She Smiled And She Conquered
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She Smiled And She Conquered

The last time I wrote a song it was for someone who in my mind, had gone too soon, and I wrote it simply because this young lady had so tenderly touch my life; my heart, I was entrenched in her simplicity and sense of acceptance.

Candy Harris was a young and bright vision of loveliness, the engraved image of youthful femininity, she was always smiling, and often reminded me of a fairy tale rather than something that was real. Her story is not complicated, it is just sad, and for those of us who knew her, the one thing that will always come to mind is her friendly but guarded smile.

Candy led a pretty normal life as a twelve year old, and from all counts had what looked like a promising future, she attended school and had friends, played games and enjoyed snacks in packs. She thoroughly enjoyed a KFC snack pack, and often liked to go to the mall just to hang out with family and friends. Every Sunday morning she would attend Sunday school, and later on Service with her family, everything was just fine and dandy.

Then one day her mother turned up at Church minus Candy, and everyone was concerned, her mother explained later that Candy was experiencing abdominal pains, and needed to be in bed so that she could get some rest as even the slightest bit of exertion, rendered her tired. This was a sudden turn around for this young lady, and what followed was a series of prayers on her behalf. Candy was two months later after much testing and prodding pronounced with an unusual growth in her lower abdomen, that was the bad news; the good news was that it was benign.

She had to be fully hospitalized, and biopsies were done with samples sent to several labs for verification, her team of doctors were simply baffled, and seemed hard pressed to recommend any stable form of medication. They even ruled out surgery, and eventually she was moved to a children's hospital where she could receive specialized treatment. My wife and I visited and bought stuff that both Candy and her mother had need of; her mother had to be with her continuously as she could not afford to hire a full time nurse.

At this point Candy could not move on her own, and due to the pressure brought about by the now growing mass in her abdomen, she had to wear pampers all the time as control of her bladder movements slowly dwindled. Through all of this, she never lost her smile, and I stood amazed by this young innocent child, who was as graceful as a grown adult in the face of uncertain odds. I asked her once if there was anything I could get for her, and she both surprised and humbled me by requesting a video of songs for her with me as the artiste, after singing 'Dance With My Father Again' by Luther Vandross for her, I delivered the video.

She was happy, and by her mom's report Candy listened to and looked at that video regularly, little did I know that I was playing a part in her preparation to depart from this world.

Two months later the doctors finally admitted that this growth was cancerous and decided to do surgery, they told Candy's mom that chemo and other drugs were not working as expected, by this time Candy had lost a lot of weight and had problems in swallowing as well as digesting her meals. You could tell that she was experiencing more pain and discomfort, and even though they give her a temporary break from the hospital, Candy had to be moved in a static position always upright with her legs apart.

The pain we all felt for this young angel, was in words extremely hard to explain, we never thought that some thing like this could happen to someone like her, Candy came out of surgery alive, but twenty four hours after, she died. Her mother was in a state of disbelief, and my wife and I had to support and assist her in getting around, and making arrangements for Candy's funeral.

I cried uncontrollably, and it was more than when my father had died several years ago, the one comfort we all held on to was the fact that Candy was now free from the pain and suffering, and even now; every now and then, I still remember the smile that melted my heart, and made me glad just to have known her.


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