Thursday, April 22, 2010

Perfectly at Home

Last week was one of the toughest weeks that i have had in a very long time. On Monday, April 12, My sister's best friend Kaitlyn passed away after a long fight with cancer. Kaitlyn and my sister McKenzie have been friends since 7th grade. Over the past couple of years, she has become like a sister to me. Her, McKenzie and Z were always together and spent a lot of time at my house so i got to know her very well. She told me all about her cancer and how she planned to just live her life the best she could. She loved to dance, and cheer, and just be a dorky teenage girl. But she had a taste for life that i found amazing. No matter what life threw at her, she caught it and threw it right back. She could handle anything. Some of the stories she told me would make me so angry and make me cry, and she would always tell me that it was okay and that it didn't matter. What made me the most angry would be when the boys at her school would make fun of her for the way she talked. She had her tongue removed because of the cancer and part of her stomach was taken and put in place of her tongue. But she still had a bit of a slurr sound when she talked. She was one of the funniest and strongest girls i've ever met. During the week, when we weren't crying, we would sit and tell all of the funny stories we had about her. Here are a few...

She had to take Ambien in order to fall asleep at night. Im not sure why but she would go crazy on this drug. She was loopy out of her mind and it was very entertaining. One night, her, Kenzie and Z were having a sleep over. Kaitlyn decided to call me at 2 in the morning while on Ambien. She felt like everything was moving and that she was on a boat. I answered the phone and heard her say "KYLEE!! Guess what? I'm on a boat. Yeah. I'm on a boat!!!" and then she hung up. I was totally confused but almost died from laughing.

Another night when her and Kenzie were having a sleep over, she decided to see how her Ambien would effect Kenzie. So she cut one of her pills in half and dropped it in a can of coke. Then she added s little benadryl to finish it off. She gave the coke to Kenzie and very soon Kenzie was out cold. So of course, Kaitlyn drew all over her face and took pictures. yes, Kaitlyn drugged my sister for entertainment haha.

One of the last time i hung out with Kate was a few months ago. She called me up because she needed a ride to go and buy a new ipod. I picked her and my sister up and we drove to walmart. But we ended up driving to four different stores because non of the stores had a PURPLE ipod. Every time one of the worker told her that
they were out of purple nano ipods, she'd sigh and say "Well, on to the next destination!" Finally, an hour and a half later, we found one at best buy.

Two weeks before she passed away, she was in New York City for a drill competition. She ended up having a seizure while in her hotel room and ended up in the hospital. A few hours later my sister got a hold of her mom who was at the hospital with her. Kaitlyn's mom was telling my sister about how they tried to give her an MRI but she wouldn't sit still so they had to cancel the test. While she was telling the story, you could hear Kate yelling in the background "I was sitting still! The nurse was being a jerk! Shut up mom! Stop telling them lies! i was being a good little patient!"

While she was in New York, she was able to perform her solo dance to the song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train. She got a standing ovation.

The last thing i ever said to Kaitlyn was over She was having a really bad day and just asked for everyone to tell her that everything would be okay because she knew that if everyone could keep a positive attitude, she could too. I told her how amazing i thought she was and that everything would be okay. I also told her that she knows im always here for her and she can call me anytime she ever needed anything. The last thing she said to me was "Thank you. I love you! Always!" That was the day before she was rushed to the hospital. And four days before she passed away.

I'm writing a song right now. I've never written anything for the guitar before, so i'm going to do it for her. "She's perfectly at home. She's dancing among the clouds. She is looking down at all our faces, she is our guardian angel now..."

Kaitlyn at homecoming

Kaitlyn back in jr. high

Kate and her little sister Shannon

Kaitlyn Mariah Adams <3