After reading my previous blog, I realized that I had failed to mention one of the greatest blessings in all of this. My parents! I don’t know what we would have done without them. Luckily they live just 20 miles from Huntsman; a true blessing while I am required to be close to the Hospital during testing, treatments and recovery. I can not even imagine how we would have managed without them. Having them live conveniently near the hospital has been wonderful, however they have done so much more than that.
My parents have given me life twice. Once when I was born; the only girl in a family of four boys. (ironically just like the family I am raising) And now they give me life again through the many sacrifices they have made to get me through these last several months.
They raised me in a home filled with love. They taught us life skills I am grateful for now. Both teachers, they worked hard to care for a big family and made sure we knew how to work hard. We spent many happy summers in my favorite place-Star Valley, Wyoming, working and playing in the hay fields and woods.
They have been with me every step of the way. From the moment we found out the plan, they have adjusted their lives to help my family and I manage all of this. My dad bought a new car that would be easier and safer to drive into Salt Lake everyday for appointments and treatments. He made sure it had good snow tires and was heated before I got in during December when I had to be at the hospital by 7am every morning for over a week. My dad has taken turns taking me to appointments-He takes the shorter ones :) and gets things done around the house when my mom is with me.
My parents just bought a trailer home in St. George last year and were anxious to get down their and enjoy it. They put all their plans on hold without a second thought. My dad is one of my life preservers!
My mom has spent her life caring for her children. She cooked, canned, sewed and worked full time. Although she was a 4th grade teacher for many years, I think her second career has been that of a nurse. She has spent countless hours in hospitals over the years attending to the needs of our family with broken bones, health problems, and serious life-threatening accidents. Well her experience comes in handy once again as she takes care of me.
She has spent many, many hours in the waiting room and infusion room by my side. Her life has been completely consumed with me and my needs. She probably knows more about my disease than I do as she researches and stays on top of what I should be doing each step of the way. She spent everyday of my ten day hospital stay with me even though I wasn’t good company and manages to whip up healthy meals for me even though I could only take a few bites. My mother has given her life to give me a second life. She is one of my life preservers!
How can I ever express the love and gratitude I feel for my parents. I ask the Lord to bless them everyday for the sacrifices they make on my behalf, and hope that I can be there for them whenever they may need my help.
I Love you both and am so grateful to be your daughter. Thank you for all you have done for me now and throughout my life. You have supported me every step of the way. You are my life preservers in every sense of the word. Love, your daughter, Kristine