A Princess in Pink

Today I am wearing pink.

While this isn’t abnormal (and on Wednesdays we wear pink), today is a little more special. You see I met this pretty special little girl two years ago that changed the lives of anyone who knew her, her parents, or her story.

Photo courtesy of Princess D foundation.

So today I wanted to share her story as I wear pink for a Princess.

Delilah Kennedy Watts was born on April 25th 2013, in Kingsport, Tennessee. She weighed 1 pound and 3 oz. From the moment Delilah came into the world she was a beacon on love, light, and the true power of God. Delilah spent much of her life at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she affectionately became known as Princess Delilah. Her personality and spirit where truly infectious, she could have you wrapped around her finger the first time you met her. Delilah overcame many trials and obstacles while here on Earth, her ability to overcome these challenges was a true testament to Gods power. Delilah suffered from a disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). PAH is a result of the overproduction of the cells which line the network of vessels which are responsible for oxygenating our tissues and organs, causing the vessels to narrow. The narrowing of these vessels can continue to the point where some of the vessels will become blocked completely. The narrowing and blocking of these vessels reduces the lungs ability to oxygenate the blood within the body, which lowers oxygen levels throughout the body. PAH also causes the right side of the heart to work harder to pump blood into the lungs, which enlarges and weakens the heart. Even with the issues resulting from PAH Delilah overcame many challenges and survived longer than modern medicine claimed would happen. We see this as Gods way of allowing Delilah to remain here on Earth to accomplish what he intended for her to do. Everyone who came into contact with Delilah will tell you was truly an amazing experience to behold. Seeing this tiny child impact those who met her personally, and those who came to know her through hearing her story is truly a blessing. Ultimately God called Delilah home on May 13th 2014, where she can rest in His arms, free of pain and struggle for Eternity.

This little girl was a force to be reckoned with as she brought together people and hearts, in order to love more and love fully. People who had not seen or talked to one another in 10 years or more united to love on her, pray for her, and for her parents. She was a gift to us all, to remind us that what matters isn’t our schedules or our to-do lists. What matters most is the people in our lives, the relationships we have, the ones we need to mend and the ones we need to work on.

So when I see pink these days, whether in a sunset or a flower, I think of this Princess that graced our lives for a time. To make us more aware of being present and the people in our lives. I think about just how lucky I was, and many others who know her or her story, that God let this angel light up our lives.

Today on the one year angelversary of this little girl I wear pink. For her. For her parents. For all of those who grieve the loss to PAH and those continuing the long battle with this. I wear pink today to serve as a reminder that this little fierce girl changed lives and hearts for the better, and she continues to do so even while she is not present with us here on earth.

I share her story with you today because I truly believe people matter, no matter how small or how young. They are more than just a means of passing on a name, they are God’s gift to us, no matter the time He has seen fit to allow them with us. I am so thankful to have met this little girl and to know her parents. Her story matters, as her legacy lives on, in each one of us who know her story, her impact…may we all have the fierceness that this little one in pink had, we owe her that in each and every day.

If you would like to know more about the Princess Delilah Foundation, check out their website.

If you would like to know more about PAH, hop over to the American Lung Association’s site.

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