|Mark --in the Smoky Mountains|
Her death was listed as a suicide --but Mark thinks that she had been doing so well the past couple of years that she decided to get off of her medications. Of course, neither Mark, nor Debbie's four daughters, nor her friends had any idea that she wasn't taking her meds.... In the end, when Mark was out of the house, Debbie took WAY too many meds and over-dosed....
There is so much most of us do not know about mental illness. Mark learned a lot during their relationship --but he learned MUCH more after her death... Nobody likes to take those powerful medications. Even I HATE taking my A Fib meds because all medications have side effects... I'd love to get off of those drugs --but I know that I CANNOT.
Debbie and Mark had been so happy together. Her daughters and friends have always said that she was the happiest with Mark than she had been her whole life. All of us in the family loved her and her vivacious personality. Mark thought that he had found a partner for life ---and then she was GONE.
Even though he had a fabulous job in Texas, Mark decided that he was ready to come 'home'---back to Tennessee. That was a huge decision for him. But--he knew that he needed family, and a new place with fewer memories.
|Mark's picture showing one of their hiking trails in the Smokies|
|One of Mark's photos in Cades Cove in the Smokies|
|Photo taken in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains|
|Mark and brother Bert (who have so much in common) enjoy being together when they hike, go to games --or just enjoy a meal with us!!!!|
|"Pappa" Mark and Vivi |
In January of 2018, Mark's granddaughter, Vivian Lee, was born. That's another blessing --not just to Mark but also to all of us in the family.
|Diana and Mark|
|a 2nd Granddaughter is coming!!!|
|Mark brought Diana to Tennessee in the Fall to see if she liked it... She DID.|
YES---life can be hard for any of us. BUT--when life does throw those tragedies in our face, we either choose to sit around and let it consume us --or we find the strength to move on with our lives. There is ALWAYS joy to be found if we keep the right attitude and be willing to search for that JOY.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Mark and what is going on in his life now.