Katherine Dirks
In memory of...
Katherine Rose Dirks
State:
Illinois
Date of Birth:
02 Jul 1990
Date of Diagnosis:
15 Oct 1991 at Stage III
Born into Eternal Life:
24 Dec 1991
When I grow up, I want to be:
BEAUTY QUEEN
My family:
TED AND KARA BETH DIRKS
My pets:
DOG-JIGGER
My favorite place:
HOME
My favorite thing:
CHEERIOS
My favorite movie:
HOME MOVIES
My favorite song:
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Something special about Katherine:
KATHERINE WAS OUR ONLY GIRL. SHE WAS VERY PASSIVE ALWAYS AND LOVED TO KISS, BUT ALWAYS HUGGED WITH HER KNEES, AROUND THE WAIST. SHE LOVED TO BE IN CHURCH AND LOVED HER NURSERY WORKER. KATHERINE HAD AN OLDER BROTHER CHRISTOPHER AND A YOUNGER BROTHER JEREMY WHO SHE LOVED VERY MUCH. SHE LOVED TO EAT CHEERIOS AND WHEN SOMEONE WOULD ASK HER FOR ONE SHE WOULD SAY 'NO MINE' AND GIVE A WRINKLE NOSE GRIN. SHE ALWAYS HAD 2 PACIFIERS AROUND HER NECK AND SOME HOW ALWAYS KNEW WHICH ONE WAS LAST IN HER MOUTH. KATHERINE NEVER WALKED BECAUSE OF HER NEUROBLASTOMA AND WAS TAKEN INTO SURGERY TO RELIEVE A MASS OFF OF HER SPINE. AFTER SURGERY SHE WAS ABLE TO TAKE SOME ASSISTED STEPS AND SQUEALED 'LOOK MOMMY, I WALK'. WE WERE SO PROUD OF HER. THROUGH ALL OF THE SURGERIES THE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS,CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENTS, BLOOD COUNTS AND THE LIST GOES ON, NEVER EVEN ONCE DID KATHERINE COMPLAIN. IT HAD BECOME HER WAY OF LIFE. KATHERINE HAD A WONDERFUL ATTITUDE THROUGH ALL OF HER ILLNESS AND WAS MY INSPIRATION FOR LIVING. KATHERINE WAS WITH US ONLY 17 MONTHS 22 DAYS AND I HOLD EACH MEMORY OF HER LIFEIN A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART THAT NO ONE ELSE WILL EVER BE CLOSE TO. SHE WAS MY ANGEL, MY REASON FOR LIVING, MY WORLD. WHEN KATHERINE DIED ON CHRISTMAS EVE,1991 A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE DIED WITH HER. KATHERINE TAUGHT ME TO LOOK EVERYTHING IN LIFE RIGHT SQUARE IN THE EYE AND FACE EVERY ADVERSITY WITH COURAGE. I MISS KATHERINE, AND THOUGH I ONLY HAD HER FOR A SHORT TIME I STILL FIND MYSELF SOMETIMES HUMMING HER FAVORITE SONG, YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE, OR LOOKING AT A FLOWER AND SAYING PRETTY, PRETTY, PRETTY, JUST LIKE SHE USED TO. KATHERINE WAS ONE IN A MILLION. I AM SO HONORED TO HAVE BEEN HER MOMMY AND I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT HE GAVE ME THE PRIVILEDGE OF KNOWING HER EVEN IF JUST FOR A SHORT WHILE. THERE IS NOT A DAY PASSES THAT SHE DOESN'T CROSS MY MIND OR I WONDER WHAT SHE WOULD BE DOING IF SHE WERE LIVING. I LOVE YOU KATHERINE ROSE DIRKS MOMMY
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