Allison Brady, 17, tragically lost both her parents to COVID-19 this past year.
“My mom was the first one to get sick,” Allison said thinking back, struggling to place the times and dates. Allison recalled it was eight days before her 17th birthday when her world was turned upside down.
“My mom was the first one to get sick,” Allison shared, recalling it was eight days before her 17th birthday before tragedy struck.
“It was just very scary. It didn’t seem real,” Allison said.
Her mother Kimberly was a hairstylist who had been in and out of the hospital fighting diabetes. And when she moved into an assisted living facility Kimberly was one of the high-risk vaccine recipients last fall.
But after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 19, her condition declined fast.
Allison witnessed doctors take her mother off life support on Tuesday, Sept. 21. And then, six days later, her father Jim was diagnosed.
“Her funeral was Monday morning [Sept. 27],” said Allison. “Sunday night, he was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital, and Monday morning, my father passed away from COVID.”
A few days before Thanksgiving, Allison admitted how holidays would be “very, very difficult.”
Allison’s father had recently started the vaccination process so that he could visit his wife at the nursing facility. Mimi DeWine, Jim’s sister, said he died 12 hours after receiving his positive COVID-19 test. She felt he had died from a broken heart.
“He couldn’t live without Kimberly,” DeWine cried. “Six days. He barely lasted six days. He just couldn’t do it without her.”
Allison couldn’t attend her mother’s funeral, as she was also battling COVID-19.
“I couldn’t even get up and go down the stairs,” Allison said. “I was running really low on breath, not wanting to eat anything, not wanting to drink anything, not wanting to do anything. Just feeling really weak.”
Allison was so worried about herself that she thought about taking her own life.
“I thought that every day,” she said.
“It really has been hard,” Allison said of the last two months. “I guess you get through it day by day.”
Regarding the virus, Allison added, “It is real. Be safe. Look what happened to me. It’s not something fun to go through, so really try to be safe.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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