She was supposed to get 28,871 days here; she got less than 13,540. It’s so damn unfair.
Someone wrote a public FB post after his own wife, Sunday Dennis, passed from a GBM. Sunday’s last words were, “It could be worse, don’t worry about it.” Her husband said that at the end, people are simply their truest selves, because there’s no reason to be anything but that.
One of the last things that Alison said to her mom was when her mom sat on the bed and Alison felt the room spin. She asked her mom, “Are you OK?” because she was worried her mom was going to fall.
And in the last real interaction Alison and I had, she heard me sighing and reached out to me to take my hand.
She said, “Don’t worry, Logan. We’ll get through this.”
Even at the very end, she was worried about her mother and me.
Which isn’t to say she wasn’t still witty and charming; when we told her brother’s birthday gift to her was a surprise visit, she grinned and said, “Send it back.”
That’s the essence of Alison and why she is the only woman I ever truly loved. Because she was everything I ever dreamed of: beautiful, smart, witty, neat as a pin – the importance of which you would understand if you ever saw the bachelor version of my pad – and, most of all, kind.
So incredibly kind.
Kindness has always been one of the things I’ve found most attractive in people. Because people value what’s rare and true kindness is so very rare.
After those interactions, Alison simply slept more and more until she could no longer speak. But when we said, “We love you,” she would mouth the same thing: “I love you too.”
In her last days, she’d feel around with her right hand for our hands. When she found them, she’d smile slightly and squeeze our hands, as if to reassure us that we’d get through it.
I hope she’s right. She was the brightest thing my life and I struggle in darkness without her.
I’ll love her until the end of my days.
But you knew that part already.
Me: I promise that I’ll take care of you until the end of my life. Because I love you and, even more, she loved you. I’ll never choose anyone or anything above you.
Son: (stares at me, smiles)
Me: We’ll get through this life together, you and I, OK? Your mamma said so.
Son: (laughs, runs away)
There will be no funeral, wake, nor memorial for Alison.
We didn’t have a ceremony for our engagement, wedding, pregnancy, or Nate’s birth so I’m not gonna start with a funeral for her.
If you want to do something for her, consider re-posting this or sending it to someone in lieu of flowers.
For those of you new to our story, the start of it is here although our life together really started here.
And the start of the cancer part of it is here.
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26 Replies to “We’ll get through this”
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Please stay strong for your son. May you feel her love with you always.
Logan I am so very sorry to hear this awful news. I knew Alison from high school and she was indeed an amazing person. You and your beautiful son are in my thoughts so much. You are so strong and you will get through this. You are an amazing husband and father!
I found your blog today after reading a post in which you were mentioned on http://www.speakingofchina.com. This post was my introduction to your blog. I am sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. Yes, you will get through this. I’ll be following your blog from now on. You write beautifully.
I never met her, but I have memories of her. She is your SING. I won’t forget that.
Sending light and love over your way Logan. I’m so sorry to hear about Alison. Heaven has a new angel and she is watching over you and Nate. Please take care of yourselves.
Thinking of you and your family.
Dear Logan. I’m sorry if this comes off wrong, but I consider you & Allison VERY fortunate.
You both had true love for each other in THE PUREST SENSE. And, I consider that so rare now. You speak of her strength & love for you & Nate, but I’m sure she’d say that your love fortified her. I have no words other than to say thank you for sharing your story with us strangers. Personally, it has given me hope in humanity. Since you shared such private thoughts with us, I’ll share this with you. I have only experienced abuse from my relationship with my partner, (escaped him recently), so to witness a man like you, love his partner with ALL his heart & soul like you have, makes ALL of my pain go away. I only wish I could now take your pain away & bring your light back–Allison. May she be your goddess holding your hand & heart in every step of the way in raising & loving sweet Nate. Although, I have no doubt you’ll do just fine even in that department. You & I are complete strangers, but I thank you & I weep for you, as a mom, myself. Be well. Breathe deeply. ❤️
What an exceptional woman.
We are truly sorry for your loss, there are no words to ease the pain, we know, because we just loss our son. My Grandchildren are the beam of light that keeps me going. Nate will do the same for you and Diane. Our heartfelt condolences to you and Diane and to the family.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I knew of your journey because of Jocelyn. I was stricken because my father has brain cancer. I hurt for you. What an incredible woman, what incredible love you shared. Her light is inside you, and inside your child.
I’ve never felt the loss of someone as close. I’m just so sorry for you and your sweet boy.
A thousand minds are keeping you close. You are not alone.