ROSE EMMA McGILL
26th January 1984 - 11th November 2006
Rose was a popular young woman with a bright future ahead of her when she was taken ill at the age of 19 and diagnosed with epilepsy. Tests also proved she had a 'benign' Grade 2 brain tumour. A decision was made to leave the tumour alone, treat the epilepsy that it was causing and allow Rose to complete her degree.
Rose became engaged to her long-term boyfriend, Steve, on her 22nd birthday and, despite the symptoms her tumour was causing, and after 3 years of very hard work, Rose graduated with a BDes (Hons) in October 2006. Rose's designs can be seen here and details of the launch of Rose Emma's Designs can be found here.
Unfortunately, Rose's symptoms worsened during her time at university and in June 2006 she underwent a 7 hour operation to remove the tumour.
A few days later the histology report came back with the shocking news that Rose's tumour had now turned into a high grade Glioblastoma Multiforme.
Rose underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy but, sadly, just 5 months after surgery and following a short stay in hospital Rose passed away on Saturday 11th November, 2006.
BT Buddies is Rose's legacy and we hope the information and support we provide can help others who find themselves in a similar situation to Rose, Andrew and the family.
The Rose Beyond the Wall
Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God's free light,
Watered and fed by the morning dew,
Shedding it's sweetness day and night.
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.
Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice's length
And unfolded itself on the other side.
The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it's fragrance more and more.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive--
The rose still grows beyond the wall,
Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.
~ A. L. Frink ~