In Memoriam - Lee Harbin Broadway
“Foremost, THANK YOU. Thank you to all of our friends, but especially perfect strangers from across the country. We have received many, many stories on the fund website from others that have lost loved ones or nearly lost their own lives due to a brain aneurysm. It is shocking, saddening and yet comforting to know we are not alone in this world when it comes to our unexpected loss. Lee would be moved to tears, as well, but realized life would not stop without her. In acknowledging that hard truth, she had volunteered as an organ donor.
Less than a month ago, Lee passed into the spiritual world, but she lives on in a very real way, today. Her lungs were transplanted in a young man in Michigan, her heart went to a woman in Louisville, KY, her liver and kidneys are now functioning in three people in the Charlotte area. Knowing she contributed and expanded various circles of life – and in our sorrow, the kids and I are consoled by your support and Lee’s memory.”
I have endured this same loss I lost my own mother at 16 from an aneurysm to the brain I'm now 32 just had an MRI done for my bad migraine and I just only hope my kids don't endure the same pain I give my condolences and my heart felt sympathy to the loved ones ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I am truly, and deeply sorry for your loss. I came across your story through MSN because I suffer from severe migraines - take medication for it, getting out of one right now - and read the last few lines from the article to not take for granted our loved ones. Sadly, I have been that person that has taken my wife and children from granted, including our humble home. We take life for granted and get too caught up in the "mix of it all" raising kids, paying bills, working until we are exhausted, that I forgot what mattered most- until I read your story. I am so, SO sorry that the mother of your four children, and your best friend has gone Home at such a young age. A girlfriend I dated in my teens, her father died of an aneurysm when she was a little girl. For what it's worth, I promise you, from one husband to another, from one man to another, I promise to not take my wife, my children, my God, and the beautiful life He has blessed me with for granted. I love you brother. May God bless you and keep you close to Him - and forevermore - while you are all going through this very difficult time together. (-Chris, Los Angeles, CA)
I am so sorry for your loss. This is so surreal - my son Andrew (age 46) had these same symptoms on 3/31/17. He lives in Minneapolis, and I live in Omaha, NE. He called at 1:35AM, screaming with a severe headache, telling me he could not walk, and he was vomiting. He thought he had the flu. I said that I would get my clothes on and drive to Minneapolis as he did not want me to call 911. When I got there 5 1/2 hrs. later, he was on the floor but still alive. I called 911, he had had a massive stroke and had a similar surgery as Lee, and was in a coma for 11 days. I was scheduled to have a meeting with the MD's, about taking him off the respirator. I think I had all of Nebraska praying for him- by the grace of God, he woke up the next day and he is still alive, and is one of God's miracles. He is paralyzed on the left side, and has a long road of recovery ahead. Hypertension is the silent killer and it is by God's will that Andy is still alive. We never know why God chooses who will go to heaven and who will stay on this earth. I know in my heart that Lee is looking down from heaven and that God is watching over you and your family.
I just wanted y'all to know that I gave anonymously because I don't need to share my name in the list of donations. I am so sorry for your incredible loss. I also, lost my Mother when I was 22 years. There is no greater feeling of loss that I have had to endure. My heart, my love, and my prayers are with you as you grieve. Please feel free to message me if you need a shoulder or an ear to listen. Please reach out to me if you need to. Take care and God Bless you all.
I had this same loss. My mom passed away when I was 10 and my brother had just turned 8. My brother had a lot of emotional symptoms and issues afterwards. We both did, but his were more prominent. I also have had MRI's of my brain because of headaches that I get. I am so so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. If you want to know more about the issues my brother had please fb message me.
I am 75 years old but I cried when I learned of your loss (and I still am, reading about your tragedy touched me so deeply). I'm notable to donate any money now but I will PRAY for you and will ask God to help you to be strong and recover as quickly as you are able with His Help. May His Love stay with you and your kids and reach out to Him He will always be at your side.. Your friend, Peter Cuett Beaumont, CA
Thanks so much for sharing ! Your story reminded me to not take life for granted. So often I live life to just live life and survive and not to appreciate my loved ones and life itself. We are not promised tomorrow and I am so deeply moved by your story. It is such a devastating loss for your family. I hope you realize that she is still here....everytime you look at your children...you will see her. Here is wishing you peace in your time of deep sorrow.
My husband, Bill, passed away from a brain aneurysm. It will be 10 years on November 27th. He went to work w/a headache thinking it would go away. After landing in a local hospital & then being sent to Gainesville, FL he had surgery. Unfortunately he survived the surgery but not the after effects. You Mom/Wife will always be in your hearts just like my husband is in mine. Make sure your doctors know your family history just in case the kids have issues down the road.
