Today, my son's fiancee passed away....
She was 21 years old. Barely old enough to be an adult. She brought such joy to my son's life.
I got the call this morning from my daughter as I was driving down Hwy 89 to Chino Valley, AZ. I had to pull off the road. Ashley had been admitted to the hospital with some weird symptoms. The Drs. really didn't know what was wrong with her. She had an infection in her blood and antibiotics were just not working. Finally, after she had been hospitalized for nearly 3 weeks she had to have open heart surgery..for what reason...I don't know. She was doing better and just a few days ago was able to speak for the first time in two months.
My son was there when they removed her apparatus. She was so happy and told RJ that she loved him.
Right after I got the call this morning, a hunt began to find RJ. He did not know...We all called him, and called each other. Finally about 3 hours later he called me. I told him to go directly home, that his sister was waiting for him.. He questioned me, but I just couldn't tell him on the phone...not that way. He said "It's not Ashley...I was just there early this morning."
So now, as I write this, RJ is being told that the love of his life is gone. I am afraid for him. I'm afraid of how he will handle the news.
As a Christian, I know God has plans for Ashley's death. Whatever job she was given by God, she has done and is now called home. That doesn't make it any easier to handle it down here, by her family and friends. I have been praying all morning for my family and Ashley's parents.
Ashley...you were loved and we will miss you so much...Mama Shari