Shawna, Amy, and I grew up together. Sometimes it seemed that we were more like sisters than cousins because there was a period of time when we lived together, and thus did everything together. Even when her, Gary, and Aunt Val eventually moved out, it was only across the alley, so it was almost like we all lived in 2 houses, because if we weren't at one, we were at the other. Shawna has always been very strong-willed, sassy, and full of life. She never did anything half-assed, and when she made a decision to do something, boy did she DO IT! That is why, despite the many challenges that she faced in life, I was not surprised that, upon finding out she was pregnant, made the choice to turn her life around. I know she would have done anything it took to make things right. I know that she would have fought tooth and nail to make sure Sevaeh had a better life. That is how Shawna was. She was a fighter and she never gave up. Sevaeh gave Shawna a reason to want better, and she embraced that. I am so unbelievably proud of her for working as hard as she did. My only wish is that I could tell her that myself, now. I will never forget her fighting spirit, and I hope it will live on through Sevaeh. <3 I love you Shawna.