Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner sponsored by the Kids LiveWell program from the National Restaurant Association. Those of you who read my blog or follow me on Twitter know...
It’s Heart Day! Giving Thanks
I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I write this post. And honestly I don't know why.
Four years ago today, my beautiful, vibrant daughter had open heart surgery to repair a defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. Read more about it on my post Giving Back or check out my previous celebration post: Happy Heart Day!
Every time I see this picture I can barely contain myself. Look at that beautiful face!
Everything is fine. I am lucky. We are lucky.My daughter is lucky!
My daughter will need another surgery once her heart stops growing which will be when she is around 18-20 years of age. But by then, I cannot even imagine the technological advances that would have been made. It is within the realm of possibility that the entire surgery could be done laparoscopically (through the belly button or some other tiny incision).
Our child is thriving. In fact, some might say she rules the roost. She really does.
Yet every year now on this day I reflect and give thanks. I am so thankful that my daughter was able to have the surgery that she desperately needed to stay alive.
I am so thankful to the doctors and nurses who performed the surgery and took care of my child afterwards.
I am forever indebted to all of the wonderful people in my life who provided support during this time.
Mostly, I am thankful that I have this child. Even with all of the stress and everything that our family went through, especially my daughter, I would do it all again. In a second. Just to have this beautiful child in my life.
I love you Laurel! I am so proud, humbled and honored to be your mother. Every. Single. Day.
I am lucky.
Happy Heart Day, everyone!