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make it to the morning. When they arrived Nicole watched as her grandmother went in, and out of consciousness. “I just held her hand,” said Nicole. “I only kind of understood she was really leaving, but I did understand that my mom, and grandpa were weeping in the corner.” Her grandmother died the next morning after being sung “Happy Birthday” for her 45th birthday. Nicole holds fond memories of her grandmother. After her lessons and assignments for her schooling she recalls walking over to her grandmother’s house to work on homework while her parents were away. She remembers playing board games with the one person she saw as the only one who liked playing games with her, and learning valuable life lessons. “I remember trying to memorize a verse for church, and it was long, and I had put it off, and couldn’t get it, and just wanted to give up,” said Nicole, “but she said, Iit might be hard now, but it will be worth it down the road. So, don’t give up!’ “ Nicole calls this to mind today, in times she feels like giving up.

“There “It might be hard now but it will be worth have been many times it down the road, so don’t give up!” I have wanted to give up, but I tell myself, ‘You know, it might be worth it down the road’,” said Nicole. Looking back Nicole stresses spending whatever time you can with family, even if they are going in and out of consciousness. “You will always look back and remember,” said Nicole. “Someday, I am going to hang them up in my own place,” said Nicole. During her time of initial loss, Nicole was surrounded by her parents, and church and, sees them as the reason she was able to deal with the loss. Nicole, now remembers her grandmother, and lives by her piece of wisdom: “Never give up, because in the end it just might be worth it.”

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Looking back Nicole stresses spending whatever time you can with family, even if they are going in and out of consciousness. When they arriv...

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