When Brooke and Keith Desserich’s 6-year-old daughter, Elena, was diagnosed with cancer, the Cincinnati couple didn’t want her to know the severity of her illness. Doctors told the parents their daughter had just months to live. And as the tumor ravaged her body and took away her ability to talk, they knew she knew what was happening. And Elena was still able to write. After Elena passed away, her parents discovered that their daughter had left a message behind for them — a lot of messages, actually. They started to pull out notes from between CDs or between books on a bookshelf. Then the couple started finding them everywhere. The notes, short and usually with words like “I love you…”, are still being found — and there have been hundreds. But Elena’s parents each hold onto a sealed note they’ve never opened. They say they always want to know that there’s one more note that they haven’t read yet. The Desserich have told their daughter’s story in a book, with profits going to a cancer foundation.
(From Justin): Love your children, hug your children, and train them in the way they should go. The book’s name is “Notes Left Behind”.