Dear was always close with her parents. Maybe a little closer to her mother, because they spent so much time together when she was younger. But when her father fell ill and was diagnosed with leukemia almost 10 years ago, she quickly grew a strong bond with him. Spending countless days in the hospital, she was always by his side. She looked forward to listening to him tell stories of when he was younger, listening to his life lessons, and everything else he had to share. She realized how similar they were. A lot of who she is today, is because of her father.
Her parents retired and moved back to Thailand a few years ago. She was very sad and upset to see them go, since her family was always very close, she figured they would always be together. She pictured herself helping take care of them as they grew older, and she couldn’t picture not being by her dad’s side as he continued to battle cancer. She couldn’t understand why they left, there were so many unanswered questions. But as time passed, and her father was admitted into the hospital more frequently, everything began to start making sense. She realized that the reason they left, wasn’t to leave the family, but rather to let her and her brothers concentrate on their own lives and future. Dear’s father didn’t want them to worry about him anymore. And as the time got closer to saying “goodbye,” he just wanted to be back at “home.” Dear’s father passed away on June 6, 2012, and she was lucky enough to be able to visit them in Thailand a month before his passing. It was definitely a trip to remember. She recalls how happy he was to see his grandson, Brenin. His face just lit up with so much joy, even though she knew how much pain he was battling with, due to leukemia. Dear remembers one day her, her husband, Paul, and her father went out for a drive, and he told them how his spirits are strong, but his body had died a while ago, and that he was just happy to be able to wake up each morning. He then told them how happy he was to see them as a strong and happy family. He said to them that he wasn’t worried about them, that he knew they would always have each other. Being the youngest and the only girl out of three, she felt as though this was probably his closure, to know that all of his children will be okay. Dear realized that this could be the last time she saw him.
When he passed a month after her visit, Dear was back in Thailand for his funeral. As sad as she was, she was overwhelmed by how many lives he had impacted. To see all of his friends and family who came to pay their respects, made her realize that everyone else also knew what an amazing man he was.
Once Dear returned home from Thailand, she didn’t know what to do, what to say, or how to feel. There was just an emptiness inside of her. Then one day on the verge of tears, something just clicked. She knew her father would be upset to see her so sad, so she wanted to change that. As she reminisced about all the wonderful moments they had together, she remembered how he was such a caring and giving man, and she wanted his legacy to live on. Dear finally found what she wanted to do, what she was meant to do…Dear wanted to find a way to help others who are battling leukemia. So she decided to join the Team in Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and ran her first 10k and 15k, to help raise money for cancer research. Her father always had a way of turning a negative into a positive, and she knew that this would be something he would be proud of. Dear started her training with barely being able to run a mile straight, but with her father in her thoughts, she had the strive to keep pushing, and finished her first race last November. She continues to train, run and raise money with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Team in Training, in hopes to find a cure, so that no one will ever have to go through what her family and other families have gone through during these battles.
Dear is in her 30′s, is a mommy of a 20 month old and loving it! She is honest, caring, and strong. She enjoys cooking and loves to run!
Beauty Tip: Smile from within. It’s the most beautiful and genuine thing a person can do.
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Thank you so much Dear for sharing your story. I hope you enjoyed the Beautiful experience!
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