A story of strength, courage, and the will to move on even when you feel like you can’t.
The circle of life. It’s something we all know about but are never truly prepared for the unexpected. The unexpected that comes out of nowhere. No warning, no heads up, nothing. Just God giving us pure bliss and happiness and then taking it away in the blink of an eye. When you think of people dying, you think of the old who have fully lived their lives. You don’t think about the younger people who have just begun to build their future, nor do you think about the children that have just begun to live. It’s cruel and it’s unwanted. It leaves us devastated and to the point where we feel we can’t go on. It leaves a hole, an empty space in our hearts that stay with us until we heal. We all heal eventually, right? As the days go on and the years pass by, we never forget the ones we lost and we never forget the pain they left behind. But we do manage to feel somewhat normal again, maybe not completely, but we have no choice. For me, losing my husband to a massive heart attack on our one year wedding anniversary, and at the age of twenty-eight, was something I didn’t think I could ever heal from. The emptiness, the loneliness, the numbness, and the need to just get through the day was overwhelming. My name is Paisley Logan and this is my story.
Life. Full of surprises, disappointments and heartache. It’s strange how we live life with certainty. We’re certain that we’ll find the love of our life, get married, have children and live happily ever after. No one is ever prepared when a life threatening illness hits. We’re so busy living our daily lives that we don’t think about such things. I was naïve until my wife was diagnosed with cervical cancer and passed away less than a year later. I’m angry. She was the love of my life and we’d only been married five years. We wanted to start a family, and it’s when she had trouble getting pregnant that she was diagnosed. I’d never lost anyone before. I’d never experienced death. I felt like God was playing a cruel joke on me. How could he bring her into my life and then take her away so young. Even the best laid plans in life get altered. Mine did. Everyone kept telling me that time will heal all wounds, but this is a wound that would never fully be healed. Trying to get back to the normalcy of life was exhausting, so I didn’t try anymore. My name is Ben Preston and this is my story.