Monday, June 21, 2010

Lincoln Darien Hammett

We lost the baby of our hospital family yesterday. Baby Lincoln. I am so sad to report this, and I know many of you said prayers for him and always asked me how he was doing.
He lost his battle with leukemia in the comfort of his own home, very sadly on Father's Day. And all day long, on Father's Day, I could think of little else but Darien Hammett, and how he had just lost his son...the air force fighter, who fought the leukemia for months and months and surprised everyone with his strength.

I met the Hammett family shortly after Ally was diagnosed. Lincoln was diagnosed just about 2 months before Ally. He also had ALL. We spent many a day in the hospital next to their room. On quite a few of those days, the only thing that would make Ally smile...was Lincoln. She loved to go see him...he brightened up so many peoples lives. He was an angel on earth, I swear it. Fighting leukemia and chemo and fevers, but lighting up with a smile for his Baby Einstein shows or for a nurses face or for his Mama.

We have not told Ally yet. But tomorrow we are due down to the hospital. She is getting a spinal tap and her chemo and monthly antibiotic. She is starting back up on steroids, and an oral chemo called 6-MP. As soon as we get there, she usually asks about Lincoln. And we are going to have to explain, yet again, what has happened. For the third time this year...for her to lose a friend....but many more are lost that we don't even know. I hate this disease.

Rest in peace Baby Lincoln. You were so loved by so many people and someday we will meet again.

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  1. I'll be praying for your strength today, what a job you have ahead of you.

  2. I, too, am praying for strength for you, and for Ally as she hears the news. I am sad for this family - and for all of you - as you grieve this loss. You are right - one day you will see him again, but what a difficult thing to go through on this side of heaven. Thinking of you all...

  3. I have a little boy who just turned one on Friday. I cannot even imagine. I will keep that sweet baby, his family and yours in my prayers and I will hug my baby boy a little tighter tonight.

  4. Sending prayers for you, Allie, your family, Lincoln's family, and all of the hospital family.