Madi­son’s story about Lexi

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

AS part of a re­cent DonateLife writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Madi­son Goss (12) penned a short story based on her bat­tle with can­cer at age two. She wrote it from the per­spec­tive of a mother re­flect­ing on her sick daugh­ter ‘Lexi’.

We live at the hos­pi­tal. Poor Lexi ac­tu­ally thinks it’s her home.

Dr Stevens says she is too sick and weak to leave.

Our eyes are fixed on that pager.

My hands are sweat­ing from grip­ping it too firmly.

I’m wait­ing un­til it no­ti­fies us; wait­ing for some­one’s fam­ily to de­cide to save our two-year-old’s life.

Ly­ing in the hos­pi­tal bed, Lexi watches SpongeBob while the Stage IV can­cer eats away her tiny liver. We know she doesn’t have much longer.

Our porce­lain hearts will shat­ter.

We will feel the bro­ken pieces pierc­ing through our chest if she leaves us.

Writ­ing po­ems helps me through my pain. To­day, I write:

“Day af­ter day, tear af­ter tear, we are los­ing our hope and gain­ing more fear. Lexi is get­ting weaker. “All of our hap­pi­ness is fad­ing. “She no longer smiles. I’m so tired of wait­ing. “We have been wait­ing too long. “I haven’t been feel­ing very

strong. Will any­one come to save the day? It seems like noth­ing will hap­pen any­way.”

Just as I write the very last sen­tence, I hear an un­ex­pected buzzing sound that is fa­mil­iar.

Lexi glances at the pager and then she looks back at me.

“Mummy. Mummy, why is it do­ing that? I want to hold it,” she painfully grins.

Dr Stevens ar­rives and says, “Lexi, you are go­ing to feel much bet­ter soon. I prom­ise.”

She is about to go into a long surgery.

Some­one has cho­sen to do­nate the or­gans of their loved one to save another.

We are greatly sad­dened that a fam­ily lost a pre­cious per­son in their lives, but they are our true he­roes.

Madi­son Goss as a tod­dler.

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