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Life and Loss Online – Megan Smith

I have received a few emails in the last couple of days from a friend reaching out on behalf of a family trying to rally some prayers for a loved one. I clicked through and read the story of a brand new mom being diagnosed with Leukemia literally while she was in labor with her first born little girl. They took Megan Smith directly from labor and delivery in an ambulance to the cancer institute and began more tests.

She fought there for the last 4 months and passed away this morning at 12:50 a.m. leaving behind a sweet young husband (who has been posting at, and a brand new little girl named Rylee.

Daylight savings woke me at 5:15 a.m. today and I read her update in my inbox. I’ve been thinking about her all morning. I’ve never met her. But I’ve been thinking about her husband, their little daughter, her parents, the people who loved her. And thinking about how there are so many stories and people we would have never known had they not been sharing them online. It makes the world a smaller place. Sometimes it makes the world a scarier place. But all in all I think that each of us has a platform and the power to influence people for good – which is exactly what Megan and Ryan Smith did by sharing their story.

I’m so sorry for their loss today. As you can imagine, they have a mounting pile of medical expenses and there has been a fund set up for them here.

Thanks Ryan for sharing Megan’s life and smile with us. Thinking of you today –

To read more about Megan – visit

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  1. Janet Calltharp 10/14/2011 at 9:44 am

    My prayers are with this family: prayers for strength and for understanding. It is impossible for us to understand how such things can happen. I am so sorry for this family’s loss. I will forward on his website to others.

  2. Jen Crozier 11/10/2010 at 10:01 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to this family. So young, so soon, so sad…

  3. Lindsay @ Just My Blog 11/10/2010 at 2:09 pm

    What a sad story! I hate to think that life can end so quickly leaving children without parents or vice versa. I try to remember that in my darkest moments…when I’m so frustrated with my kids that I can’t stand it. I remember that we might not have forever and that I should cherish each and every day.

  4. Nancywithajones 11/09/2010 at 1:02 am

    God Bless them. Many prayers and thoughts to him and their little girl. wow. Makes you so grateful for what you have and hug your hubby and little ones a little tighter huh? One should always be so grateful and thankful for their health.

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