It's hard to know what words to write when describing my sister. I know my words are never going to be sufficient. She was truly beautiful inside and out.
All I can think about is she was my best friend. I cannot remember a time in my life when she has not been there for me. She has been a wonderful wife to Dennis and an amazing mother to Cayden and Kennedy. She was always at every school function, sporting event, and every milestone in their lives cheering them on as a proud mother does.
We all know that God has a plan for us. I am still trying to understand his regarding her, for her to be taken from our lives so soon. I do have faith that he will show us what that is. I am thankful that Kecia remained strong in her faith throughout all ups and downs throughout her journey. Even though, it seemed like more times than not we got bad news.
I am so blessed to have so many amazing memories of her. I know that anyone that has ever had that opportunity to meet or get to know her fell in love with her firecracker personality.
I would really appreciate prayers for our family right now. We cannot begin to imagine not having her with us. I know God will continue to watch over us, give us strength and see us through.
All funds raised through this memorial will be used for final arrangements, medical expenses, and anything that is extra will be put into a fund for the kids.
Thank you to everyone that is taking a moment to read this whether you're able to contribute or not. I just wanted Dennis to be able to tell you how our family's journey started.
In December of 2015 Kecia Smith, myself, and our two children were given the news no family ever wants to receive. Kecia had been diagnosed with advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer) after discovering a mass in her left jaw. There is no telling how long had been living with this disease before diagnosis as up to that point she had suffered no symptoms or complained of any pain.
This diagnosis however, is not how we should remember Kecia. She was the most loving mom that you would ever find, the best friend that you would ever have, the greatest spouse one could ask for, and the list could go on forever. Kecia was the type of person who would always put her needs before hers. Even after her diagnosis all she wanted to do was help others. She would never let this cancer define her and continued to move forward with her life and live each day to its full potential. There are not many people who you meet in your lifetime who you can say made you a better person, without a doubt I can say that meeting Kecia was the best thing that ever happened to me and I would not be the person I am today with her love, support, and advice throughout the years. Even when doctors’ visits would bring bad news, Kecia would always look at me, smile, and say “It’s okay baby, God has a plan and we have to be okay with that”. She always wanted to make sure that she could somehow comfort the hurt that her family was feeling.
After the initial diagnosis Kecia had surgery of January of 2016 to remove her right kidney and the large tumor that was attached to it. After months of painful recovery, she would go through different immunotherapy options. Many of these lasting 60-90 days, but each one producing the same result….the cancer would continue to spread throughout her body. There was a small glimmer of hope that a clinical trial would be the answer. After discussing with her family, she decided to move forward with applying for the trial and she was accepted. The only caveat….she would have to be off all medicine for 4 weeks before starting. During that four weeks the cancer had spread to her left lung, taking up 85-90% of her lung. Kecia received the news in December of 2016 that the doctors thought she only 1-2 months left to live. After processing that news, Kecia looked at the doctor and thanked him for everything he had done for her, but that was not acceptable. She would live to see her son graduate from High School in June. We then moved Kecia’s care to MD Anderson in Houston. They were able to get Kecia on a treatment that would keep the cancer stable from January of 2017 until June of 2017. Kecia had proved them wrong and was able to see her son graduate, and was probably the proudest mom there.
Shortly after graduation however, things started to decline. Kecia started to have some chest pains and shortness of breath. We found out June 27th that the tumor in her left lung was growing. This was causing her heart and right lung to be pushed even further to the right side of her body. It was becoming more and more difficult for her to breath, especially without pain. As a family we decided that the best thing to was to make her as comfortable as possible as we did not want to see her suffer any longer.
Even with insurance; the amount we owe hospital stays, medication, etc. continues to grow. If you know me, it is extremely hard for me to ask for help. However, with the loss of income, continuous medical bills, and final arrangements the financial burden will be hard to overcome. So if you are able to help, know that it is greatly appreciated and as Kecia would want our family will continue to pay it forward.