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Thank youI just wanted to take a moment to say a very heart-felt "Thank you" to my Crossfit fam-u-lee for all of the support youve offered my family while weve been dealing with the loss of my eldest daughter, Alexis. There are no words that can express the level of our grief over her untimely passing, but our hearts have been lifted by the kindness, caring and love weve received from so many of you. Youre amazing.
And, while this isnt really something Im particularly good at and this may not be the best forum for it, I also wanted to share a little about Alexis.
In life, Alexis was a force to be reckoned with. She was proud, stubborn and would not back down if she disagreed with you on something. She often gave her mother and I, as well as Pashun and her step-father Joe, fits and headaches. However, she was also immensely loyal, honest and full of love and a desire to have fun.
She recently turned 23. A year and a half ago, she gave birth to my beautiful grandson, Ayden. Possibly as a result of the pregnancy, or perhaps as the result of pneumonia that went undiagnosed for several months, Alexis developed an issue with her heart, broadly known as cardio myopathy. Her heart wasnt able to pump out blood as fast as it was pumping it in. As a result, it slowly enlarged and became irreparably damaged. She was to be placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant, but in order to survive the wait, she first needed an operation to install a device called an LVAD. My understanding is that the purpose of the LVAD is to alleviate burden on the heart by bypassing much of the blood flow around it. It was shortly after this operation that Alexis passed.
It was apparent at her funeral, by the number of people in attendance, that she was well loved and will be sorely missed by so many.
Though my grandson will never know his mother, he will certainly know of her. Everyone who spent time with Alexis holds a puzzle piece of her life to share with him. While, individually, those puzzle pieces dont contain much, together they reveal a more complete picture of her life from which Ayden can know who she was, what she was like and how much she loved him.
Alexis family and friends have a long road ahead of us as we deal with losing her. Please know that the support and comfort youve offered have touched our hearts and lifted our spirits.
Thank you again.
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KeeganW 12/04/2013 11:34:55well said
CoachYocom 11/13/2013 15:35:36What great words! We are here for you two!!!!!
KatherineM 11/11/2013 09:34:22We love you and Pashun, Jeremy.
ClintonP 11/08/2013 15:01:41Well said, my friend. Good to see you back.