This website is dedicated to my daughter, Erin Alyssa Canter, born December 11, 2003 and died August 14, 2014. She was a special girl, the light of my life, and she touched many during her short time here.
Erin was a healthy child, only having had RSV as a baby and she was also misdiagnosed with asthma afterwards. It turned out that she had a soy allergy, and we ate a lot of soy products. Once that was cleared up, Erin was extremely healthy for most of her remaining years. In the fall of 2012, she ran into a classmate in PE and got a bite mark on her forehead, which led to swollen lymph glands under her arm. The glands were never cultured, and resolved itself after about 8 weeks and antibiotics. The next fall, she had neck pain and swollen cervical lymph nodes beginning in October – November of 2013. This illness also went undiagnosed, as cultures yielded little or nothing, and she succumbed to a still undiagnosed illness just a little over 2 weeks ago from today. We hope that her autopsy yields a root cause of illness and death, so that her life and death can help others.
While I will write a complete history for those interested, this site will focus on my journey through grief and on Erin’s very special life. She was kind, compassionate, very silly, and a very happy child. She loved animals and people. She was smart, and managed to complete the 4th grade with almost all A’s for the year despite having been out of school a total of 2-3 months (Last_reportcard).
All parents think their children are special, and so they should. I was surprised, and amazed, at how many people told me how special Erin was to them. So I share her with you, partially to help me but also to share her light with everyone else. I hope that you enjoy it, and I hope that in years to come her little friends (who won’t be little anymore) can come here and remember her.
(AKA Ms. Nicole)