Thankful just doesn't seem like a strong enough word to adequately depict how I feel this Thanksgiving. I honestly don't think any word could describe how I feel.
Last night, while rocking Kate to sleep, I think everything hit me.
I found hot tears stream down my face as I rocked a sleeping Kate.
Rocked a miracle.
Living proof that prayer works.
That miracles happen.
Proof that good people still walk this fallen Earth.
I was completely overcome with emotion and thanks for Kate's donor. A random stranger gave Kate a chance at life. Gave me and Alex the opportunity to celebrate her sweet life today.
I am thankful for his selflessness. For his eagerness to donate. For his willingness to sign up as a donor when in college. Thankful for his college for raising awareness regarding bone marrow donation. For hosting a donor drive. For his Professor that encouraged students to join the registry.
I wish more than anything that I could tell him thank you. Of course Kate and I sent him an anonymous Thanksgiving letter and cute arts and crafts. But I wish I could thank him by name. I wish I could look him in the eyes and fully express what he means to our family.
I hope that next Thanksgiving I know his name; know him. Can send him a Thanksgiving card in the mail. Can send him pictures of Kate, the miracle he played such an important part in.
I hope this Thanksgiving he is enjoying his friends and family. I hope and pray that they are all reminding him of the amazing thing he did this fall. I hope they are celebrating what a great person he is and the great things he has done! I hope they are thankful and realize how blessed they are to call someone so selfless son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend.
I am also incredibly thankful for each and every person that has prayed for, thought of, supported, fed, encouraged and been there for my family during this incredibly difficult time. I am certain that we would not be where we are today if it weren't for the huge amount of support we have received. I am blown away on a daily basis by the sheer number of people pulling for Kate, and now Will. It is overwhelming.
So, to Kate's donor and to each of you, thank you so very much for blessing my family this year. It means more than words will ever be able to express.
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