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My Butterfly, My Hero

On March the 5th 1999 the biggest hero in my life was born. Tia Irene Durand came into this world weighting 1 lb. 13 oz. She was about the size of a liter of soda. The doctors said she would be stillborn, but despite her size and much to everyone’s amazement not only was she alive but she lived for 10 days. I have never felt so helpless yet at the same time as proud of anyone in my entire life as I was watching my daughter battle for her life. I often wonder what kind of person she would have been if God had not called her home 12 years ago today. Would she have been pretty and smart like her sister Havynne, maybe she would have been eccentric yet talented like her little sister Jamira or would she have been devoted and loyal like her father Jeremy? I’m sure one day I will see her again and I’ll find out, but for now I’m determined to live my life everyday to be just like her strong, courageous, admirable, humble, with integrity and memorable but most of all I want to touch as many people’s lives as I can, in a positive way, each day that I’m on this earth, just as she did. 

In loving memory of Tia Durand, my butterfly and my hero 3/5/1999 to 3/15/1999

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  • PaShunD 03/28/2011 16:52:42

    Thank you Beth and John that means so much to me.

  • JohnD 03/21/2011 08:43:15

    Tia and her siblings have a great mother!
  • BethT 03/18/2011 10:23:58

    She would have been all those things and more, but more importantly I bet she would have been a strong and wonderful person just like her mother!  How proud she must be to look down and say WOW! that's my mom!
  • PaShunD 03/17/2011 10:11:45

    Thank you ladies for the kind words.
  • MelinaC 03/16/2011 22:58:03

    She has made definitely made you a stronger person. I'm sure she is up there rooting and cheering for you everyday! Just keep on living and loving the way you do!!  
  • AdrienneG 03/16/2011 21:40:51

    PaShun, I do not know what to say except that I am sorry.  (hug)
  • PaShunD 03/16/2011 15:42:41

    Thank you Andy
  • AndyL 03/16/2011 12:22:13

    What a heart-wrenching, beautiful post.


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