July 2007 my cousin Samantha Gonski went to the ER with a head injury. What followed next was 2 yrs of hope, prayers, surgeries, crying, and laughing. She was diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma. A very aggresive tumor.
Sam was a selfless and amazing young woman. She endured aggresive chemo and radiation and was always there when you needed her. Once she took my youngest son to the dentist for me (an urgent visit) and when I returned from work dinner was cooking and a cake was even baked. She was always telling me that she would come over to my house and cook dinner once a week. I did not want to impose as I knew she was not well. Maybe I should have. For Christmas 2008, she loved Christmas, she gave me candles and a coupon book for home cooked dinners once a week. There were about 52 coupons to use, I wish I would have cashed them in.
Samantha lost her brave battle on November 18, 2009. She was at home surrounded by family when she left us. I never knew I could hurt so much and thought the hole in my heart would never be filled. Samantha was always taking my sons somewhere. At one point it was her, her brother Franky and my older son Jeffrey always going somewhere when she got her drivers license. She loved the Philadelphia Mummers Parade as she was a participant for many years with a local Stringband. You see, we reign from South Philadelphia. To know Sam was to know someone who would give you the shirt off of her back, literally. I miss her everyday. I do know she is not alone where ever she may be. My mom Ellen Banning went to join her Feb 6th 2011. She also lost her brave battle with colon cancer. I miss them more than words can say.