“Tears are words that need to be written” – Paulo Coelho
Thanks for stopping by Retro Girl & the Chemo Kid. What I write here is an elegy, a memoir, a eulogy, public therapy for a private grief.
After my daughter Zoe was diagnosed with cancer at age three, it started as a way of keeping family and friends up to date with her treatment. I didn’t write much when she finished treatment – we were too busy living. After she relapsed and died at age six, it became a way of processing my grief. If you read the posts in order you might also see a journey to healing.
While I grieve Zoe no less, I honour her memory, here and in other ways. She is a part of the me, maybe the best part of me, I carry forward into the rest of my life. A life that is different from the one I imagined, but no less full of beauty and possibility.
What I didn’t really imagine when I started writing here was that the lessons I learned from Zoe and from her loss would resonate so much with others. It seems they do and it’s just one more unexpected gift from Zoe to the world. If it resonates with you too, click the follow button, or like The Angel Zoe Kindness Project on Facebook to hear about future posts.
PS If you are looking for Zoe’s whole story, some early posts were lost when my original blog platform closed down. Some salvaged posts are still missing photos. I do intend to write this part of her story again in the future.