In October, 2010, Bonnie had cold symptoms again. For two days Bonnie stayed in bed. When the cold was gone she went to take a shower, which was when she found a lump on her breast. She got it checked out immediately. The Leukemia had taken a very rare form, and had massiated in the breast. “At this point we knew, that sometime or another, the cancer was going to take mom,” said Cassandra. The doctors decided to attempt radiation on the lump. However, with her already compromised immune system, Bonnie developed an infection, and had nothing to fight it. Within 48 hours the infection had multiplied into five. Eventually, the infections spread to the rest of her body, the only option was life support. Cassandra watched as her mother was set up with a breathing apparatus, and medicines to relax her, and ease the pain. The infection took her organs, and her body began to shut down. Cassandra, and her family, knew she didn’t want to be on life support. So, they took her off, and were told to expect her to be able to do her own breathing for only two hours. Bonnie never woke up from the medication, her body was already too shut down. However, she breathed on her own for 70 hours. “She was a fighter,” said Cassandra.
“Just trusting God no matter
what, is hard, but it brought us all this overwhelming peace.”
Cassandra, and her family stayed with her all night. Mourning, laughing, and talking. By morning they noticed she was breathing a lot differently, and fifteen minutes later she was gone.
“I have never watched somebody die before,” said Cassandra. “There was no physical reaction, you just could tell she wasn’t there anymore. She had struggled for four hours, but then there was no more struggling. It was so peaceful.” Cassandra writes memories of her mother down in a journal. At the beginning of her mother’s treatments, her grandmother told her to write down everything that was happening. She looks