Ann Burtchaell Lee
6/19/54 - 11/5/15
November of 2014 my mom had her first stroke. The aftermath that followed turned my family and my world upside down. The strongest woman I have ever know was suddenly vulnerable in a way I could have never imagined. Witnessing her periods of extreme confusion combined with a rejection of all the things she dearly loved to participate in was at times too hard to bear. The helplessness of being at the mercy of this complete alteration of her personality was brutal. I desperately held on to the hope that her brain needed time to heal and she would get better. In May of 2015, Memorial Day, it was like someone flipped a switch, suddenly there she was cooking gumbo and stuffed artichokes and beating the family in a board game. She was back!! We had a wonderful summer, then she called me one night in late September saying she was seeing double, the next day she was admitted to the hospital for vision limitations caused from high blood pressure. She remained in the hospital for 6 weeks.....She walked in and I had no idea that she would not walk out. She had another small stroke during that time; then in the afternoon of November 3rd she suffered a massive stroke that permanently affected her brain stem which controlled her breathing. Keep in mind I'm a Respiratory Therapist but yet I was powerless to the events that would impact my life and my family forever.......On the morning of November 5th I watched the woman who gave me life, my superhero take her last breath. There are no words to describe the agony of this loss. I miss her every day. She's the voice in my head..... if you had the honor of knowing her you understand what that voice meant. Learning to live without her was a lesson I never anticipated to be faced with at the age of 44. I realize all of us at some point suffer unexpected loss, some things possibly preventable others may not be. Knowing that there's a cause specifically focused on education for controlling high blood pressure and preventing stroke and heart attack demands my support. I'm asking that you consider joining me on May 9th as I participate in American Heart Associations HeartWalk. With your
donation, we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has a heart defect. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diagnosis of heart disease or suffering from a stroke. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.
The power we have together far outweighs what I can do alone. I walk in loving memory of my mom, I walk for me, I walk for life........
My Personal Page: https://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3002&pg=personal&px=102127