and survival can prevail.
I currently reside in Lexington with my husband of 36 years, Berkeley. We have two beautiful children, Keeley and Hall, a daughter-in-law Crista, and two grandchildren, Winston and Darcy.
Although Keeley ultimately lost her battle to cancer, my love and determination to preserve my daughter's legacy have endured. This book serves as evidence of that. Its words have brought me healing and I hope it provides the same for others.