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Life is a Gift

19 Sep

I came across a Facebook page today with a story of a young woman who passed away from suffering a stroke during childbirth. Their little guy was 7 weeks early and the mom was taken from her family far too soon.

You may have heard about it as it’s been about a month after it was discovered by the media but this story really touched me and as I write this, tears fill my eyes.

Here’s a few articles on the story:

The tragic story

Jake Owen voices his sympathy (I’ll be seeing him in concert next week!)

I am so sorry for the family, husband, and baby boy of this young woman. The story and the strength of the father was a definite eye opener for me.

Some days I feel like the things I am struggling with are so awful, like it’s the end of the world. And although this battle is not an easy one, hearing stories like this puts life right back into perspective…

I wanted to share this on my blog today because it shows the incredible strength that people in the world have when they are faced with things that are bigger than anything I’ve ever had to endure.

Sometimes I feel like I take my life for granted because of the things I want so bad in the future.

I promise to you at this moment that I will forever be thankful and appreciate the good things in my life instead of sulking in the things that I don’t have at this moment.

I have the most amazing family that anyone could ask for; I have a loving husband, 2 sweet nephews, a devoted pup, and awesome friends. I can see, hear, taste, smell, feel, walk, run, cry, laugh, and smile. I am healthier than I was yesterday. I have a good job, a bed to sleep in, and food to eat. So how selfish is it of me to continue to feel sorry for myself because of the battle I am facing right now in my life when someone else in the world is going through something like this?

I can’t even imagine the pain he is feeling and the sadness that little boy will carry around with him.

But he continues to push on. His life changed forever that day but he’s picked himself back up, being a hero of a dad to his baby boy, and trying to sort through the unfair reality he’s been dealt with.

This story inspired me to take another look at where I am at today and the hardships I’ve been faced and reevaluate my life as if tomorrow was my last day.

Organ Donation

13 Sep

“There are 115,365 people waiting for an organ donation.
18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. 1 organ can save up to 8 lives.” -OrganDonor.gov

I am writing this post after spending the night in the hospital SICU waiting room. My husband’s brother-in-law has been on the heart transplant list for over a year and yesterday they got the call that there was a heart for him.

He was diagnosed with an enlarged heart 11 years ago when he was given only a month to live, but has pulled through many more years. November of last year his heart was deteriorating so they inserted an LVAD machine to take some pressure off of his heart. But the LVAD was only a temporary fix so the waiting continued.

Until all the prayers were answered.

While we wait for him to get out of surgery, I want to talk a little bit about organ donation.

There are currently 16 (possibly now only 15) people in Iowa on the heart transplant list. Kraig was number 3 from the top. In order for him to get a heart, the heart had to not only be in perfect condition, but be the same blood type, have enough of that blood type on hand at the hospital, the person must be 30 and under I believe is the age for him at 47, could be a male or a female, within a weight range of his weight, and no other issues.

Because someone signed up to be an organ donor at some point in their lives, they were able to save our loved one along with many others.

We also have been thinking a lot about the donor’s family and what they are going through right now. The donor and their family are heroes most definitely and I know our family is forever grateful.

Check out some more information from the Iowa Donor Registry and OrganDonor.gov website.