Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 23

After a long and hard week, around 1:07 this morning we had the sacred experience to be with Rachel as she transitioned from her broken body to a beautiful world free from the pains and sorrows of this mortal life. She was surrounded and held by our family as she received the best early Christmas present she could have ever asked for. The heartbreak we feel is accompanied by both peace and happiness. We are ecstatic that she is no longer bound and trapped inside her physical body, free from the suffering and misery she has endured. 


I will continue to update her blog as I have promised, and will make sure to post her obituary and information about funeral services. Thanks for all of your comments, love, prayers, and support over the last three years. 



(photo credit: Jane Groom)

48 comments:

  1. Fly High Rachel you have earned your Angel wings. You were a true hero down here, now you are an Angel up there. After 18 months battling DIPG, my 18 years old son flew to Heaven on the first of August. Meet my Tarek in Heaven. You are proud DIPG fighters. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

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  2. I'm very sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful picture filled with hope and joy!

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  3. Rachel I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and for having a chance to get to know you. I will miss your smile and laughter. You have always impressed me with your courage and strength. You truly are an amazing woman. I remember one interaction where I was telling you how pretty you were and you laughed and told me you were ugly asking me if I was blind. I want to reiterate and expand on what I said that day. You were never ugly Rachel. You my friend are gorgeous. Absolutely mesmerizing, a wonder and the very definition of beauty. You are and always will be a testament of a Supreme Creator. A blessing and a hint of the beauty that is to come. Welcome to heaven Rachel

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  4. I'm sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to be nervous about someone and caring for them. I have a cousin with bone cancer, she has her BIG surgery tomorrow (she's getting one of her legs removed!) I'm so nervous! What should I do to cheer her up?
    -Taylor

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  5. I never knew you in person but I followed your blog and thought of you often. God bless you, friend. May you be free from pain and joyful in the arms of the ultimate love in paradise. Sew Jesus an awesome outfit!!

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  6. The world is a far more boring place without sweet Rachel. I've never met her and my heart is broken, how must you feel? I am not sorry for Rachel as she is in a far better place and will enjoy everlasting life. I'm sorry for her family. You will see her again. So much love and prayers.

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  7. DIPG is such a tragedy, known best by those that have lived this terrible disease and watched their loved ones be drained of that spark of life...

    Rachel, may have been taken, but that glow she had for those that she loved continued beyond the passing of her body...

    I wish I had answers for this process that destroys lives for all, including those that live on without this special being in their lives...

    But, we do...

    It is a different life, deeper, less glamour about the world, filled with meaning in a meaningless world...

    Rachel showed people this...

    What Truly matters...

    And She Does...

    Hugs from Australia and our DIPG Community...

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  8. Oh I dreaded the time when this post would come. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. She seemed such a character & a huge blessing!

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  9. Oh I dreaded the time when this post would come. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. She seemed such a character & a huge blessing!

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  10. Oh I dreaded the time when this post would come. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. She seemed such a character & a huge blessing!

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  11. She is free! She feels no more pain. You were with her to the end and she felt your love right up until her final moment. Although I never met her, I can tell Rachel was a wonderful person. May you be comforted by your most cherished memories of her.

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  12. I started following your sweet sister just after my son was diagnosed with DIPG last November, he went to heaven in June. We share the same faith and also live in Utah. Our hearts are broken with yours and our prayers are with you all.

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  13. Oh, sweet Rachel! You have inspired me and encouraged me and been an example to thousands. Your legacy of faith, endurance, and love will live on. Sweet S family, how I love you all and will be praying for you. I know heaven is real and it is closer than we think. Now, to live as Rachel did so we can be where she is!

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  14. Our hearts ache with your family!! Hugs! Grateful for the knowledge of the gospel!!

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  15. I am so sorry for your loss. I have never met Rachel in person but by following her blog, you get to know her. She was such an inspiration for everyone, strong, full of joy and laughter. I will never forget you!

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  16. I have been following Rachel for a couple of years now, shortly after my blessed, beautiful nephew was diagnosed.
    Rachel, you have given so many children more gifts than you can know.
    Because of you, I will continue to do hard things. Your memory, spirit and legacy will live on.
    Blessings and prayers to your whole family.

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  17. http://www.prayersforrachel.com/2012/08/jordyn-and-rachel-forever.html?m=1

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  18. I'm sending you love from Poland. My thoughts are with you. Rachel will be remembered all over the world.

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  19. What a beautiful girl dear Rachel is. My heart aches for your family and the difficult days ahead of you. Rachel brought me strength when our family lost our infant son, and I know she will continue to bring that strength to your beautiful family from the other side of the veil. May God be with all of you til you meet again.

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  20. If anyone could beat this disease it would be Rachel. I was very hopeful, when she testified to the benefits of her alternative treatments, and contrasted it with the chemo treatments. She has taught me that alternative treatments work, and prolong life. I am grateful to Rachel for her honesty. She fought a good fight. Rest in peace.

