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Don and I have been married 30 years and have known each other for 39 years. Together we raised 3 sons and we also have six grandchildren who loved their “papa” . Covid-19 took my husband on 1/31/21. He was a great person loved by all ❤️. He was always willing to help those in need. He had a 22 year military career in the US Army and also worked for the State of NY for 32 years. Our hope was to travel a bit more. Don was placed at The Gerald B Solomon National Cemetery in Schylerville NY near Saratoga Springs. He always had a smile. I will forever love him. He was my world. Until we meet again my love.

In April 2020, I became very stressed with my hospital job, with people in Kansas not taking COVID seriously, with my daughter being in remote learning. I removed myself from the sibling group text, and forgot to put myself back on. I will regret that forever. I put myself back on July 20, the day they all got their positive COVID results, but I had not known about the 5 days of symptoms prior to those test results. I was able to reach Cisco’s doctor and advise him to put Cisco on remdesivir and dexamethasone, giving exact dosages, etc. The doctors in Texas were dealing with their first surge; I feel certain this helped us (barely) get our positive outcome. Roberto was in a different hospital, different doctors. He went in the hospital two days before he died, was discharged on day later, and then died the following day on the way back to the hospital. For me, the pandemic will always be that 15 minute zoom funeral. I never got to speak to Roberto again. My heart breaks every day about my decision to get off the sibling group text.

– Susan Smith, New York