Kennedy Griffith's Journal
Written Dec 19, 2012 7:41am
As the majority of you know, Kennedy left this life at 3:27 am Tuesday morning, whole, healed, running through the gates of heaven. I have struggled since to find the words to express the range of emotions we are all experiencing right now. Nothing can prepare you for death, especially the death of a child, no matter how much time you are given to "accept" the inevitable. I have been overwhelmed, and overjoyed to read all the tributes to Kennedy's life, richly overflowing with heartfelt expressions that describe the dedicated journey of a true warrior in the face of such vicious adversity--determination, inspiration, courage, faith, spirit, strength, perseverance, hope--oh, that we could all lead our lives in such a light and leave such an impression...
The outpouring for this family over the past three and a half years is nothing short of awesome. In the ups and downs that Kennedy's journey took, never was there a moment when multitudes were not praying for her comfort, strength and courage to keep fighting. No doubt Kennedy had the drive, but YOU Prayer Warriors often provided the fuel during times of great struggle; that extra push to make it to the summit and rest.
It's hard to comprehend life without her, but we are so lucky to have had the gift of time. So many times we were told we had reached the end, but miracles abounded and Kennedy was able to courageously battle through one more time, one more time...We are most blessed and truly lucky to have had her, to have been part of her life and been left with such a deep impression of how one person can inspire so many. Kennedy won her battle, the joke is on you cancer monster, you cannot hurt her any longer, you are a weak opponent against her healing God that she faithfully summoned to carry her home....
Please continue to pray for this family as they grieve and engage in the public rituals of laying this sweet child to rest. Please be respectful of their need to grieve fully and allow for their privacy and time to do so. I selfishly request special prayers for all of Kennedy's siblings, as these children and young adults are having an especially difficult time.
I cannot thank you all enough for your prayers and support over the years. My prayer is that we could provide such support for all families that are facing such adversity...keep it going, just as Kennedy would wish, give to charities, support research, help one another. Kennedy was able to provide a final gift as she left this world, she was able to donate her eyes so that someone may have the gift of sight for Christmas....she is dancing with delight that she was able to give back after being so richly blessed with so so much. May we all be so gracious...
Arrangements for Kennedy can be found at www.tatefh.com
Visitation will be Thursday from 10-9 at Tate funeral home in Jasper. Her funeral will be Friday at 1:00 at Marion Co. High School
The final round....
Written Dec 17, 2012 10:30pmIt's with a heavy heavy heart I am posting at this time, but it seems I must interrupt this very personal time to be sure everyone has the correct story.
Kennedy is facing the end of her journey with this monster. She is comfortable, no pain, no anxiety, essentially unconscious to keep her from struggling for each breath even with high flow oxygen. It is a matter of time, but it's in God's time and when this baby decides she is ready to let go. Her fighting spirit persists, she is not going easily, in true Kennedy fashion this will be on her terms.
All of her family is here. We have cried and laughed all day, telling silly stories and remembering sweet moments.
We all appreciate your prayers and concern very much. Please continue to pray for mercy and comfort for this amazing warrior.
Written Dec 10, 2012 7:45pm
After battling severe pain all weekend and under the advisement of hospice and Dr. Gratias, Kennedy was transported to TC Thompson this afternoon. She was finally admitted and into a room about two hours ago and they are beginning to get her comfortable. Thankfully the ER nurse was able to beautifully access her port on the first try! They are starting to deliver pain meds via a pump, and she will also get blood and fluids. We all pray that this gives her some relief and that she can rest. We really will not know much more until Dr. Gratias makes his rounds tomorrow. She may be in the hospital for days, or be discharged quickly once the meds are adjusted with the pump, etc. It was bittersweet to see all of the familiar faces of the fabulous nursing staff of 3rd floor oncology, but comforting that Kennedy knows she can relax and trust those ladies...enough to be keeping them on their toes already, double checking their techniques and making her needs very well known--not the passive patient at all! And seeing that spunk gave me comfort too, our Warrior is still fighting!!!
Thank you all for your prayers and concern. Nothing can prepare you to walk this road, but in all things there is a greater purpose...