She passed away on June 26,1999 from an aneurysm. It is still hard to imagine life without her. She was my best friend and 21 yrs. of age seems too young to die. She was such a caring person and everyone could rely on her for help, be it family or friends. She was going to college and working 2 jobs to pay for her sports car she so proudly owned. Her twin sister had died after only 3 days old from an aneurysm however no one had ever suggested it might happen to Terri, but it did.
She was playing softball and started getting a severe headache during the game and she came to the sidelines and asked me to take her home. Before we could get to the car she started vomiting , however all she wanted was to get home. She did not like anyone to touch her when she was sick, she just wanted to be left alone. When I got her home she tried to lie down but it hurt too much and she kept going to the bathroom to vomit. I tried to get her to let me take her to the hospital but she said it was just a headache.
After about 1 hour she went to the restroom again and just as I was going in to check on her, she passed out. I called to my husband and mother to help, so they called 911. Terri was rushed to the hospital where they determined she had a large bleed and nothing could be done immediately.
She never regained consciousness, however she did seem to response to some stimulus a few times. She would kind of squeeze or move if one of us said something to distrub her. She lived for 3 days before we noticed she was no longer responding to anything or doing any breathing on her own. She was the considered brain dead. It was just not possible that someone so lively, who enjoyed jogging, sports and live so much could be taken from us so quickly. We did have a chance to tell her how much she was loved and I truly believe she heard us. I keep holding on to her words to her grandmother just a few months ago about how some of her friends thought she was spoiled but she knew she was spoiled but deserved it, and this was so true.
She was so special to all of us and we treasure every memory. I hope any parents that read this know how special their children are and that they make them feel special and spoiled in a good way. Not by giving them everything materially but by giving them good quidance so others can benefit from their lives as Terri did with her family and friends. We have a son, Shay and we are very close to him and his wife. I am just thankful to God for giving us our lovely children for awhile.
God bless you, Inez
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