I have a permanent smile on my face. I am so happy and grateful for how things have turned out with Madison. I feel like shouting for joy, laughing, and crying at the same time. I've mentioned this to a few friends, but this experience has been the most spiritual experience for Mark and I. Never before have we felt so close to our Heavenly Father and His direct plan for Madison and our family. Going through this has raised us to a whole new level. We will never take life for granted.
Update on Madison: Maddie is continuing to do amazingly well. Today we had our 3rd cardiology appointment since coming home. Madison has cardiology appointments twice a week (Monday and Thursday) At each appointment, Madison has blood work, an echo, EKG, meet with one of the Transplant Coordinators (Michelle or Emily), and then our appointment with Dr. Everitt. Each appointment has looked better and better. I still love watching her echos. There is such a dramatic difference between her old and new heart. Her new heart is absolutely perfect and beautiful.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity of finishing the letter to our donor family. Mark and I think about our donor family all day, every day. We are overcome by their love and willingness to donate. We love them. As this Christmas time is going to be difficult for them, Mark and I felt that it was important to have them receive our letter before Christmas. By the power of 'e-mail', our donor family should receive their letter tomorrow. Writing the letter was one of the toughest and humbling things I have ever done. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to write this letter. It's another moment I wish others could experience; the deep feeling of gratitude, saddness, pure happiness, and peace of mind. It took 1/2 box of tissues and a husband checking in to offer some counsel. I hope that I will hear back from this family; the family that allowed us to witness a miracle. Through this Christmas season, will you please keep our donor family in your prayers? I can't imagine enduring what they have been through, especially during the holidays. I am so sorry for them.
I would like to share a line from my letter to our donor family:
"In the same country, with only a couple states seperating us, one family endured a tragedy while another embraced a miracle. From deep within my soul, I thank you for allowing your baby to donate."
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