The poor woman was sick for most of her baby’s life, but she was fighting hard so she could stay in his life.
They thought she was doing well. In fact the week before, we asked how she was and my friend said she was doing pretty good. Something happened and she took a turn for the worse.
She asked her family to take her kids home because she did not want them seeing her like that. A few days later she passed away.
My friend is in shock. I can’t say I blame her. You never expect someone 35 years old to die, even if they are sick.
My niece heard my sister talking about it on the phone and asked what happened. My niece asked how old the woman was. My sister told her and my niece said, “but Mom, that’s your age.”
My sister could see the panic in her face and told her that sometimes people who are young like mommy get sick and they die, but sometimes they live as long as great-grandma.
That helped ease her fears.
I never met my friend’s sister-in-law. Yet, I can’t stop thinking about her. I can’t stop thinking about how devastated her family must be. I can’t stop thinking about her husband and her children.