My world was turned upside down when I was given the news that my ten-year-old son Austin had drowned while on a boating trip with his father. To say that my heart was broken is a complete understatement. I felt as if there was a giant hole punched clear through my soul. I couldn’t believe that something like that was happening to me, nor did I know how I would ever survive the loss of a child.
Mom, “I lost Austin”, was all I heard from my 17-year-old daughter Brittani. She was screaming into the phone. I was sitting at a realtor’s open house with my husband Tony. To this day, I am sure she does not know that she used the words “I lost”. I tell you I could hear the fear in her voice so clearly. “Mom, I am so scared. I don’t know what to do”. At this point my knees buckled and I was on the floor. The tiny voice inside of my head kept repeating, keep your voice strong. Don’t let her know that you are scared.