Feb 18, 2009

Road to Heaven

I know I was supposed to write something happier, but today I lost a friend. I don't think I've mentioned it on my blog before, but I work at a health department and coordinate communicable disease outreach efforts for our county. "Communicable disease" is primarily HIV. Before I worked here, I was with American Red Cross and taught the HIV/AIDS prevention courses, and also did a lot when I worked at the med school. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've always been involved with HIV/AIDS in our community for as long as I can remember.

My friend David Aldridge has always been there. We met when we took our instructor course together several years ago. We've worked together planning events, support groups, and all things in between. His wife worked for my stepdad years ago and they were just great people. David was HIV+. He also had cancer. I talked to him before I left for the mountains and I knew he was sick. I knew his brain tumor was back and I knew he was struggling.

I said a prayer for him, and for his wife. But I knew he would bounce back. He always does. He'd been battling HIV and cancer for years. He was a fighter. When he was sick, I worried, but I didn't panic because he always got better. He always did.

The tumor caused seizures and convulsions so he was medically induced into a coma. Last night, his soul went to Heaven. David was the happiest, most upbeat person you could meet. He was real. He was my go-to person when I needed help with someone who was newly infected. He was my go-to person when I needed a boost in my work. More importantly, he was loved by everyone who knew him and he will be missed more than he could ever know.

Today, I am sad that I have lost a friend, but I am comforted in knowing that he is with the Lord and in a place with no pain or struggle. Please pray for David's family.


brittany said...

I only met him once...but sounds like he touched so many lives. He is in a happier place now.

Abbie H. said...

I'm sorry that you and his family are having to go through this right now.

All will be in my prayers!

Domestic Goddess said...

I am so sorry for your loss, it is so hard to watch such an influential person that you care about and that has made such an impact on lives suffer and lose their battle. Please know I will keep everyone in my prayers! I am sure he is living it up in Heaven but it is still very hard for everyone he left here!

pippasmum said...

It certainly sounds like he had a huge impact on many lives. I am so sorry for your loss.
I will be praying for you and for his family.

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
You don't change the world by trying to change the world; you change the world by changing yourself.
-Gerry Straub