Forever in my heart ~ Never to be forgotten...
by Kathleen Andrews-Davis
(Taunton, MA, USA)
Written by: Kathy Andrews-Davis - Raynham/Taunton, MA
July 19, 2013
In loving memory of my brother & my sister:
Richard E. Andrews, Jr. - 10/29/62-1/22/78
Kelley J. Andrews - 3/24/67-8/16/84
I am the oldest sibling of three. My brother, Richard, JR., was one year younger than me and my sister, Kelley Jean, was six years younger than me.
Both Richard's and Kelley's lives were cut short in their mid-teens by similar congential heart disorders which were genetic. I, was tested, and found not to have the heart valve disorder that took both my siblings lives and left me the "sole survivor".
Richard died on 1/22/78 at the age of 15. I miss him dearly. My sister died on 8/16/84 at the age of 17 - three weeks before my wedding.
Because their heart disorders are genetic, when I married, I chose not to have children. The condition could be passed on to my child and I did not want to have to live with the fact that another young person that I loved could die.
My life has never been the same. It has also been difficult to find people who I can share my story with and also who have had a smiliar life as myself.
I should feel "lucky" to be alive, but I have had bouts of anxiety, guilt and depression wondering why I was spared and they had to die at such a young age.
There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of the both of them.
I have been divorced for 12 years now. My saving grace is that I finally found my soul mate and we are engaged to be married soon.
I am also thankful to have found this website so I could share my story.