LONGVIEW, Texas (October 23, 2014) – A real life ‘P.S. I Love You’ story – a woman discovered dozens of letters written by her husband after he passed away.
Four years ago 26-year-old Mitchell Whisenhunt was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affects the body’s connective tissue, which is used to hold together organs, cells and tissue.
But that didn’t stop him from living his life to the fullest.
Since his diagnosis, he married the love of his life and welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world.
Unfortunately, Mitchell, who would have turned 27 next week, lost his battle with Marfan syndrome Saturday, Oct. 18th.
But even after his death, Mitchell found a way to bring happiness and comfort to his loved ones.
According to KLTV, shortly after his passing, Mitchell’s wife, Ashley Whisenhunt, discovered letters her husband wrote, along with notebooks of poetry.
The letters are addressed to members of the family, the community, and dozens to his 18-month-old daughter, Brynleigh.
KLTV reports that the first letter reads as follows: “If this is being read, I have passed. In this grieving period for my wife, the last thing I want her to worry about is the coming cost of my funeral.”
The rest of the letters are designated to be opened on certain dates.
Some are for his wife, Ashley, on their wedding anniversaries. Others are for their daughter who will receive a letter every year on her birthday until she turns 18.
One letter was even addressed to their Longview, Texas, community, thanking them for their support.
Ashley said she would respect her husband’s wishes and open each letter on the date he planned, but there was one special surprise he left her that hit the hardest.
In a spiral notebook that Ashley used before she dropped out of college to care for her husband, he wrote a letter to her asking that she publish a book of poetry he had had written.
“He is all I ever had,” Ashley said of the man she fell in love with as a teenager. “We have been together since before we knew what love and life was about.”