Celebrating a year

Today we celebrate a year since Gabrielle’s heart surgery.

We played and napped and ate snacks. Just like a regular day. And it was perfect. Perfectly normal. Unlike a year ago where the situation was perfectly abnormal. I feel like she has healed well. Not only her scar but her spirit. And I feel like I am healing well too.

I received a wonderful email from a new friend recently that I’d love to share with you here. It is from a woman who had Gabrielle’s heart defect when she was born and now she is an adult with her own daughter. Stories like this buoy my hope for wee Gabrielle beyond belief.

Hello my name is Ashley I read the story about your daughter (by the
way she is very beautiful.) I was born on August 17, 1989 five days
after that I was diagnosed with TOF. My parents also chose the second
option I have had a total of 4 heart surgeries including my shunt that
got put in. I would just like to let you know kids with TOF grow up
just fine I truly feel blessed everyday to be on this earth I never
dwell on the fact that yes I have had more scares and surgeries then
the average retired person. I would also just like to let you know
that my parents were told I wasn’t going to live past 4 then it was 16
then it was my 30′s then after my latest surgery five years ago they
told me just keep living the oldest person they see with TOF is in
there 60′s and still kicking. As a parent myself now I can’t image
someone saying my beautiful daughter only has X about of time to live.
Thank you again for sharing yours and hers story it really warmed my
heart.

(Shared with Permission)

Thank you Ashley for warming my heart too.

Thank you friends for accompanying us on our journey.

Thank you Doctors for your expertise.

Thank you Gabrielle, for laughing with me today.

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7 Thoughts on “Celebrating a year

  1. Danielle on 3 November, 2012 at 9:17 pm said:

    Thank you for being strong and willing to share your daughter and her story to help everyone who loves you both to understand a little bit of what you all are going through. I’m truly honored to call you family and be a tiny part of it all. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow and give Brie a big hug, something I wasn’t able to do this time last year. Xoxo

  2. Gooooo, gabrielle!! The big wide world awaits your lovely self!

    Stella celebrated 1 month post op yesterday. We feel honored. That she is among such great company as Gabrielle and Ashley.

  3. awwwhhh! such a great story shared from ashley. so much to celebrate!!

  4. I can’t see the color pink without thinking of Gabrielle and how much we were all praying for that color to appear on the face of that sweet girl a year ago. <3 Gabrielle, may you continue to grow and thrive in health. May the most worry you give your folks is if you are eating too many sweets or will you get into a good university.

  5. Such a happy day to celebrate! We are all basking in God’s faithfulness on your behalf. I like Ashley’s story and particularly that she doesn’t let the differences in her heart define her. That’s a mark of strength and I pray the same for Gabrielle as she grows. I pray that she will define herself by love of her Father, the love of her parents and her family, by her passions and hobbies and by her beautifil heart and spirit.
    Way to go Brie!

  6. Hooray for anniversaries such as these. She is such a sweet girl. As is her Mama :)

  7. Happy heart anniversary!! I’m so glad Gabrielle is here with us today.

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