Reginald E. Turner, II 03/03/1984 - 12/01/2012
by Kathy Turner
(North Wilkesboro, NC USA)
My son fought sickle cell disease for 28 years. He was diagnosed at the age of 5. He never let the diseases dictate his life or who he was and wanted to become. At the time of his death, he was a senior at Western Carolina University. Reggie wanted to become a history teacher and make a difference in the lives of young people.
He loved music and was a fabulous guitarist. He played in two bands and did a Midwestern tour with his band (Forever in Despair: FID)
Though his father walked out on us when Reggie was only three,I made sure he had everything he needed. I had returned to teaching when Reggie was 3 and from time to time, often worked two jobs to ensure that he had the medical care, food, clothing, and shelter needed. Five years before Reggie died, his father found us and tried hard to reconnect with his son. I called his father the Tuesday following Reggie's liver biopsy that revealed a small amount of Cirrhosis. On that Wednesday, his father had plane fare and was due to arrive on Saturday. On Thursday, Reggie was moved to ICU when his kidneys began to fail. The doctors began dialysis on Thursday morning, then his bowels began to fail. By Saturday morning, the doctors informed me that Reggie on had hours to live despite all the treatments. Reggie transitioned this life at 7:51 pm and his father arrived after I had left the hospital, about an hour after Reggie had died.
I still talk with his father occasionally, he lives in CA and I live in NC. I don't know where to go, what to do or how to survive without my son. He was the joy of my life, a true gift from God. Now I have lost all hope and my faith has vanished.