Mile #74 Maggie
The picture is of my daughter Maggie, Princess Maggie to her friends,
family and most of the hospital staff. This picture was taken in the days
before her last hospitalization, from which she never returned home.
Maggie was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in the summer of 2015. She
was 3 and a half years old and we were in Wisconsin, visiting my parents.
My father is a doctor, and after I pointed out that there seemed to be
something off about her tummy, he got her an immediate appointment with a
pediatrician friend; after which we cut our vacation short and headed back
to Connecticut. She was officially diagnosed July 4 of that year. Ten
months later, after 6 rounds of chemo, two chest tubes, numerous
infections, an eleven hour surgery to remove as much tumor as possible and
loosing function in both her kidneys, she contracted an infection after her
second stem cell transplant. On Easter Sunday, 2016, she was put on a
respirator and placed in a medically induced coma. She never woke up. Six
weeks later, we took her off the respirator.
Maggie was fearless. She learned to walk when she was nine months old --
constantly trying to keep up with her four year old brother. She rode
elephants and loved to dive and wanted to be a ballerina (or a princess).
She loved Curious George and all the Disney Princesss, especially Ariel,
Cinderella and Elsa. She never got her Make-A-Wish, which was to sing with
Anna and Elsa on stage at Disneyworld. In the picture, she is dressed in
Rapunzel's wedding dress. She had been looking at pictures of my wedding
and decided I should take her picture as she posed the same way I had back
in the day. We have a whole series.
She had a way with anyone -- she had male hospital staff submitting to
manicures, the hospital chef making her puff pastries in the shape of swans
to satisfy her craving for swan cookies, and dozens of interns hanging out
in her room well into the night having tea parties and rubbing her feet.
She will always be my baby, and I hate that she never got to grow up.
That's it. If you would like more information, or I need or can do
anything, please let me know.