Honey and her daughter Chelsea
By Honey Ford
Chelsea was our only child and when she died from a GBM on her brain stem, she was only 18. Nathan (my husband) and I have said that “As she can no longer walk through life, we will walk in her footsteps for her” and do the things she would want to do. Last year we went to Comic Con, as that was something she always wanted to do. I bought her a shirt I knew she would love and placed it next to her urn.
When we were on a holiday in Europe this year to see my Mother, we took a favorite shirt of Chelsea’s with us and had photos of us holding up her shirt so part of who she was, was on holidays with us. We went to see the Spanish Dancing Horses in Vienna and were lucky enough to have most of the riders sign her shirt. I know she would have been very excited about that!
Chelsea was an avid horse rider from the age of six, and every weekend we would go to Slickers where she had a lease horse and would ride with her cousin and her mates. I took some of Chelsea’s friend’s horse riding last year as I know Chelsea would have loved to have seen them ride. Well, I’m sure she was there having a giggle at us all trying to trot!
Chelsea inspired others both before and
during her fight with brain cancer. By
sharing her story and her daily battles online, Chelsea showed her peers that
when life sucks you just get out of bed and get on with it. Telling others what
she was going through not only helped her, but gave an insight into what she
had to do to fight this insidious disease.
Chelsea and her dad, Nathan
It’s this attitude that is inspiring us to keep her name and her fight alive. Chelsea’s attitude towards her illness, for one so young, was so inspiring. She never gave in and when she was too tired to fight, she allowed us to fight for her. On one of the rare occasions when Chelsea was well enough to attend school (she was in grade 12), she wore her hair up in a ponytail, proudly showing her hair loss underneath from her radiation treatment.
Her positivity and daily attitude towards
her illness was amazing to witness. Her
only wish was to die with cancer and not from it and she was more concerned
about the hurt she would leave behind than death itself.
It’s these messages that we want to pass onto others. Fight with everything you have and when you’re too tired, let others around you fight for you. Keep positive and share your experience and NEVER, stop living.
By doing this year’s Walk4BrainCancer we can share her message with the world, the inspiration our angel gave everyone around her and, most importantly, get the message to everyone that brain cancer kills more people under 40 than any other cancer. It’s not just people that are getting brain cancer, it’s our sons, our daughters, our brothers and our sisters and our mothers and fathers as well.
By walking and talking we are keeping her fight