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  21. I never knew Rachel, but I've followed her story for a few years now and she reminded me that I can do hard things. If I feel her loss, I can't imagine what it's like for her family. Thinking of you.

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  22. I only recently started following your blog in fact it was yesterday. Since then I thought of you a lot. When I heard about you passing away I was upset you sounded like an inspirational, courageous woman. Fly high in heaven and be free of pain rest in peace :)

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  23. My prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your sweet girl.

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  24. You can do hard things! You left your sweet family here on earth. Thank goodness for the knowledge that families can be together for ever. Sorry for the sweet end of this precious spirit's life. Blessings and prayers for the family.

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  25. So many prayers and thoughts for your family right now. I love the picture you posted with this sad news. The joy. That she's going up. That she's free and happy.

    Thank you for your example Rachel. I can't even express how I feel, and I only really knew you through other people. But you touched their lives, and they loved you SO much. Thank you for letting us inside your struggle. For being honest. I am so glad that you are now being enveloped in the arms of a Savior who loves you, and family members who have been sustaining you and cheering you on. What a beautiful reunion it must be.

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  26. Terrible news but also such a relief for Rachelđź’– thoughts go out to you and the rest of her family x

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  27. I only started following your blog recently. I'm so sorry for your loss. Rachel has touched and inspired so many people... including me. Your family is loved by so many people. I hope you can feel some of that love.

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  28. Sending lots of love and peace to your entire family.

    I have so enjoyed reading this blog and feeling the spunky spirit of Rachel. I stopped checking in when her posts became few and far between. Recently her name just popped into my head "must check on Rachel! ". I was saddened to see that she was so sick.

    My heart dropped at todays post. I am so sad and yet so relieved that she is free of pain. I will never, ever forget her.

    Linda

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  29. So sorry for your loss Rachel's family. I do not know you or Rachel personally. I do not even know how I stumbled upon dear Rachel's blog way back in 2012, but some how I did. I checked in each week saying a little prayer for her each time I read a new post for her's. As I knew the odds of DPIG were not good. I prayed that some how that she would be that miracle, that a cure would come in time.

    She was a true inspiration of strength and never giving up and just telling it how it was threw her writing. She had spunk and a sense of humor. She had more courage then most adults have in 80 years of life in her short years. Much love to you her family during this hard time.

    Happy early Christmas Eve Rachel, fly high angel, you are free now, fly high.

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  30. I'm so sorry, what a bright, positive, lovely young woman. She will be missed.

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  31. Dear Stratton family--

    Merry Christmas.

    May you always remember the birth and sacrifice of Jesus Christ that allows us to live forever. The Tabernacle Choir sings a song that brings me great comfort in times of loss....I have included the link below. Part of the lyrics state "My soul doth long to go where I may fully know the glory of my Savior. And as I pass along I'll sing the Christian song, I'm going to live forever!"

    May you find comfort in the exceptional life your daughter led...the Wise family

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-KzylW67jc

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  32. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

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  33. I'm in tears reading this. I felt like I've grown to know her personally over these past couple years. What an amazing girl. What an amazing family. May God comfort your family as you grieve the loss of a truly remarkable soul.

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  34. I'm sorry for your loss. I just can't believe even if we all knew it will happen. I think deep down we all had hope. I'm so sad. I'm sending lots of love. She will be missed.

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  35. Sending Prayers and thoughts from Northern Ireland. Rachel was a beautiful and inspirational young woman. I'm sorry for your loss

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  36. Oh, lovely Rachel! Thank you. You have inspired me beyond belief and your beautiful, sweet words have been cherished over all this time by me and all the other readers of your blog. Wherever you are now, enjoy yourself. Spread your love and kindness with that amazing smile on your face which we all love. Rest in peace, lovely Rachel.
    Family and friends, I'm sending love to you all. X

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  37. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your wisdom and wit during your journey! I hope Heaven is more than you ever imagined it would be! Your sweet family is in my thoughts and prayers! So glad that you can run again! ❤️

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  38. Beautiful girl. So very sorry for your loss.

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  39. Rachel sounds like a truly beautiful, funny, and wonderful person. I wish you and your family did not have to experience such a tremendous loss; it is absolutely unfair. Thinking of your family this holiday season. I donate to DIPG research in hopes that a cure can be found for this terrible disease.

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  40. It's so crazy... I never even "met" Rachel and only know her from reading her blog. I ran in to Target last night to pick up a few things, a quick stop on my way home from work before I picked my son up from the babysitter, so I was hurrying, and I saw a girl down at the other end of the aisle and she had a pep in her step and I though to myself "Oh, is that Rachel?" I was then processing why I thought that, was I crazy for thinking I was seeing someone who I really didn't even know? and better yet, I had to remind myself that she had passed away. I'm in Ohio, not even close to you, but I just wanted you to know that Rachel's spirit lives on.... I bet she is going to have such a celebration in heaven this Christmas. Thinking of your family.

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