A poem given to Rachel by her friend Heather:


Do you know what hope is?

It’s magic and it’s free.

It’s not in a prescription.

It’s not in an IV.

It punctuates our laughter.

It sparkles in our tears.

It simmers under sorrows.

It dissipates our fears.

Do you know what hope is?

It’s reaching past today.

It’s dreaming of tomorrow.

It’s trying a new way.

It’s pushing past impossible.

It’s pounding on the door.

It’s questioning the answer.

It’s always seeking more.

It’s rumors of a break.

It’s whispers of a cure.

A roller coaster ride.

Of remedies, unsure.

Do you know what hope is?

It’s candy for the soul.

It’s perfume for the spirit.

To share it makes you whole.

Take my hand…come…

Let’s share in this hope….together…

The star catcher grinned and whispered a plan,

I’ll catch all the stars I possible can.

Then give them to all of my friends so they will truly see

How sparkling and special they are to me.

If I could catch a rainbow…

I would do it just for you,

And share with you its beauty on the days you’re feeling blue……..

If I could build a mountain you could call you very own,

A place to find serenity, a place to be alone….

If I could take your troubles I would toss them in the sea….

But all these things I’m finding are impossible for me,

I cannot build a mountain or catch a rainbow fair,

But let me be what I know best, a friend that’s always there.