I also send my prayers for your family and for your children. When I was 13 years old, I lost my mother suddenly of a brain aneurysm when she was only 38 years old. The doctors were unable to properly diagnose her symptoms even though she knew there was something seriously wrong. I didn't grieve properly because I never saw her again and I suffered depression for years until my grief was uncovered by accident 20 years later when I visited her sister, my aunt who we were close to when my mother was alive. When I smelled the sweet smells of Christmas candy in her home, I was reminded of my Mother and the grief came out for the first time in 20 years. Children need extra help to get through. My heart goes out to your children....
I pray your strength in the Lord
To the Broadway Family: Dearest Eric, Adair, Avery, Alex, and Adrien, I just read the story online about your tragic loss of Lee. I offer you my deepest condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, and friend. No words can do justice to the pain you all must be feeling. My Mom died when I was 3, an event that scarred me for my whole life. But it's also made me the man I am today. In my opinion, losing a loved one is the worst thing about life. But in time, after many months and years of processing your grief in therapy and with family and friends, you will each find the strength within you to allow this horrible loss to be a part of your story and to empower you to deal with the life left to be lived, as Lee would want you to do. Whatever your belief, wherever she is now, her Spirit loves you all to pieces as she did in life, and wants you to be healthy, happy, and strong. Find your inner strength in your tears--don't try to "be strong." Allow yourselves to fully grieve your grief and express your feelings, and ask for the support you need. I'm so sorry that Lee died at so young an age and had to endure such pain, and that you all have to go through such pain. But in time, your pain will pass, and your hearts will slowly begin to heal. Perhaps one day medical researchers will find the cure for aneurysms. One of you may even go into medicine to find that cure and honor the memory of your mother. Take care of yourselves.
My heart goes out to you and your family. Losing a loved one is a heart-breaking experience, but a sudden loss like this is not only heart-wrenching but confusing...how can this possibly be happening to my HEALTHY loved one. 4 years ago my sister went down while singing in the church choir. There were people there with her...they did everything right...the rescue came quickly...they did everything right...she went to the nearest (and one of the best) hospital...they too did everything right. They lowered her body functions to reduce pressure and did a CT. They told us that her best chance was at Duke University Hospital. She was immediately transferred to Duke. She collapsed around 8:30, by 10:30 that same night we were standing in the North Tower at Duke being briefed by her surgeons. They explained that if they allowed her body functions to return to normal she would surely die, that surgery was her only hope. They were able to remove a portion, used the coil and clamp method on the remaining area. Surgery was declared a success. We didn't know what she would be like when she awoke, but we were elated that she would live. Unfortunately, she suffered a brain stem stroke in recovery. She was declared brain dead. Other than the aneurysm she was perfectly healthy. It was not s simple as removing the vent - she was breathing just fine. Our only choice was to remove all nutrition . It was an agonizing 17 days for our entire family. My reason for sharing this with you is two-fold. First, the doctors at Duke told us that the type of aneurysm that she had can sometimes be hereditary. That we should all get an MRI. We have one family member - seemingly perfectly healthy that is now on medication. The MRI showed problems and he was prescribed daily meds to lower his blood pressure. He was 32 at the time. Finding this before it ruptured no doubt has saved his life. (If you want to know how to MRI's for your children, text me. I will tell you what the doctors at Duke told us.) Second, even though it may not seem like it now, you will wake up each day and go forward, you will laugh again, you will eventually love again. She gave you 4 beautiful shining lights to show you the way to carry on. What a gift. God bless you.
I am sorry for your loss . In 1977, I was diagnosed with a aneurysm I was 21 there was nothing they could do anything the dr said if i survive ten years nine years went by the one aneurysm turned in to five I had three brain surgeries within a years time I lost my sight in my left eye, some of my hearing in my right ear the headaches never went away it felt like a hammer beating me 2008 one started to rupture but through the grace of GOD it stopped bleeding & I am still here GOD ALMIGHTY will be with you & children
Dear Broadway family, I am very sorry for the loss of your wife and mother, I lost a cousin who was taking oral contraceptive pills to an aneurysm which the PILL can cause and also increases your risk of an aneurysm. if Lee was taking this pill, I would find a good Lawyer and sue the pill company if this the case for the loss of someone so dear. again I am so sorry that you lost Lee and I have read on the internet that the birth control pills are the major cause of aneurysms. you are all in my prayers and if she was NOT on this PILL, check any medications she was taking, if any and see if any medications cause aneurysms. sincerely MB
I suffered from an aneurysm in 2005. My doctor was renowned neurosurgeon Jeffrey Thomas. He informed me that aneurysms are hereditary. My mother passed from hers bursting. It is suspected that the same thing took my grandfather 's life. As a result, my sister had an MRI as well as my nieces. Her children should also get MRI's when they are older. They can not be monitored if they are not diagnosed. Condolences to the family.
I'm so sorry for your loss, To the kids, your Mom will be with you everyday. Make her proud ( as I'm crying ) . She will always walk with you. Dad? will do the best he can, remember to always respect him... Lot's of love and hugs.
My mom also passed at 40 from a brain aneurysm. My heart goes out to this family. We too were very young when she died. god bless you all.