Source: Sherman Publications

Community support system reaches out to family in need

January 05, 2011

Dear Editor,

My friends, my family: On Dec. 6, I lost my best friend and soulmate, John Jasso. The father of my three children and my husband of 14 years was taken from me with a rapid and unforeseen illness I still donít understand, just hours before his 35th birthday. It was the darkest time in my life and I was certain my family would never recover. How? How would we ever manage without him? Within a short period, I quickly learned John didnít leave us alone. He left us with a gift I never knew was there. He left us with you.

The warmth you, my new extended family, have showered down on us has lifted my spirits to unimaginable heights. You have moved me in a way that words simply cannot describe. Each of you has stepped up into a role you didnít have to take and have been nothing less then kind, giving, compassionate, generous and devoted. You did this happily while sharing our tears and holding us with open arms. Never questioning if you should.

I wish I could thank each of you personally for giving me the courage to move forward. Alas, some of you have remained anonymous and I will never know your faces. However, I hope you do know I feel your kindness. I know you are out there sharing our pain and feeling our healing.

My sons, Johnny, Jacob and Joshua and I know that we are not alone in our uphill journey without John. We have a new hope. We have a support system that reaches beyond what our fingers can grasp. We have what can only be described as love. Love from all of you to each of us.

I am filled with a light stronger than the power of a million suns. I have you to thank for that. You all have given me a strength I didnít know I was capable of. I am confident that together with old familiar friends and the new family we now have, we will carry on.

Thank you so very much.

Sian Jasso