You should be here.

22 responses to “You should be here.”

  1. Maya that photograph is absolutely breathtaking. The love that you feel for each other is captured so beautifully. My heart breaks for you everyday.

  2. no words 😦 so sorry Maya
    praying for you!

  3. Maya, that picture says it all. Your bond is unbelievable. Love and prayers to you and your family. xoxo

  4. This picture really got me today. I’m just sitting here crying as I cannot even imagine losing my kids. My son is 4 and when I saw this, I immediately had to go snuggle him. I wish I could take your pain away.


  5. seeing the love between you and Ronan just makes me heart melt!

  6. Two beautiful souls entertwined forever!
    Thinking of you and Rockstar Ro!

  7. Chills all up and down my spine! Beautiful.

  8. Pure, exquisite love! Melts my heart!!

  9. I know I already posted once today, but I am having a sad day. My Mom’s cat of almost 20 years passed away today. We grew up w/him. I keep crying, and then I think of you and Ronan, and the excruciating sadness that has become routine in your life. Now I am watching Shawshank Redemption, and yeah… more crying. I don’t know, they say misery loves company, so I guess I need some company??


    “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

    1. One of my very favorite movies. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Best picture I have ever seen! The love on his face says it all! He is so happy and sure of your love!

  11. This pic is truly breathtaking…it just breaks my heart…I cannot look at it and not cry…two beautiful souls that love each other so deep…it’s just not right Maya, not fair… Much love and hugs to you from Ohio…

  12. Yes, he should be here Maya. I wish I had some words of comfort for you, but nothing I can say would help your pain in any way. I’m not sure if you know about a little boy named Declan. He died of cancer a little over a year ago. His parents have a website called They are working hard at trying to find a cure and they are backing this guy
    I know that it is your mission to keep Ronan’s name alive and to help find a cure. Dr. Jensen seems to really know what he’s talking about.
    You asked in your blog why you were left here, and I honestly believe you are here to make a difference, and to change the world in how we all view pediatric cancer. Ronan helped me to become a better person by volunteering at our hospital’s pediatric cancer ward. And you sweet Maya, helped me to become a better mom by showing me that life is short and that there are no guarentees. My babies get more kisses and hugs now. Thank you for being you, and please don’t ever change.
    Much love from Michigan,

  13. The love that you share is one of a kind. This is beautiful but I’m heartbroken looking at this picture.

  14. Michelle Bunger Avatar
    Michelle Bunger

    Heartbreakingly Beautiful!!!

    The infinite love that you and your beautiful son share will never end!!!

    Warm thoughts and prayers for you and your beautiful family every day!!

  15. Thinking about you…hope you get your Inka Badass on tomorrow. Love this picture….the love between you is so clear, so real…and I LOVE that he is just soaking it up while you so freely share it. Children are so precious, so open to love. Whoever captured this moment….well they are just frickin’ brilliant.

  16. Maya,

    late act of kindness: for what would have been my best friend’s 28th b-day, I bought a Starbucks gift card and a card about friendship… Then I wrote a note… explaining the cause and just letting the stranger know that they should cherish the life and what they have…

    So, I went around my apartment complex and spied on people… I saw one cute door but they were listening to news/politics (yes, I listened through the door), so I changed my mind.

    Got to apt 111 and someone was talking about how lucky they are to have a job at least. I thought they needed some cheering up and I left the card and a gift for them to take their best friend out for a coffee and tell them how much they loved them. My Danijela would have loved this. Thanks for a great idea that will now become a tradition.

    P.S. This picture is perfect. Tells everything…

  17. gina dondero-haynie Avatar
    gina dondero-haynie

    every time I think I can read you journey, your struggle, I saw this photo and can’t stop crying……. what a beautiful love you two shared. xoxo

  18. I really wish there were some amazing deep words I could say other than I am just so very, very, very sorry.

  19. You have made me a better mother. I am so sorry he had to go. It’s so not right.

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