Thursday, December 23, 2010

Loss of Faith - Please send your prayers.

I am absolutely heartbroken to report here that Baby Faith Margaret Venezia, the adorable little girl whose button has been on the right side of my blog these last few years, and the daughter of my amazing cousin Erica who I have written about here, lost her battle last night to HLHS, a congenital heart defect, at just two years old.


Erica and I both welcomed our daughters into this world in September of 2008 and I have often wondered how two healthy cousins, from a healthy family, could bring such sick babies into this world. Erica's friendship through my grief of Peyton has been a godsend, and I have always looked at little Faithy as the one who would survive. Peyton's battle was too big to overcome, I told myself, but Faith, Faith was going to make it.

Through many ups and downs, Faith, like her mother, always faced adversity with an upbeat attitude and a huge smile. There are no words for how saddened I am to know that my cousin - my strong, amazing cousin - has now entered this world of loss. The anger I feel at this broken world for making children face battles too great to defeat is immense.

I know that many of you have followed Faith's blog in the past, and I ask you, please go here, to Erica's guestbook to send some love and prayers of strength and understanding to both she and her husband Billy.

25 comments:

  1. I am so sorry...praying for Faith's family. For all of you. Praying through tears...

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  2. Oh I am in tears right now. HLHS hits home for since Sami had that. So so sad for your cousin Erica and your family. Just doesn't seem fair that this had to happen to your family again.
    Praying for your family ((HUGS)).

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  3. Oh my gosh..... I've thought of little Faith often, and have wondered how she was doing after you wrote about that big surgery she was having quite a while ago. My thoughts are with you and your whole family. I am sure that your cousin will lean on you, because no one understands better than someone who has been there themself. (((hugs))) I am so, so sorry.....

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  4. I am so sorry to hear this. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. ((HUGS)) When you have time please send me Erica's full name & address and I will mail her a handkerchief.
    dpucci9972@gmail.com

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  5. I am so very, very sorry. Holding your cousin and you all this very difficult time.

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  6. Oh my goodness, Kristin...I don't know what to say other than I too am so very, very sorry for your family...they will definitely stay in my prayers and I must admit...the anger at the injustice of so many things is high on my list these days. Just don't get it and though I know we can't, it still is so upsetting and infuriating. I am just so sorry....

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  7. Sending prayers...

    I'm so sorry for your cousin and your family. Absolutely heartbreaking.

    I will never, EVER understand it.

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  8. This is so tragic. My hearts is broken for your families. Please know that I will be praying for your cousin.

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  9. I am so sorry... I'll be keeping your entire family, especially Erica, in prayer.

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  10. I left a message for them. I am so sorry. I will pray for the entire family.

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  11. I am so sorry...so sorry.

    Denise

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  12. Oh Kristin, I am so sorry, sorry for you and so sorry for your cousin. The world is so cruel. Thinking of you and your family.

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  13. Prayers to your family. I am so sorry. (((hugs)))

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  14. I am so incredibly sorry! I left a comment on their page. Will definitely pray for them <3

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  15. So sorry to hear this xxx Someone I know also lost her newborn baby to undiagnosed HLHS a few hours after birth. It's devastating.

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  16. I am so heartbroken for your cousin & your entire family. I am sad to know they have entered this world of pain and grief.

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  17. No words can express the sorrow that i feel for the child. My prayers are with your family.

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  18. My heart is broken for your entire family. My prayers are with you all.

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  19. My heart is broken for you and for them. :'(

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  20. It was just on the news that a baby (4 weeks old today) is fighting infant leukemia here in Vancouver. I thought of you and your sweet Peyton immediately. Please keep baby Molly in your prayers, too...

    http://www.timescolonist.com/health/Family+life+turned+upside+down+baby+leukemia/4040443/story.html

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  21. Prayers and Tears to you and the family.

    Warmly,
    Georgiann

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  22. I'm so very sorry. My heart goes out to her parents and, to you and your husband as well. Children should never have to go through these things and, their parents shouldn't have to watch them suffer!. The world is so unfair!

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