"The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21)

We received the message below from Mahat five months before her passing away. It was to be distributed to the Marjeyouni Community in Ottawa.
Mahat was the kindest, sweetest and most considerate person you will ever meet.
May God bless her soul and grant peace and comfort to her family and all.

Ottawa, June 6, 2009

Hi to all family & friends & fellow Marjeyounis,

For those who don't know me my name is Mahat Corbane I'm 34 years old, proud wife of Rabah Corbane , the mother of two amazing girls Reena 6 years & Maicie 4 years & daughter of Naoum Abou Mrad & Dalal Skaf.

I've been sick for over five years since I was 7 weeks pregnant with my little one. We have managed as much as possible to stay discreet about the situation not for any reason accept keeping things as normal as possible,we didn't want every conversation to be about my health and as much as we needed the support we didn't want to deal with sympathy on top of things.

So for all those who saw me go through changes I hope you understand it had nothing to do with you it was what we needed at the time.

Make the long story short I have been battling a rare case of cancer for the past 5 years they call it CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) because they have no other name for me.

I had chemo treatments for the past two years (2007 & 2008) unfortunately it didn't work. For those who were wondering why we cancelled our trip to Lebanon now you know the reason.

I have to start chemo on June 22nd .

Why we're telling every body now?? Its because this time around the treatment is more aggressive & the signs will be there especially hair loss which didn't happen in the past years.

And most importantly we were relaying on family prayers till now but it seems we need a LOUDER VOICE. I need from those who know me or know my family or even feel bad for me to say a prayer on June 22nd (or even before) hoping that GOD will hear your prayers for me & my family.

It's been really hard to come out & share my news But Please! Please! as much as I know you care for me, at this point I just need your prayers & I don't have the energy to face you over the phone or other wise it will be draining & I have my faith that you will understand.

Sincerely your daughter & friend