That's how I've been feeling for the past few hours. A little after six, my dad called to tell me that my brother-in-law was taking my sister into the hospital, because she was having trouble breathing. Something about a new food allergy that she had mentioned a couple of days ago.
By the time I got to the hospital, she was gone.
I never could have imagined how hard it was to write that sentence. My sister is five years younger than me; 34. She certainly had her health issues, but this is so far out of left field that I can't make it make sense. And they still aren't sure what actually caused the problem.
Four hours ago my life changed instantly, fundamentally, and I was aware of it.
I have no words, my friend. All I can do is offer my love and condolences. Stacie, like your entire family, was good people. I don't really know exactly what you're going through, but I knew a similar loss when I lost my uncle suddenly and out of nowhere... but this is clearly different.
If you ever need an ear, you know how to contact me.
Thank you. I can deal with the facts, but the overall situation just doesn't process. And I can't imagine what my parents are going through..."it was all so sudden" doesn't do it justice...it's impossible.