Alisa - Isn't it amazing how even plants can have sentimental attachments! I am going to direct you to your local Extension office, since you may need to bring in photos or a sample to help diagnose the issue. Plus, they are more familiar with your recent weather, which may have an effect on it. The website is: http://offices.aces.edu/calhoun/
and the actual office appears to be in the county administration building: County Administration Building 1702 Noble Street, Suite 108 Anniston, AL 36201 Phone: (256) 237-1621 Hope that helps!