Monday, May 4, 2009

Life is Short

I just received this terrible news from friends in Texas.

On March 20th, a young man named Victor (a friend of mine's son) wife (Carolyn) felt a little dizzy during an anniversary dinner with friends. She deteriorated rapidly and was taken to a hospital. She was diagnosed with a stroke. Over the next few weeks, her status roller coastered between critical and improving. She passed away on April 29th.

So, in a month's time, they went from celebrating their third wedding anniversary to this.

Each of us are a breath away. I try to live EVERY day to its fullest. My prayers are with my friends, and I pray that Victor finds comfort in the knowing his friends and family are with him in his time of need.


AvengingAngel said...

Victor is an incredibly respecful gentleman. I played golf with him about 5 years ago, shortly after he and Carolyn were engaged. It is one thing to lose someone later in life, it's a whole other thing for this to happen to young people.

hale-bopp said...

Strokes can be devastating...his family has my deepest sympathies.

My mother had a massive stroke...totally paralyzed on one side of the body and unable to speak. She hung on for about six months, sounds like in a similar state to what you describe.

OrbsCorbs said...

My condolences to the family. What a tragedy.

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OKIE said...

Today I am attending a funeral for a coworker that passed last week. On Wednesday we received an e-mail telling us he had been diagnosed with Leukemia. The Doctors were optimistic that with treatment he would get better. Friday afternoon we received word that he died.
He was 60. I cannot imagine the emotional roller coaster his family has been on this past week.
We have to remember that each day could be our last.
My sympathies to you and your friends Angel.

kkdither said...

I'm sorry for you and your friend, AA. We never do know, there are no guarantees. Going quickly and with dignity is a blessing, but very, very heartbreaking when it happens to someone so young and with so much of life not experienced.

Toad said...

AvengingAngel: I am sorry you have lost a very good friend. Friends are hard to come by, and I know your loss is hard.

kkdither: I was saddened to hear of the loss of your mother and wanted to send you an e-mail. I know you gave your mother all you could and i'm certain she knows that. You can take comfort knowing you were always there for her to the end. MY sympathies to you and your family.

Beejay said...

AA, I missed that she had died. I am so sorry....this is so devasting for the family.

It is hard enough when you lose a spouse in his 50's or 60's, which is young by today's standards, but something like this. It is beyond comprehension.

My prayers go to the family and friends of this vibrant young woman.

It is beyond sad.

Anonymous Mom said...

AA, thanks for sharing this. Its never "easy" to hear of these sad situations but its so important to be reminded of the frailty of life. No one has a guarantee for tomorrow, disease, just never know. I never want to take a moment of life or the blessing of my special loved ones for granted.

My heart goes out to all of those mentioned here that are experiencing loss.

drewzepmeister said...

This is why I value my family, friends, and relationships. Life is too short to squabble over petty things and hold grudges. I like to focus on the positive on the human life that we all have.

Beejay said...

Boy is my spelling off today.

Drew,you brought up something I totally get. My family squabbles, sure we do...we get over it. However, I see my Mother in law still wanting revenge for things that happened 40 or 50 years ago. I don't get it. Have a disagreement, and get over it. Life is way too short for these little things to get in the way of us living life and enjoying our families. Besides if you can't argue with family, who can you argue with??? I love my brothers to death...agree with them? No, not always, but I value them as people.

AA, I feel for this family so deeply, you don't even know. Things like this hit a nerve with me. Goes way back into my early teens. Sad. So sad.