|MRW 6.20.88 - 10.3.08|
When I wrote and had my story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles, I didn't share how he died. I didn't think it was pertinent to the point I was making. But now that I've been more active in the SADS Foundation (mostly donating money, signing petitions when I can and sharing information with others), I realize that it is important to help with anyone who may have the symptoms that lead to SADS. You can read all about the conditions associated with the syndrom here.
I'm not writing this to ask you to donate money, although that always helps with the research, I just want to share a cause that hits close to my heart (no pun intended).
Some people don't like to acknowledge the anniversaries of people they've lost, but I think that it's more than okay. I was lucky to have known, dated, and loved Matty, so today I am reminded of all the good that has come from that loss.
I don't know why, but the Rascall Flatts song "Here" has always reminded me of Matt and how my very broken heart helped me learn a lot more than a 20-year-old should, live through a tough time and get to where I am today.
"And I wouldn't change a thing
I'd walk right back through the rain
Back to every broken heart
On the day that it was breakin'
And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to you and got me here..."