Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Leslie Sisti


I got some very sad news yesterday.. one of my favorite blogger friends, Leslie Sisti from A Blonde Ambition blog, passed away on Monday. She was only 30 years old and leaves behind her husband and two daughters under the age of two.

When Leslie was a year old she had open heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect caused by a rare condition called Ebstein's Anomaly. Other than a few scares since then, her health was in good condition. However, after having two back-to-back pregnancies, she began having heart problems  shortly after the birth of her second child.

Leslie wrote on her blog, "If you are more tired than normal, if something just doesn't feel right, if you feel like you can't get enough sleep even though you technically are, say something. Do something. Wave the white flag. I didn't. I thought I was just tired from chasing a toddler and caring for an 8-week-old. I thought I just needed to suck it up, drink some caffeine and stop complaining. In reality, I was having major heart trouble."

Her husband eventually convinced her to go to the doctor, and soon she had a three-month hospital stay while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with her heart. They did many tests to find the right heart medicine for her.  

She wrote, "The thing about enduring a long stay in a hospital is that it makes you appreciate the little things (being able to take a shower with no IV pole), so much more. You realize that your problems pale in comparison to what some people are going through.. and then you kind of want to slap yourself for ever complaining about the trivial things." 

She was released from the hospital in late May, but later returned to a hospital recently where she tragically passed away. 
I followed Leslie's blog for a long time and always enjoyed her sense of humor, YouTube tutorials and ideas on fashion and life! Leslie began blogging in 2009 because her first job out of college involved her maintaining a blog. In the six years since then, Leslie gained a very large blog following because she is such a talented writer.

She even met her husband from her blog through a singles match up on Kelly's Korner - you can read the story here

Everyone should take Leslie's story as a reminder that life is very short and can end at any time. It is so tragic that she passed at such a young age and my heart goes out to all her family and friends!

There is a way to help her family- since Leslie has left behind her husband and two infants, there is a Go Fund Me Account for a college fund for the girls, Caroline and Ainsley- you can donate to help their family here

Other bloggers are also doing tribute posts today and will use the hashtags #beblessedlovelies (which is how Leslie always signed off on her blog) as well as #rememberingleslie, if you would like to join in the tribute on your blog or Instagram accounts.

Life is short! Remembering Leslie,

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