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On November 21, 2000 I was given the greatest gift, a son. He was absolutely perfect in every way. He was the first and to date, only male Norton born to carry on the name.

Eddie was a normal kid, loved his Daddy. He was a very proud big brother to his baby sister, Brielle. He watched over her and tried to teach her things as they grew. He loved to rough house with anyone would dared to get him hyped up. He also loved  to spend time with his Papa out in his shop, watching him work on cars or tinker with this or that. He loved his Nana, he loved to go to McDonald's for a chicken mcnugget happy meal. He loved his cousin Brook, sometimes he loved to aggravate her, but he also loved her and would be heartbroken if he thought that she didn't want to play with him. His aunt's Sissy and Amber both held a special place in Eddie's heart as well, with the love and patience they showed to him. MawMaw and Poppy were always fun with him. He'd just begun going "coon hunting" with Poppy, having his own hard hat with a light rigged up on top as well as his own dog.

Anyone that met this beautiful human being just fell in love on site. He had a charm about him that drew anyone in. Eddie had a zest  for life that could be equaled by none. Then-the world came crashing down.

On October 7, 2004 he went to see a specialist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to discover what exactly was causing such issues with his headaches and "lazy eye." The specialist immediately scheduled Eddie for a CT scan for later on that afternoon. After anesthesia and the CT scan had been performed, it was imminent that Eddie had a tumor.

After what was initially thought a weak nerve in his eye, was determined CANCER. A brain stem glioma that was inoperable, incurable. At nearly 4 years old, this boy's life had taken on another purpose. It  went from him being such the carefree child every parent adores to having to fight the biggest battle of his life.

We had to go to the Children's ER there at the hospital to meet with oncologists, neurologists and make schedules for treatment and consultations quickly. Eddie's tumor at that time was the size of a golf ball in the pons area of his brain. The brain stem for anyone who doesn't know is basically the part of the brain that leads toward the spine and neck area. So this tumor was  very large in comparison to the size of his brain stem. The very next week began the appointments.

Eddie had been scheduled for 31 daily treatments of radiation. At each appointment for radiation he was "put under" so he could remain perfectly still. He had some days where he would wake up so cranky that he would scream. Along with radiation came the steroids, that made him a little more cranky along with being uncomfortable from gaining weight due to an insatiable appetite. And along with the steroids came the chemotherapy, Temodar, a monthly chemo of sorts. He would take these pills for the first 5 days of every month. Then no more until the next month. He also took two different anti-biotics to help his body fight off any infections from his weakened immune system.

He did very well considering. He completed his radiation and the first scan was set for a month after completion. The whole family waited on pins and needles. After his first scan we were relieved to find that the tumor had shrunk considerably. It had went from the size of a golf ball to the size of a marble roughly.

So we thought he was out of the woods, at least for a while. Everything seemed somewhat back to normal. He went to see the oncologist once every month, had scans every three months. Eddie did have a couple of stints in the hospital due to low platelets and blood counts from the Temodar. Each lasted about a week and then he was free to go.

Then on Mother's Day weekend 2005, Eddie got his wish. We had been working with the Make A Wish foundation to get Eddie's wish granted. He wanted to go to a NASCAR race and meet Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was his favorite driver in the series. So on that weekend, we drove from Sanford, NC to Darlington, SC for the first Mother's Day weekend race for the track. He met so many drivers that at one time we'd lost count. Make A Wish and the escorts affiliated with them were awesome! Then Eddie went to the motorcoach to meet Dale Jr. He was such a wonderful role model that day-staying down low to be on the kids' eye level, which eventually made their shyness disappear. I believe that if Eddie were here today,  that would have been one of the best days and weekends of his life.

Eddie went on to play almost a full season of teeball, something else he wanted to do. He did very well, always hitting the home runs for the team. The last game he played, I noticed that he was starting to develop a small limp. A few days later, his dad called me to ask if he'd been having any trouble breathing or walking. I told him about the limp, but I knew nothing regarding the breathing. This was going to turn out to be the beginning of the end.

Later that same day, Eddie had to be rushed to the local hospital due to respiratory distress. He had to be intubated and transferred to the PICU at UNC-Chapel Hill. That was where he remained for nearly a month. For the first week, things for him looked bleak. Then he started coming back, laughing at things he'd always thought were funny, answering questions with head nods and so forth. The decision was made to extubate him, with no avail. So then the decision was to extubate him another time or have a trach and g-tube inserted to make him more comfortable. That  was a hard decision for any parent to make. Eventually it was agreed upon that he would be more comfortable that way, so after a few hours of surgery, he was more comfortable.

He started improving daily after that. After a few weeks he was able to go home. He went home with hospice care already in place. We all knew in the back of our minds that he didn't have much time left, and we all realized that he would be happiest at home, the place he loved to be. Although Eddie was wheelchair bound due to weakness in the legs and the inability to stand or walk on his own, it didn't slow him down. He wanted to still remain the child he was before this most recent relapse, as I call it.

In late November Eddie started having focal seizures or what the hospice nurse called "molting." He had so many one day that as soon as one stopped, another started. Someone would have to help him through them, reminding him to breathe and tell him he was ok. Then the seizures stopped. He was not really the same after that and three days before his death, he basically went into a coma.

