I've been here all my life, living in complete solitude. I've prepared for anything that comes my way, but not the human race. They care about nothing but themselves, and have no mercy. After finding my way into a dangerous situation, I'm forced to abandon all Ive ever known for a new feeling inside.


8. Tribute

Sorry for the interruption in the story, and the lack of chapters, but I'd like to add a tribute to someone special.

July 16th 2013 Talia Joy Castellano passed away. It was made public by the Angels for Talia Facebook page. 

"‪#‎prayfortalia‬ It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl."

If you don't know who Talia was, Talia was a happy and lively youtube beauty guru. At thirteen years old with cancer, she was made an honorary CoverGirl. In September of 2012 she met Ellen Degeneres and appeared on the show. Her cheery personality and positive outlook on life touched the hearts of millions, which made her so special and loved by everyone. Despite her dire situation, she kept her spirit up doing makeup tutorials for everyone. She had stage 4 neuroblastoma, a type of nerve cancer, and later on, pre-leukemia. Sadly, she was hospitalized about 6 months ago and had aggressive forms of chemo ever since. She had to have platelet donors due to dangerously low counts. In the past few weeks, Talia became very sick. It may not be such a surprise to Talia's family, since last summer she was given four months to a year to live and was slowly dying. Lets not say Talia gave up and lost the battle to cancer, she was strong enough to let go and end the pain. Her pain is gone, which means cancer lost the fight. I wish the best for Talia in heaven and her family on earth.

Lets talk about some of Talia's accomplishments. She was made an honorary CoverGirl thanks to the help of Ellen. She had her own clothing line, and YouTube channel ( where she shared her joy with her viewers. She was sponsored by many makeup companies, and featured on TV shows everywhere. She wasn't famous because she had cancer. Many people say to stop focusing on only her because she's a famous person with cancer. Of course we need to pray for all the other kids too, but Talia started out famous by her YouTube, regardless of whether she had cancer or not. Talia's sister, with tears in her eyes, uploaded a video talking about the things she hopes to do in order to keep Talia's legacy living for years to come. She hopes to get in touch with cancer foundations, and to start Talia her own makeup line. We all know Talia won't be forgotten.

I just hope Talia died peacefully. This may sound shallow, but the other night, I had a dream that I was slowly dying. I had to accept the fact that I had to leave my family on Earth until we meet again in heaven. It's a horrible feeling to have to go through. Although Talia's sister explained in her video that she was awake and got to say goodbye, I still hope she didn't get that feeling. It's more of a helpless feeling that you're slipping away from people you love. I can't imagine leaving your life here on earth for good. I understand she is in a better place now, but it's the transition I hope she was peaceful in. Before I watched Mattia's video, I was praying that Talia passed in her sleep so that she went to sleep and woke up in heaven. That way, it doesn't give you time to think about how much you'll miss your family. She didn't pass that way though, which breaks my heart. It shatters it into pieces.

I love you Talia, stay strong. You traded your fins for wings, but you're still an angelfish. Just keep swimming in the clear waters and tranquility of God's presence.

"A little fishy told me to just keep swimming"

"Makeup is my wig"

"Having cancer has been a gift, but it's a horrible, horrible thing."

It was a warm and sunny summer day
when Talia Castellano passed away.
It wasn't so sudden as you may think
she didn't just die in a blink.
She suffered for years before she let go.
It gave her some time to learn and to grow.
Cancer took away all that she had,
but afterall that had happened it wasn't so bad.
It was a blessing and a curse,
for her, her family and nurse.
After endless rounds of chemo,
she had the saying from finding Nemo.
If a little fishy can inspire,
when the situation is dire,
you can survive it all.
Stand proud and stand tall.
There is this wound it hurts so bad,
it always appears when I am sad.
No matter what I do it won't go away,
it's in my heart where it will always stay.
You inspired us when we were together.
Your legacy lives forever.
We won't forget your spirit,
and no one will come near it.
I have this pain that won't go away,
it makes me mad that you couldn't stay.
But I understand your strength in this fight.
Here's your wings, go take flight.
Take your wings and fly away,
I'll see you in heaven another day.

It's not a coincidence Joy is your middle name.
August 18, 1999-July 16, 2013

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