I met Sharon in middle school....I think 6th grade. She was the 'it' girl. She could win anyone over with that smile, and her bubbly personality. Everyone was just drawn to her and I'm not sure she even noticed half the time. Her beauty inside and out was just effortless. I didn't grow up with Sharon, Kelly, Tina, and Melissa. They all became close friends of mine but I didn't have the deepness they did. They knew each other better than anyone. Sharon always welcomed me in. One thing I learned from watching Sharon was that she was fiercely protective of her friends. She loved them to the core, no matter what. She always was never afraid to tell it like it is. No holds barred. I have endless memories of hanging out....pretty much doing nothing but being silly and carefree. Funny a lot of my memories with her revolve around food....french fries, cupcakes, dessert. And that laugh....oh that laugh! You'd never expect that to come out of petite little Sharon. She did struggle with her epilepsy but she didn't let it define her. I remember her seizure on the way to Framingham State. I was away at college, but I remember thinking what now? She was determined to graduate, and she did. I remember a seizure at the mall but she still worked. She never gave up. I remember new medicine she was on that made her gain weight, but she still tried it. I remember the treatment in the hospital with all those lovely sensors and wires hoping that she'd get some answers. And her sneaking out to smoke a butt hahahaaa and no one ever noticed! Sharon was caring, loving, determined, spunky, effortless, loyal, and most of all she is missed.
This blog was created by Donna Gath Criswell, Sharon's mom. This space is for sharing stories or telling us about Sharon in order to keep the life of this amazing young woman alive. I thank you from the bottom of my broken heart.