2018 was started off pretty well. My wife and I had just bought a new home and established our life in Haysville. I had also just come off winning a cool business award as well as starting my own first business. My wife and I also about to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It seemed like things were looking great.
Things did start to get weird though…
In April of 2018, I received a call from my Mom that my Dad was involved in an accident. While parked at a stoplight, a semi-truck hit him from behind and took him a couple of blocks down the road.
While going through this, we had been watching Grandpa’s battle with cancer. He had been fighting it for a good amount of years and we now had received the call that he had to be put on Hospice.
He lost his battle on August 28th, 2018.
After Grandpa’s passing my Mom (Rhonda Romero) started noticing some pain. Mom was always a pretty active lady and recently joined a new band so we thought maybe just threw her back out. Through some testing, we found out that was not the case and she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Lung Cancer.
She lost her battle on December 12th, 2018.
As we found out about my Mom, we were blindsided. Through a check-up, my wife’s Mom (Carol Madorin) was told about some weirdness going inside of her. Through further checks, we found out she had pancreatic cancer.
She lost her battle on May 22nd, 2019.
My wife’s aunt Glenda (Cole) was battling some sickness. We had been monitoring the situation and was told she passed away from complications.
Shortly after that, I received an unexpected call on my way to an event to meet my Dad that my Aunt Jennifer (Tribue) had an unexpected heart attack.
They both passed away the same day March 9th, 2019.
My Aunt Sabina (Romero-Salas) had been battling many years with diabetes and was in need of new kidneys. We received a call that her body gave up on her.
She lost her battle on June 24th, 2019.
The Hernandez Family
My Godfather and Great Uncle Lewis Hernandez was always the brightest light in the room. Unfortunately, heart issues were just too much.
He lost his battle on April 26th, 2019.
My cousin Tiahna Hernandez had been fighting a tough battle with brain tumors. She fought hard for 21 plus years.
She lost her battle on August 12th, 2019.
Fight Grief with Remembrance.
As you can imagine our family felt like a size-able blow was dealt with. I mean “8” people in a year’s span, how the heck does that happen. As we tried to deal with the grief of one, then another and another, almost like we really could not catch our breath. Why is this happening? We are good people. How can this be allowed to happen?
As I personally fought this battle, I remembered two things that Mom always asked of me and used to tell me:
“You should always honor, respect, and remember life and people that have touched your life.”
“Son, you really need to start taking better care of yourself….”
With these thoughts resonating I decided enough was enough and decided that I needed to make some changes and take on all this grief and stress my own way.
Thus my journey began…
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10