I want to thank all of you who supported us and our granddaughter, McKinlee during her illness. Whether it was your good thoughts, donations to the Gofundme campaign we started or promoting the campaign. I will appreciate you all of my days.

I am heartbroken to tell you that McKinlee died on Tuesday, May 2.

Her time on earth was short, but fierce. She fought every single day of her life. In the end, she succumbed to CHD.

I will be forever grateful that I got to share time on earth with McKinlee. Her presence generated infinite love and we need all the love we can get.

I will be back soon, but we are going to need to cling to each other as a family for a while and figure out how life works now.

Be good to each other. Go kiss someone you love. Squeeze them and let them know how happy you are that they exist.

We need more love in the universe.

Add your comments below. Profanity is encouraged, but not required. ;)
  1. SusanG says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss.

  2. Brooke Wilson Hurman says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story of this brave little one. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  3. Oh, Michelle. My heart hurts for you and your family. Wishing you strength and peace.

  4. lori says:

    I am so sorry . Gentle hugs to you all.

  5. Mary says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss. May you find comfort and strength in knowing others care.

  6. Cheryl says:

    To you and your family I offer sincere condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.
    May you find the comfort in all of the memories you have of McKinlee; she came into your life for a reason.
    I hope, in time, you will remember her with gentleness and gratitude.
    Please convey my sympathies to her parents.
    Be well and take care of each other.

  7. Ali says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss, Michelle. Sending huge hugs to you and your family…

  8. Billie says:

    Michelle, please accept my sincerest condolences on your heartbreaking loss, and I offer across the ethers all my love that it may be of comfort to you,

  9. Sherri says:

    the biggest hugs and prayers to you all.

  10. MJ says:

    Dear Michelle, I am so sorry to hear this news. My heart breaks for McKinlee’s mom and dad. Cyber hug to all of you. We are going through difficult times right now too with a nephew’s micro preemie born one month ago at 500 grams.

    • Michelle says:

      I am sending healing thoughts to your new little one. I hope your little preemie grows big and strong. And thank you so much for your kind words. xo

  11. Harry says:

    I am so sorry to read this. I wish your family strength.

  12. Sue says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the memory of the love you shared sustain you.

  13. Stacy says:

    Wrapping you and your family in white light, love and happy memories.

  14. Haralee says:

    I am so sorry for your loss to you and your entire family.

  15. BarbaraM says:

    My heart is breaking for your loss. Our profound condolences to you both and McKinlee’s parents and other family members. So much love, so little time.

  16. It’s a terrible thing when words fail me, especially here where words are all we have.
    I hope, though, that you can feel how much comfort I wish I could offer to you–to all of you–at this time.

  17. Dara says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all who were touched by and privileged to know that fierce little Angel McKinlee. Be at peace little one.

  18. Shani says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers!

  19. Melinda says:

    Well that just sucks. It is SO fucked up of the universe to take one so young. I hope you and your family can find some peace. Don’t worry about us; we’ll be here when you come back.

  20. Doug in Oakland says:

    Please remember to take care of yourself while going through the process of grieving and holding your family together. You did what you could for McKinlee while she was here, and someday you will be proud of that, even as it hurts. Awful, awful news, though, it’s weird, I had this feeling yesterday that everything was going a little too smoothly, but I wasn’t thinking about McKinlee. Now I am.

  21. marisette says:

    My condolences to you and your family. I know from personal experience how devastating the loss of a child is. From your recent posts I guess that McKinlee’s family lives in the Pittsburgh area, where I live. If ever they need someone to talk to who has made it through, I would be happy to help. I wish you strength.

  22. Amy Kepler says:

    My most sincere condolences to you and your family, Michelle. Wishing you peace.

  23. Oh, Michelle – my heart stopped when I read this. Sending you and your family so much love right now.

  24. I hope it is the aggregate of all of us here supporting you in the next days and weeks. It is definitely not the same world it was on April 1, and we all know that.

  25. Stef says:

    Oh honey. I am so, so sorry.

    Sending a big tearful hug.

  26. Cindy Hall says:

    Tears in my eyes reading this short eloquent post, Michelle.
    I’m behind and had no idea you were going through this in your life.
    Look after yourself and your loved ones, and when you do blog again, wait until you know you’re ready.
    We will be here.

  27. Katy Kozee says:

    Much love to you and your family. I’m so sorry you had to deal with this loss – probably the worst kind.

  28. Michele says:

    Oh I am so sorry. Your heart must be broken. I have a granddaughter myself and I can not imagine. I do not know you, but you are in my heart and my thoughts.

  29. Michelle, So very sorry.

  30. Denise says:

    Oh Michelle, I’m so, so sorry. There are no words, but I’m sending love and light to you and Randy and your family.

  31. Me says:

    Oh Michelle – I am so sad to read this this morning. Sending so much love to you, Randy and your family. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. You are all in my thoughts xox

  32. Alana says:

    A heartbreaking loss. May you find healing and peace, love and comfort.

  33. Kate says:

    ❤❤❤ Sending love and comfort to your family, Michelle.

  34. Nancy DiMattia says:

    Oh Michelle, I am soo so sorry! My heart is broken for you and yours! I am sending light and love. I wish I were there to give you a hug and make you some spaghetti.

  35. Pat says:

    When I read this I said Oh NO! My deepest sympathies to your entire family on this heartbreaking loss. Hugs

  36. Colleen says:

    So very truly sorry for your loss. There are no words…

  37. Onlyme says:

    So very sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Be together. Heal.

  38. Mary-Anne says:

    Hugs and prayers to all of you as you grieve and remember the short love filled life of that dear little girl.

  39. Spiked Lee says:

    Oh, no. My heart breaks for you and your family, the loss of a child is so unspeakable.
    My heart, prayers, and love to you and yours.

  40. Oh No, I am so very very sorry for your loss.