My name is Laura Walker. I am a registered nurse working at Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona. Since Brian's death, my life has changed tremendously. His death forced me to realize how short life can be and how we need to ultimately cherish our friends, family and lovers. Life is so fragile. I believe there is some reason that people live and others die. Maybe the others have somewhere to go while we have things to finish here on Earth. Nonetheless, I hope and pray that someday in some form I will be reunited with Brian.
It was only sixteen days ago but it feels like a million. An aneurysm took my best friend/fianc�s life. His name is Brian William Schuck, the most wonderful man I have ever known.
Being a new nurse, I work the night shift. Brian and I were moving apartments in order to better accommodate our four month old puppy. He had moved our belongings that day while I got some sleep before another night of work. He brought home dinner. We sat and talked about all the great times we were going to have in our new apartment. Everything seemed to be going so well. Brian did complain of a slight headache, but nothing abnormal after a long day of moving. He walked me to my car, kissed me goodbye and waved as I drove off.
Brian died that evening about 11:00pm. He died 26 days after his 26th birthday. He acted as if he had no idea he was going to die. At about 7:30pm he went to the store and bought tools and an organizer. Later that evening, he rented two movies, picked up some Jack Daniels, and ordered a pizza. Brian died before the pizza man arrived.
It was a quick death. It is my understanding that Brian died before his body hit the floor. There was no evidence of any struggle. There were no calls to 911. There seemed to be no sign of the tragedy that was going to claim Brian's life.
It all seemed as quick as that. In a matter of seconds, Brian's human life was taken and so many other lives have been changed forever. I know I am one of the many who will miss this beautiful, caring, and loving man. He is alive in so many hearts. It is my belief that his spirit is still among us from time to time.
We love and miss you so much Brian. We will be strong and hold you in our hearts forever.