Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rest in Peace Emily

It is with great sadness to announce that our Emily passed away yesterday September 27, 2013 at 1:25pm.  Her passing was peaceful, and she was at our family home surrounded by family and friends.
The past couple of days her condition rapidly declined and by Friday morning she was unable to walk and could barely speak.  She did not seem to be in pain, although we administered her medication to make sure she was comfortable.   Her last morning was a beautiful sunny day and she had an amazing visit with some friends.  There was lots of love and laughter surrounding her final hours. Even though Emily was extremely weak and mostly uncommunicative we know she was able to hear us.  She was also able to see her beloved niece and nephew.
As we could tell her condition was dire, we contacted our local parish and the priest came to our home to give Emily her last rites.  When her time came it was very peaceful and she was with the ones she loved.
Even though we know this was going to occur we are still shocked at the speed of how fast everything happened.  In true Emily fashion, we can look at the bright side of this and know that for almost all of her 3 ½ years since she was diagnosed she led a very happy, healthy, and as normal life as possible.  In fact, it was often easy to forget at times she was battling this horrific disease as she did with such strength, courage, and dignity.  We feel peace and comfort knowing that Emily is now free of pain and sickness and has gone on to a much better place.
Thank you, Emily’s Entourage, for your amazing support, prayers, and love.

Her obituary and arrangements will be posted here later today:


  1. Emily, May you rest in peace with the Lord. You are an inspiration to me and many others from Villanova. With Love, Christi Bryan Clark

  2. RIP dear precious Emily.
    Writing this message is very saddening.
    You were so brave.
    Thank you for letting us in during such a difficult time in your life.
    I am sending your family love and prayers.
    I will miss you.
    Big hug
    Christina Fattori, London, UK

  3. On October 7, 2013, I came across an article by Emily titled The cost of cancer, it gave a little bio on Emily it said that she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31 and it gave a link to her blog. I was excited to see her blog because I too have been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. The first entry that I see, I see that she had just passed away and I was sad and scared for me. I then decided that I was going to read her blog, from beggining to end, I felt that by me reading her blog from the start it would be like she was still alive. Even though I already knew how the story ended, each entry that I read I was infected with her optimism, anxious to read the results from her scans, always happy to read about the good news she received. I laughed at her jokes, she was very funny. This time when I read the last entry, I cried for her. Thank you Emily, may you rest in peace.