Candice Steed remembers peering at her mother through a hospital room window in Bakersfield when she was just 8 years old .
Sharron Steed lay heavily sedated, a ventilator keeping her weakened body alive.
“They told us to say goodbye to my mom,” recalled Candice , now 20.
Sharron, a social worker, had contracted a severe form of valley fever. It ravaged her body with night sweats and fevers. A collapsed lung landed her in the hospital, and the symptoms only got worse.