Do you keep a diary?
Diaries are a great way for us to note important events in our lives, to capture our day to day emotions, to clear thoughts, lying cluttered in our heads.
If you’re a Disney animator on the other hand, keeping a diary is a great way to capture your doodles – I guess you could call it your ‘doodle diary’.
Gary Andrews decided to start on his 54th birthday by capturing the joy of his family life with his beautiful wife and children.
Three years, tragedy struck and Gary was left a widower and single parent.
Joy, Gary’s wife fell ill while he was away on a work trip to Canada. It started off as them assuming she was down with the flu, but things were actually a lot worse.
Gary rushed home to be with his ill wife and unfortunately arrived to hear that she had devastatingly passed away from sepsis.
Struggling to grasp what had happened and battling with an overflow of emotions, Gary communicated how he felt through the most beautiful, personal way he could.
“I was crying so hard it was difficult to focus on the page. I was drawing through tears,” he told the Daily Mail. “Joy had been my soulmate for 19 years. She was beautiful, kind, generous and funny. We did everything together. When I lost her, I felt half of me had gone.”
Gary kept this going throughout the varying stages of grief and somehow managed to incorporate the joy his children brought him throughout this trying time while being a single parent.
Sepsis is highly ignored and is the silent killer many lack any knowledge on. The symptoms are so close to the common flu that many doctors only realize what’s going on when it’s too late.
Ironically, a simple course of antibiotics could easily clear it up if caught in time.
“From the minute Joy was admitted to hospital, specialists from every department tried to find out what was wrong,’ he says. “They couldn’t have done more. It wasn’t until the post-mortem that they narrowed it down to sepsis.”
“Blame and ‘what ifs’ won’t bring Joy back. Would she still be alive if I hadn’t been to Canada and a doctor had been called a day earlier? I can’t think about things like that. What happened has happened, and you have to come to terms with it. I want to move forward, to honor Joy’s memory and bring up our kids in a way she would have approved of.”
Scroll down to see the magical drawings Gary managed to doodle down in his diary, the most emotional state of a person’s mind coming to light.