Daughters sing ‘Bye Bye Bye’ for Bridge City mom with cancer
While sitting on a Houston hospital deck in October, Myra Caillouet decided she had one word for her cancer: “bye.”
The Bridge City native had just been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was in her second round of chemotherapy.
Her positive attitude about her condition sparked an idea in her daughters.
“We were discussing the chemotherapy and tests, and how she has been so calm and handling it, when Myra said ‘well they said this will flow through and kill the cancer cells, so I’m just like, bye!’” Cassie Bearden, Caillouet’s step-daughter said on Thursday.
Bearden, 27, along with her three sisters, Carlie Duplechin, 27, Amy Garza, 26, and Leslie Romero, 29, decided to recreate *NSYNC’s 2000 pop hit, “Bye Bye Bye” with a fighting message and perform it for their mother on Christmas Day.
The bit was recorded and as of Thursday afternoon had been viewed almost 80,000 times on Facebook.
When Myra and her husband, Cerry Caillouet, wed in 2003, her biological daughters - Duplechin and Romero - would collaborate with Cerry’s daughters - Bearden and Garza - to put on little shows for their parents.
“The girls would always put on performances,” Myra said. “But this one is by far the best performance they have put on. I’m addicted to the video.”
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Myra, 51, said she knew the girls were up to something.
“They would go off by themselves and say they were making me crafts for Christmas.”
All four sisters are married with at least one child each, so setting up private practices was nearly impossible.
Duplechin coordinated online tutorials for her sisters to watch, and the group’s only full out performance was Christmas Day.
“We ran through it really quick a few days before Christmas,” Duplechin said. “Leslie even had to run through it with a baby on each hip.”
Duplechin’s husband recorded the performance and Myra’s reaction, and hours later the video was up on YouTube for the family to share with everyone.
“She would occasionally wipe her tears, but she laughed a lot too,” Garza said about her step-mom’s reaction to the performance.
Myra said the fact that the video helped other families going through similar situations was another Christmas gift in itself.
“I remember being with her the day that she got the news of her diagnoses,” Garza said. “She cried for about 10 seconds and said she didn’t know why she was upset.”
Bearden said the family became a fine-tuned machine after the diagnosis and teamed up to be there for Myra.
“There was no option but to be positive,” Bearden said. “We refused to be negative.”
Positivity is something the sisters say Myra learned from her father.
Since her diagnosis, Myra travels to Houston twice a week. Every two weeks, she stays for chemotherapy for up to five straight days. The sisters alternate staying with Myra when Cerry, a Sabine pilot, has to be away for work.
“The lyrics to the performance are so personal,” Myra said. “It’s our life right now, but the girls managed to put such a positive spin on it.”