At 9:00 am December 21, 2006 I received the call I'd been dreading. Eddie was living at his dad's house, and I lived about five miles away. His dad told me that I needed to get there as quick as I could, Eddie had been going downhill all night long and was still declining.

When we pulled into the drive, everything was in slow motion. I couldn't even wait for the car to stop before I was out, running up the stairs to my baby. Once inside, I seen the house full of people that knew and loved Eddie, all quiet-somber. His hospice nurse (who I still to this day believe that my son wouldn't be around as long as he was if not for her and her willingness to fight for her patient) was sitting on his bed  with the pulse oxygen machine attatched to his finger. His number's were so low. I knew it was nearing the end quickly. I leaned into his ear and whispered to him how much I loved him and that if he was ready, it would be ok for him to go, I cried and kissed his forhead. My step-dad arrived shortly afterward, and what happened next is purely mezmering for me.

Eddie did not respond really to anyone who talked to him, but when the mountain of a man that my step-dad is walked into the house and went and talked to Eddie, he opened his eyes and looked at him. Then my step-dad came out of the house and my sister and I went in. She  held one hand as I held the other and in a flash, he was gone. No pain, no suffering, his little body just stopped.

At 9:45 am that morning, my son went to be with his Grand Daddy, and his great aunt Diane who'd died just the day before from cancer as well. I prayed to God while my son was in PICU that I needed him to make it past his birthday, and my wish was granted. My son lived exactly 30 days past his 6th birthday. 

Rest in peace my baby, your family loves and misses you dearly each day, but we know where you are therefore we know that you are happy and whole once again! I love you my son, always and forever! We will be together again some glorious day!

*Eddie's family would like to thank everyone who has visited this web page that was created in his memory. Whether you knew Eddie or his family-please light a candle in his memory, and if applicable, in memory of your loved one! Let us never forget that although his life was short-he did not leave anyone who ever met him without a special memory to  remember him by! Again, we thank you!*

 

**This song used to play everytime I would leave or enter the cemetary to "see" Eddie, so I thought it would only be fitting to have it put on here, since my audio misbehaves right now**

My Wish lyrics By Rascal Flatts

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big

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Poems  / Irena Hill (UK) (Nanny to angel Kayleigh Erceg )
Dear Mr Postman,can you send a letter from me, I need it sent from up above to my earthly family Please send it quick, my mummy's sad, I hate to see her cry. Every night she prays to God and sadly asks him why. Please let it say, I could not stay, wi...  Continue >>
JUST PASSING BY.   / RUDI SUPAN (WIFE OF GREG SUPAN )
All Is Well
Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way whi...  Continue >>
Sweet Angel   / Sharon Wolfe (Family Friend )
Miranda, I cant begin to tell you how absolutely wonderful it was to have "lil man" in our lives.He was such a sweet blessing to me.To walk in and see him and give me that crooked little smile or the thumbs up when I would ask him how he w...  Continue >>
JUST WANT TO SAY,,,   / REBECCA MUMMY TO ANGEL CALEB BROOK (PASSER BY )
i just want to say how beautiful your little boy is,how brave he must of been my thoughts are with you x x x
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His legacy
My Wish by Shelliegh Southard  

My Wish
© Shelliegh Southard

My wish this year
Is for you to remain here
I wouldn't know what to do
If forced to lose you

That beautiful smile on your face
Always illuminates a gloomy place
The love that you show me
The way you try to make me see

You will always be my baby boy
That sparkle in your eyes gives me joy
Holding you from the moment you were born
Memories will be comfort, when it's time to mourn

When it's time for you to leave
It will be hard for me to believe
I hope you will feel my last touch
Baby boy, I will miss you so much

If I have to say goodbye
All I will do is cry
Watching my little boy go
My heart will ache with sorrow

When you're gone watch over me
Baby boy make me see
The wings that you earn,
and also the message, I need to learn

My wish this year
Is for you to remain here
I wouldn't know what to do
If forced to lose you

My baby boy
I will always love you

Dear Mommy-very sad and beautiful  
Say Goodbye  
A Poem I Found  

You never said "I'm leaving"

You never said "Goodbye"

You were gone before I knew it

And only God knew why.

 

A million times I've needed you

A million times I've cried

If love alone could have saved you

You never would have died.

 

In life I loved you dearly

In death I love you still

In my heart you hold a place

That no one could ever fill.

 

It broke my heart to loose you

But you didnt' go alone

Part of me went with you

When God called you Home.

 

I found this on a website for things for myspace and tried to add it to here but couldn't it showed the embed codes, so I just typed it out instead.

 

 

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton  
The lyrics from tears in Heaven by Eric clapton:
it tells a very true story:

Would you know my name,
if i saw you in heaven,
will it be the same,
if i saw you in heaven,
i must be strong,
and carry on,
i know i don't belong,
here in heaven,
would you hold my hand,
if i saw you in heaven,
would you help me stand,
if i saw you in heaven,
i'll find my way,
through night and day,
cause i know i just can't stay,
here in heaven,
time can bring you down,
time can bend your knee,
time can break your heart,
have you begging please,
beyond the door,
theres peace i'm sure,
and i know there'll be no-more,
tears in heaven,
would you know my name,
if i saw you in heaven,
will it be the same,
if i saw you in heaven,
i must be strong,
and carry on,
cause i know i don't belong,
here in heaven.
 
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