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Hi, my name is Kayla, I’m 19 years-old and my mom just died September 19, 2011. I had gone down to Lacon, IL to visit with my family. While I was down there, my dad had a heart attack for the third time, and the day after he got out of the hospital, my mom died.

It was so unexpected. The day before she passed away, she couldn’t lift her own body weight. I had to lift her off her bed to help her in her hoover round, since she had her leg amputated in 2009. In the past four years, her health had gotten a lot worse. I’ve been taking care of her since I was 12. Diabetes is what caused her death September 19, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. at home in her bed.

I know it’s been about two months since she passed away, but I think of all the good times we had together. I do think about how she’s gone, but she’s not gone mentally, just physically. We have to live day by day and take one step at a time. Just because you lost someone in your family doesn’t make it ok to just be depressed everyday. They are still with you here today. So take my advice and live day by day like there is no tomorrow and take one step at a time. You only live once. Now that my mom’s gone, none of the family has anything to do with me.

I thought of the good times we had together. I didn’t sit there and cry everyday. I live day by day thinking about her beautiful smile. I look at all the pictures we have together. The message that I would like to leave with everyone is to live life like there is no tomorrow because you never know when your time will come. Take one step at a time.

I am making it through this death of my mom’s because I’m thinking about her and the good times we had together.

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