I admire her selflessness.
Esther was brave and generous right up to her last moments. And reading her book has reminded me that the tiny things we complain about are nothing compared to what she and many other children with cancer go through. So what if I have a migraine that feels like ten people are bashing my head with baseball bats! It only lasts a day or two. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal now …
Her compassion for animals stuck with me, too. As a vegan, I am a guaranteed animal adorer. My mum likes to joke that if I ever get arrested, it would likely to be that I was (illegally) rescuing some maltreated animal. Esther stays with you long after you finish her book. This morning, I woke up thinking about her. Thinking how strange it was that I’d never met her, but feeling as if I knew her. Wondering about all the awesome things she could’ve done and wanted to do — be an author (well, now she is!!), help other sick kids. But, something I don’t think she realised is she continues to help people every day by being an inspiration to all that come across This Star Won’t Go Out.
Thanks Esther, for inspiring me and countless others.
(Don’t Forget To Be Awesome)