As I said earlier, we had some bad news yesterday, my niece Julie died. Julie was a very special person, at the age of 10/11 years she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. She underwent an operation to remove the tumour but, as I said, it was malignant. The tumour was at the back of her head, therefore the most likely place for the cancer to travel was into her spine. Julie was amongst the first in the UK to experience chemo, so after many months of chemo and radiation Julie survived. Unfortunately, due to the fact of so much radiation and chemo whilst her body was in the throws of maturing it did a lot of damage ie, her hearing, her thyroid, her growth, her teeth together with several other problems such as the damage in her education. However Julie enjoyed her life and met and married Eddie. Together they set up home and, with the support of both families, enjoyed themselves. Julie used to work on a green card in her local Sainsbury's she was very popular with the staff and customers alike.
We all loved Julie, she loved all her family, brothers, sisters, aunties, counsins etc. She was never happier than when she was amongst us all. Julie was 48 years when she died. It is amazing that she was with us that long. In the last few years Julie was having several problems, due to the scar tissue etc, she was having major fits and was in the early throws of senile dementia. It never stopped her and Eddie from doing what they both enjoyed, which was going out together. Eddie would push her in her wheelchair.
Julie once said to her Mum that she thanked God for everyday she had so did we.
The last few months were difficult for both of them and last night Julie died peacefully in her sleep. Our thoughts are very much with Eddie at this time.
I also feel very much for sister and her family as this is the second child they have lost. Stephen was only 4 when he was run over by a car in a culdesac. That also was a very, very sad time. I cannot believe how some people get all the bad luck.
All I can say now Julie is that you will now be with your Nan whom you loved so much and looking after your little brother. We all love you very much and will never forget you, your courage and the love you always showed us.
Goodbye Julie, rest in peace.