One of the most difficult things that we could ever experience in life is losing a loved one in death.
Danielle Gibson, a 33-year-old mother of four from Lebanon, Tennessee experienced this on January 30. The father of her children, Danielle’s husband was dying. Prior to the time that her husband, Tony passed away, he heard his wife’s beautiful voice again.
Tony started to experience rapid memory loss in December 2017. “He would get so confused I would have to label the rooms in our home,” Danielle wrote.
His memory was deteriorating further from that point and they had no idea why he was dealing with it for months. Finally, they received a diagnosis from doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Tony was put through a month of testing and in May 2018, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Most people know this disease as the human form of mad cow disease and it is exceedingly rare. It can happen when you come in contact with infected meat, including eating it. There isn’t a cure and most people die within a year of contracting it.
Danielle continued to take care of him until she felt it was necessary to put him in a nursing home. She continued to stick by his side till the end.
Three days before he died, she comforted him with his favorite song, ‘Amazing Grace’. It seemed to have the right effect because he looked over at her as if to let her know he was hearing.
The video of her singing to her husband was uploaded to Facebook and the family received an outpouring of support. This is true in the comments but it was also true when they started donating to a GoFundMe account to help the family.
Although her husband passed away, Danielle continues to be strong. She said: “Tony has always been so strong. He fought a damn good fight. Our hearts are broken but we take comfort in knowing this fight is over.”
Singing his favorite hymn has such a calming affect #AmazingGrace #CureCJD 💜💜💜Posted by Danielle Gibson on Sunday, January 27, 2019