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Kathryn Bradley was born on 2/5/91 and given a Hawaiian name Kahiwalani meaning "Gift From Heaven" She has been a special gift from the day she was born.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A day without Kathryn 2-2-12

A day without Kathryn 2-2-12

The sun was just starting to come through Kathryn’s window as she quietly went to sleep. I’m so glad it was a beautiful day. We are also happy that she went so very peacefully.

So many of you have written such beautiful things about our precious daughter and sister. I truly appreciate each and every word. Her eyes did sparkle and her smile could light up any heart. She was amazing, happy and full of life. Her life here on Earth is now over but she inspired so many people in so many ways that her life isn’t really over at all. She is here in each and everyone of us. She would want us all to live happy lives. To live each moment as if it were the last. To love one another. To give generously to those less fortunate in any way. She would want us to find the good in each and every day. Our words should include thank you and how wonderful. I thank all of you for sharing with us your love for Kathryn (Panda).

This evening while the sky was still blue and the air crisp the three remaining team members took a walk with Princess. It was nice. Then later we gave a team hug and vowed to stay close and love one another more than ever. This is what Kathryn would want.

As her Mom my heart is broken. I know Scott and Richard fill the same empty hole in their hearts too. But we must remember that Kathryn would be so sad if we didn’t find our happiness. It may take time but we will find it. Our hole will never be filled but we will learn to live even if it is only with half of the spirit Kathryn had. Half of her spirit is huge so that is good.

I will continue to post to keep you updated.
Love, Laugh and Live - We have all heard these three words together. Now take them to heart and really Love, really laugh out loud and live like there is no tomorrow.


  1. Laurie (Anderson) WatsonFebruary 3, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Carol, I have been reading about Kathryn daily and I just opened it up now and said "OH NO" but I guess it's true. What a sweet young woman you raised. I am so sorry for your loss.
    This would just about destroy me, but I know how strong you are and I totally respect you and your family how hard you all fought for Kathryn and nursed her and practically willed her to live. I'm sure she felt so much love from everyone and what a pleasant departure. I remember this morning how the sun did come out so beautifully and I did think of Kathryn and how she would be doing and I just got a very warm and peaceful feeling and I thought she is smiling. May God rest her soul, I know everyone will miss her until you meet again, and you will be with her one glorious day in Heaven. Thank you for sharing her life with us!Love you all, Laurie

  2. Well said Carol. Kathryn is smiling down on her wonderful mother! I cannot imagine what you're going through. May God give you and your family peace during this very trying time.

    - Carol Mathewson

  3. The Yamamoto familyFebruary 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Thank you Carol for your beautiful words. It's just so like you and your family to be reaching out to comfort us when your own hearts are broken. It's easy to see where Kathryn got her beautiful spirit from. We know she's looking down on Team Bradley and cheering you on to continue strong as always. We appreciate that you will continue posting. Your words are so inspirational to us and that photo of Kathryn always makes us smile. We will honor Kathryn and really love, laugh and live. Hugs dear Bradleys.

  4. You, the Bradley Team, have been so courageous and have experienced a depth of love enjoyed by few families... and your circle of true friends is amazing. Seeing you at the hospital, reading your blog, and hearing your emotion on the phone makes us proud to know you. As sad as we feel, we will try, as we know you will, to remember a cheerful, brave, creative little sweetheart who enriched all of our lives.

    Love from Bill and Debbie

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this entire journey. I am hoping that it provides some measure of peace for you and I know it is such a priviledge for all of us that are included. We love you.

  6. Carol, Scott, & Richard,
    What an inspiration you all are. Your strength, grace, and love for each other is a true testament as to what a family is. As the Yamamoto family said, leave it to you to be sharing words of comfort to everyone else. Kathryn's beautiful spirit will live on strongly through you, and all those who knew and loved her. The shining presence of her spirit will live on forever.

    I did my heart good to see you all walking together as a family last night and I was so happy to be able to give you all a big hug. It truly showed your strength as a family to take those steps out together.

    Thank you Carol, for sharing the most intimate, difficult, and heart breaking journey a family can make with each of us. Know you are loved by so many, and our prayers will continue to lift you up as you begin this new path of the journey.

    Much love and hugs to each of you.