She Came Home - SONG

This is the first and hardest song I have written and it is about my 18 year old daughter Jasmine in commemoration of her coming home after spending the best part of 2011 in hospital fighting and overcoming Leukemia.

She was diagnosed on 7th December 2010 - a date which is burned in my memory. I nearly lost her on 2nd April 2011 when she contracted an infection which led to septicemia and toxic shock. She spend 52 days in a coma and on life support in the Intensive Care Unit after which she lost the use of all her muscles. She had to endure extensive rehabilitation for several months to learn to move and walk again as well as continue her intensive chemo treatment. Throughout this ordeal, she had to keep her mind focused and never give up on the will to live.

It is a miracle that Jasmine is now in full remission living at home on maintenance medication (for another year) and doing well with only a few kilos away from her pre-illness weight.

Many thanks to T-Roy Anderson from Fargo, USA for doing this very first collaboration with me.


Lyrics: Maria D’Alessandro & T-Roy Anderson
Music: T-Roy Anderson


We never asked for no trouble

Never asked for no grief

When the bad news hit me

I fell right on my knees

How could this be happenin’

To my daughter so sweet

She dealt with so much poison

Week after week.


Then she came home

She came home

She came home to me,

Jasmine came home

She came home

To her family


Together on her journey

She was never alone

The tears of her sufferng

Fell right on my soul

I pained with her sorrow

I pained with her steps

She learned to walk over again

And her courage, it shines yet.


Then she came home

She came home

She came home to me,

Jasmine came home

She came home

To be free


Lead break..........


It don’t matter what you got

No matter what you plan

Gotta live life one day at a time

And love all that you can

I learned what it means to be grateful

What it means to have faith

She showed us all how to take them treatments

With loving and grace


Then she came home

She came home

She came home to me,

Jasmine came home

She came home

To a family.


Yes she came home

She came home

To be free.


© Copyright Maria D'Alessandro 2012. All Rights Reserved.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Beautiful words Maria. I have two children and I know it would be devastating to get news like this. I love the line about tears of suffering falling on your soul. So powerful. I hope all is well...


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

Loved the song it's so catchy. Your lyrics so beautiful and inspiring.


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Suburban Poet and blaise25. Yes anyone who is a parent can relate to such a horror. I'm grateful the worst is over.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

wow your lyrics follow such a poetic theme up and awesome :)


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

Maria, this is so beautiful, truly touching and heart felt.

When I read hubs like yours I more and more realize how important it is to enjoy every day as much as we can, and appreciate all that we are given, because life is so fragile...

Your story is so poignant, your words are your feelings brought to light, such a beautiful song for your daughter.

Nice to know that she's doing well. Best wishes and blessings.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

'Overcoming' is a joyful word and one i was so glad to see here Maria. Jasmine has a lot of living to do. American Idol pales into insignificance compared with the beauty and strength of these lyrics and music. Bless you all Maria.


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epigramman 4 years ago

..some great people on your wall here Maria - and as you know my friend I was there for you on many of these dark days that you and beloved Jasmine were going through so naturally I find this song extremely moving and somewhat on a personal level for me as well - in closing I am proud of you both - and in particular of you Maria for writing such a brilliant song and then turning it into a fruitful and rewarding collaboration - this hub and song really does tell a very amazing and life affirming story indeed. lake erie time 10:59pm


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

@Frank - thanks for listening and commenting

@Katrine - yes life is fragile but I learned just how strong the human body and spirit can be if only one does not give up hope

@Alastar - thanks for your kind words

@epigramman - Thanks so much my beloved Colin for your review but I owe you a special thank you for "being there" during this ordeal. Were it not for you and a couple of other Facebook friends, I may not have made it through. Thank you for allowing me to draw on your strength and support. Thank you also for your respect and genuine concern but above all, for your precious love.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Maria I read this for the first time earlier and my heart weakened and I felt your pain in my soul. One could never really feel the depth of your personal pain nor your daughters. However I am thankful to read of all the support your received from your FB friends and one in particular your very own Epigramman Colin.

I pray you never have to endure that pain again and that your daughter is healing and together you will walk in the glory of your savior. God works in mysterious ways and a hand was reached out to the both of you to draw you from Hell. Now you must go on and live each day anew, thriving and loving who you both are. "Survivors"

The words in your song have very deep meaning and a ring of beauty to them. Hugs my friend so far away.


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Vincent, I thank you for your compassion and empathy. Permit me to share with you and the others here some of my thoughts. My motive for posting this experience was not to stir pity or cause discomfort. Instead I wanted this real life story to empower others and give hope where there is little and strengthen faith where it has been lost. This is a story of how a human life can brush against death and live to tell the tale.

It is a story of the power of love. Love of a parent, love of nurses and doctors, love of friends and family near and far and the greatest love of all - the love of life.

It is a story of will. The will to fight hard for dear life the nearer one comes to death. The will to overcome physics - to learn to eat, walk and do other simple things we take for granted daily.

It is also a story of loss. The loss of dignity, loss of mobility, loss of all the things normal teenagers do, loss of education, loss of peers and sadly, the loss of fellow oncology patients with whom we cannot rejoice today.

This is a story about enlightenment, that all the material things we now own, all the people we know and love, can and will be taken from us. Such a sudden tragedy can be equated to a spanner being thrown in the works. Our secure and comfortable status quo in life has been shattered and in this chaos before even the dust settles, we learn what really matters. What matters is what I now refer to as the rudimentary and quintessential requirements of spiritual happiness – health , family, friends and the ability to love unconditionally without surrender.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

A touching and very attractive piece of music Maria. How nice to have the ability to put your sentiments into words and song. I hope and trust that Jasmine continues to progress to a full recovery.

Alun


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Alun.


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Hi Maria,

After read this hub anyone can say that You loved to jasmine very much. And I feel you are suffer very painful 52 days, A lovely hug to you.

But now I am Happy with-

Yes she came home

She came home

To be free.

God Bless Him....


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

@ traslochimilano - Thank you very much for your kind comment. Stories with happy endings are always wonderful and uplifting and should be shared for all to feel joy.

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