My Sweet Boy - John D Hoover II (6/18/05 - 5/20/12)
We had been fighting cancer for 4 years. We knew it was coming. I thought, somehow, it would be easier, almost natural. I was wrong.
When I found you in my bed you looked like you were sleeping but I knew you weren't. I could hear myself scream and your daddy cry as he tried in vain to wake you. Oh baby, you were hurting and it needed to end for you but now we are here desperately wishing you could come back and knowing that you can't.
You came to this world like no other child. More than 3 months premature and weighing less than a pound and a half but you defied the odds. You came home after such a long NICU stay and you progressed so beautifully. You were a natural fighter. When they told us you had cancer and gave you only a 10% chance of surviving, we somehow thought your fighting spirit would win again. We were wrong.
I miss you so much and I need you.