Tiffany - posted on 07/02/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
In October of 2009 things seemed to be going well. My mother had found out that she was cancer free in September. She and dad came down to visit for Damian's birthday and we went to the beach for the first time in a long time. The beach was always mom's favorite place.
October 24th, my father called to say that he was taking mom to the hospital. After some tests they found out that she had pneumonia and gall stones. Dad called throughout the day with updates. One call really scared me because he said they were going to put mom on a respirator because she had to work so hard to breath and that this would allow her to finally get some rest. Dad told me not to worry, and I of course told him I was fine. Then my brother called around midnight and said they were having problems with the respirator and were going to get another one. After that call is when i really started to get worried. Elliott did the best he could to reassure me that everything was going to be fine. I so wanted to believe him.
Sleep did not come easy that night. Then first thing in the morning came the call. It was Dustin again, "Tiffany, we are gonna have to let mom go". Now I knew this call was coming, but to know it and hear it are two totally different things. Turns out she had crashed a lot throughout the night, and the fighter she is, she came back every time. No one wanted to see her suffer so my father had to make a hard decision. So, I told Dustin to tell her I loved her and I waited for the next call.
Elliott called my cousin Sherry and she and her husband came right over. My dad called soon after they got here and told me she was gone. I had lost my very best friend and had no idea what I was going to do.
Sherry took me and the kids home to New York. Elliott had to stay behind because he was being deployed in two days and the military being the way they are wouldn't let him have a couple of extra days. That was the hardest time of my life. A time that I knew had to come some day....but not so soon.