daily kaddish: for isabel

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Today’s Kaddish—another poorly-recorded, backstage “Kaddish”—is for my friend Maria’s daughter, Isabel, who died on Tuesday from an epileptic seizure. Isabel had been struggling with severe epilepsy for the last several years. I don’t think epilepsy is easy for anyone, but at least many who have it can be treated with prescription medications to the point that it becomes a manageable inconvenience. Isabel was not so lucky. For her, the medications never quite brought it under control, and the burdens that it added to her life—the already-challenging life of a typical teenager—were never so mild as to be “inconvenient.”

I don’t think her parents ever quite got used to it, either, and it came as a horrible, soul-crushing shock to everybody when epilepsy took Isabel’s life. The ripple effects outward into Isabel’s and Maria’s community of family and friends have been palpable.

A kaddish for a beautiful young woman, who had much to offer the world. May she rest in peace, and may her family and friends find comfort in their memories of her.

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…

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