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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

David Cooper 1984-2006 - Always Smiling

I didn't feel very much like posting today, In fact October is always a glum month for my family.  If you have followed me for a while you may recall me talking about my brother.  Today marks the 7th anniversary of his very sudden and premature passing, they say time is healer, in one respect they are right, but it still feels so fresh.  If you have lost someone so close before you will understand what I mean.


David was born 3 months premature and obviously spent a lot of time in Aberdeen's Sick Kids Intensive Care Unit.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of oxygen, David developed a clot and suffered a major brain hemorrhage thus resulting in Cerebral Palsy.  Mum told me that she and Dad didn't become aware of David's condition until noticing that he wasn't doing the normal things babies begin to do, like support their own heads.  

David had a great sense of humour, always a smile on his face.  To friends I would describe his case of Cerebral Palsy as stuck in a body that didn't work.  He couldn't walk or talk, use his arms etc but he could understand everything going on and was quick witted.    David was a skinny wee thing but he could eat like a horse, he loved his food.  Food was one of the biggest enjoyments in life for him.  Chocolate Dave he got nick-named at school, he couldn't get enough of the stuff.   David also loved going out for a Sunday drive with my Dad, even better when Dad put his foot down and the radio was blasting.  Food, Cars and Music were his passion but most of all he loved his family and was involved in everything we did.  

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him instantly loved him. 



David developed a severe case of Epilepsy when he was 15 and struggled with that until he was 21.  Then on the evening of 2nd October 2006, David took a fit and sadly, he didn't come through it.  He had a couple of bad days leading up to this and his body just wasn't strong enough to pull through.  He died in my arms.    

My first born, Shaye, was only 4 weeks old and I felt completely robbed that my brother wouldn't see him grow up and Shaye wouldn't know his Uncle.  I have since had two children and the memory of David lives strong in our house, my children are very aware of their Uncle who they never knew.   But as they grow up they will know what an inspirational young man he really was. 

If I had known that day would have been my last, I would have said so much.  I am glad I said I love you.  I encourage you all to tell the ones you love each day.  It is so important. 

David Cooper 1984-2006 

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25 comments

  1. I'm so sorry for your loss, I can't imagine how awful that must have been, and still be, for you and your family.
    Such a beautiful post. Thoughts are with you.

    xo

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  2. Such a beautiful post, made me cry a bit. Must of been such an awful experience, I hope you and your family are all okay xx

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss.
    This must have been an extremely hard post to write and you are so brave.
    Thoughts are with you and your family today

    xx

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  4. I'm so sorry that you and your family's loss. I don't have any siblings, so I can't imagine the pain of losing one. I cried as I read this,my heart goes out to you and your family.

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  5. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. How lucky you are to have known him, such a wonderful young man, who won't ever be forgotten. Sending lots of love to you and your family <3

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  6. This post made me tear up a bit :/ So sorry for your loss.

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  7. Oh Laura... I am so sorry for your loss :'( I can't even begin to imagine how you and your family feel.
    Sending lots and lots of love your way xo

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  8. I'm sorry for your loss Laura :( I cried reading your post thank you for reminding me to be thankful and let the people I love know that I care and love them.

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  9. Awww I know the feeling so well I cried when I read this just brought back memories of my niece it's been 6 years now they are angels watching over us may they rest in peace. Love that you wrote more about it. It those help to talk about it because there are others that have gone through loss and can relate :)

    Love you sunshine ;)

    Leslie...

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  10. I'm lucky enough to not have experienced something quite as sad as that, but I still cried reading. Things like this are just awful, and I'm certain your brother didn't deserve anything that happened to him. He sounded like such a lovely kid/person, and I'm so sorry for your loss.
    I really like that you still talk about him to your children, theres nothing worse than being forgotten, and sounds like you've done an excellent job of keeping his personality alive.

    Sending lots and lots and lots of love,
    Beth x

    P.s. If you don't write a post for a couple of days, we'll all understand. You're posts are amazing, but I'm sure a few days without them whilst you grieve will be totes understandable. x

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  11. Thinking of you sweetie, you know I'm here if you ever want to talk xxxx

    Georgina

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  12. I have to be honest I shed a tear while reading, I'm sorry for you loss & thinking of you lots xxxx

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  13. Thinking of you so much lovely...must have been the hardest time, at least you have all your memories of him, and at least he did still meet Shaye even for that short time <3 I've worked with children who have Cerebral Palsy before and have beyond admiration for both their families, and the children themselves, they overcome so much and are such special little people :)

    Hope you and your family are okay, sending lots of love <3

    xxx

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  14. Thinking of you so much lovely...must have been the hardest time, at least you have all your memories of him, and at least he did still meet Shaye even for that short time <3 I've worked with children who have Cerebral Palsy before and have beyond admiration for both their families, and the children themselves, they overcome so much and are such special little people :)

    Hope you and your family are okay, sending lots of love <3

    xxx

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  15. What a lovely post Laura xxxxx

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  16. I'm so sorry for you loss, Laura. I hope the wonderful memories you have of your brother bring comfort to you and your family during this time of year (and always).

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  17. Thank you for sharing. you are pretty inspirational yourself. Chocolate Dave will still be smiling. Love to you all Laura from Jan , Paul and Samuel xxx

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  18. This is so sad, I'm sorry for your loss Laura. I bet you have some wonderful memories that you will cherish forever and share with your children as they grow up. Thinking of you xx

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  19. This is such a lovely tribute to your brother. I can't imagine how you must be feeling, but I definitely think you are inspirational for writing this. Sending you lots of hugs xxx

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  20. You are an incredible sister to him. Hes watching you from heaven, I know it. Stay strong and thank you for sharing this.

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  21. Really beautiful post. You brough tears to my eyes. It can seem so unfair the people we lose. He will always live on in your heart and even thoguh they never got to meet him, they can still love him :)
    xoxo

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  22. What a beautiful post, It really touched me. I'm incredibly close to my sister, and I don't quite know what I'd do if I lost her. After recently losing my lovely granddad, I'm more grateful than ever than the people in my life. x

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  23. beautifully written. I'm sure he'd be proud of you and your children :)
    xx

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  24. I must admit this brought a tear to my eye, I am so sorry for your loss lovely. I lost my grandad when I was 15, it can definitely feel like it was only yesterday - the pain of losing someone you love so much will never go away. This post was so beautifully written, I know you don't know me but if you ever need to chat don't hesitate to send me a email xx

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