***a girl whose sister I knew in jr. high (who died of cystic fibrosis), and whose family is good friends with my family (I taught her son swimming lessons last summer), received a new pair of lungs & a heart. We've all been following the email updates and the facebook updates. They've sewn in the lungs. They're watching the heart before they close her up. She's resting in ICU.
Her transplant is such a miracle. I don't even think that is a word that actually matches what happened. I mean, DOCTORS TOOK OUT HER LUNGS AND HER HEART AND GAVE HER NEW ONES!!!! it's a amazing. And now she can breathe! SHE CAN BREATHE!
***I have no word for what my best friend's family is working through now. Grief doesn't seem sufficient. Her brother's death isn't fair on every single level.
***Sometimes, we talk about organ donation in terms of that's a really nice thing to do. But when you know someone, and you know how every day you'll wake up and be grateful—you think of it differently. And in this case, the you = a whole community of people who love and adore this woman.
***I'm just grateful we can pray for each other & love each other. And that people like my friend's brother are willing to donate their organs so that in the case of their death, there could be an extra measure of gratitude and love felt every day somewhere in the world with people they never knew.