8:02pm

Once again I am departing from my standard writing and babble!  I am compelled to write this story and I hope that you will understand.

A few years ago, I can’t remember exactly how many, maybe four or five to the best of my recollection, my oldest son, Jason introduced me to one of his good friends, Sol Rodriquez.  He impressed me as a very polite and well spoken young man. 

Now fast forward to about a year and a half ago, Jason tells me of the sudden and serious problems that have come to Sol’s wife Monica.  To make a long story short, she had been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer with no known cure at that time.  Additionally, they have had one child and she was pregnant with the second child at the time of the diagnosis.  My son told me that Sol and Monica had a web site, that Monica was writing on that site about her journey through this ordeal.  Both Karen and I began to read her story and subscribed to the updates from their site. 

It was rivoting!  It wasn’t long before Monica and her life was intertwined with ours.  We celebated her victories and we were sad with the pit falls.  Monica exhibited courage, strength, and faith at a level far greater than most people twice her age!  Monica affected our lives profoundly, and I am sure many, many other lives as well.    

Monica Rodriquez fought the battle of her life for a year and a half, day in and day out, 24 hours a day!  

THAT BATTLE WAS, IN FACT, THE BATTLE FOR HER LIFE!!!!! 

At 8:02 pm on Monday, May 10, 2009, Monica Rodriquez lost her battle with life

If you wish to read her chronicles and story, go to www.solandmonica.com .  I would suggest that you scroll down to the bottom, which would be the start of the saga, and progress back to the top of the site.  It is a very compelling account of what she and her family went through for all those months culminating with Sol’s very short, succinct , and heart wrenching post of  8:02

Monica, go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done!

So now you understand the title of this post…….8:02pm!

4 Replies to “8:02pm”

  1. That was a beautiful tribute to Monica, I hope Sol has a chance to read it after the Memorial service this evening. I know how much she touched my heart and I will forever be grateful for the way in which her story changed my life. It sure brought things into a different perspective when you saw life through her eyes ~~ via her blog. I know that she has to be the sweetest angel in heaven, as she was on earth.

    Your Wife….

  2. That was a beautiful tribute to Monica, I hope Sol has a chance to read it after the Memorial service this evening. I know how much she touched my heart and I will forever be grateful for the way in which her story changed my life. It sure brought things into a different perspective when you saw life through her eyes ~~ via her blog. I know that she has to be the sweetest angel in heaven, as she was on earth.

    Your Wife….

  3. Leon,
    Quite a few years back we also met Sol and Monica for the first time and we were so impressed with them both. They were so happy and full of life and most importantly Faith! Jeremy and I have been following her blog on their website each and every day since Jason told us of her unfortunate illness. The death of Monica struck us as a huge shock and brought back so many bad emotions and feelings. Yet to our surprise it actually brought Jeremy and I closer to eachother. We had such a great talk following the news, and we cried and realized that although what happened to us was such a tragedy, we are truly blessed to have had our girls for a short while. We thank God each and everyday for the wonderful gifts that God has given us here on earth; Cole, Hannah and eachother. I think we can all agree that what Monica accomplished in her short life is much more than most of us can do in our entire lifetime. She was definitely an Angel sent from above!

    Stephanie

  4. Leon,
    Quite a few years back we also met Sol and Monica for the first time and we were so impressed with them both. They were so happy and full of life and most importantly Faith! Jeremy and I have been following her blog on their website each and every day since Jason told us of her unfortunate illness. The death of Monica struck us as a huge shock and brought back so many bad emotions and feelings. Yet to our surprise it actually brought Jeremy and I closer to eachother. We had such a great talk following the news, and we cried and realized that although what happened to us was such a tragedy, we are truly blessed to have had our girls for a short while. We thank God each and everyday for the wonderful gifts that God has given us here on earth; Cole, Hannah and eachother. I think we can all agree that what Monica accomplished in her short life is much more than most of us can do in our entire lifetime. She was definitely an Angel sent from above!

    Stephanie

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