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My Story

Rest in peace, Abby Mae.

March 1st, 2009 - July 1st, 2009

In our lives for an instant
In our thoughts always
In our hearts forever



On May 14th, we brought Abby to her pediatrician to have him look at some pronounced veins and apparent swelling on the top of her head. After a follow-up ultrasound gave us cause for serious concern, we received the first of a wave of unbelievably tragic news that was far beyond anything that we could have ever imagined or feared less than 36 hours later. On Sunday, May 17th, Abby turned 12 weeks old. By Monday afternoon, we knew that she had an inoperable brain tumor that isn't responsive to chemotherapy, and that our options were limited to how to best care for her during her remaining days. Tuesday, May 19th, we brought her home to give her as much happiness as we possibly can. We'll have trips to some of Abby's favorite places (the park, the beach), as well as some new adventures, with lots of photo opportunities along the way.

We can't thank everyone enough for all the kind words, warm wishes, thoughtful prayers, and expressions of hope that we've received over the last several days. We'll remember them in our hearts always.

We also realize that many of our wonderful friends and family members will want to do something over the coming days to show their continued support. As much as we appreciate the caring, selfless natures of Abigail's extended family, as well as everyone's desire to try to respond to what is obviously a great shock, we respectfully request that you give us a little time to absorb all of this, as well as to spend some private time together as a family. For the time being, our basic needs are being met, and we'll reach out quickly if we find ourselves in need of food, supplies, or a sympathetic shoulder to lean on. 

If you have children, please go give them giant hugs and great, big kisses. If not, please phone your parents, hug your dog (or other critter), or just remind someone that you love them. This will be in the true spirit of what Abby means to us and her big sister Emily.
 
We'll post some photos when time permits. In the meantime, you can see some pictures during happier times at Emily's blog: 

http://emilyhappenings.blogspot.com/

Love,

Abby, Emily, Julie, and Joe 

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Joe DeFelice posted a new journal entry.

On Sunday, September 13, 2009, we will be participating in what we hope is the first of many Jimmy Fund Walks in Abby's name, as part of team Angel Abby. Link to our page ... Read more

angela thibeau signed Abby's Guestbook.

In April 2010 a memorial garden was planted with contributions from the Sprucewood Neighborhood in Julie and Joe's yard as a place to sit and remember Abby. Read more

angela thibeau signed Abby's Guestbook.

A preschool sized chair was given to Wiggin Memorial Library in honor of Abby by Heather Thibeau. Read more

Joe DeFelice posted a new journal entry.

On Sunday, September 13, 2009, we will be participating in what we hope is the first of many Jimmy Fund Walks in Abby's name, as part of team Angel Abby. Link to our page ... Read more

angela thibeau signed Abby's Guestbook.

My Love Will Be With You by Laura Melmed was given to the Stratham public library by the Thibeau Family, Angela, Marc and Heather, in memory of Abby. "Said the father ... Read more

angela thibeau signed Abby's Guestbook.

Hope Is An Open Heart by Lauren Thompson was given to the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, N.H. by the Sprucewood Neighborhood in honor of Abby. "Hope is finding ... Read more

Kathleen Saco signed Abby's Guestbook.

Abby, We feel so blessed for the time (even though it was so brief) that we got to spend with you. We will miss not seeing you grow bigger and getting to know you ... Read more

angela thibeau signed Abby's Guestbook.

I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton was given to the Stratham Library in honor of Abby by the Sprucewood Neighborhood. "May you all carry a rainbow in your heart so ... Read more

Donna Kempton signed Abby's Guestbook.

Precious Abby, while you are living on Memory Lane…we promise to:   …alwayslove you,   …always miss you,   …always think of you,   …alwaysinclude you in ... Read more

Kathleen Bacich signed Abby's Guestbook.

My Darling Julie and Joe and little Emily Grace,   May you feel Abby in the wind on your face May you see Abby as the Sun shines and warms your heart. May you ... Read more

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