Seven years ago I came online and found support for families with children and adults with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). I have met so many wonderful friends through these support groups and have even met some of them in person. One CHD family who lives in Ohio, came to AZ for family reasons. While visiting the area they came to my house and we got to meet them face to face. I had chatted with Mary (Danielle's mom) many times online, via email and through support groups. I had also previously called and spoken to Mary. Danielle said, "I love you!" to me on the phone and I was so thrilled! Danielle has suffered several strokes, accidental morphine over-dose (that was not the family's fault), heart defects, stomach/GI problems and most recently, brain bleeds. Danielle has defied the odds for so long..... she has truly been an inspiration! We will miss you, Danielle, but you are finally able to dance and do all the things your earthly body wouldn't allow you to do.
Please pray for Danielle's parents, brothers and extended family.
Below is a picture of my daughter, Jessica, with Mary and Danielle.