8 years ago today, you became a part of me as you saved my life.
Every day was slower and more painful than the next. I felt myself fading away. I was losing the battle. On December 20th, 2010, I reached a turning point in my life and my world went dark.
But then you were there at the last second. You woke me up to see, hear, smell, and feel a new life with color.
At first I didn’t know who I was or where I was, but I was present. I couldn’t move, and I felt like something was cleaning me up and getting me ready. I couldn’t feel liver disease anymore. I wasn’t itching and I felt fresh. One by one… Everything felt and seemed so perfect but I wanted more so I kept pushing to take in and discover more of this world.
Next, I could hear sounds and feel people around me. Then, I sensed movement and heard clear voices. Next came more colors and light. I knew I was lying down. I could feel more of my body, but I still couldn’t move anything. I heard my name and I could now recognize the voices.
Then I got a rush. I opened my eyes, looked around me, and lost it. My head was clear and emotions exploded. As I looked around, my thoughts were coming together and I slowly realized what had happened. I cried for what seemed like hours as I felt my body coming back because of what you did for me.
I looked down and saw my scar. The battle was won. My heart started beating faster and I got another rush. Pain was everywhere. I felt crushed and weak, but inside I was running around and full of energy. I was excited.
I went through a roller coaster of emotions as I started to feel this new world with you. It truly was a revival. You blessed me with a new body. I felt and imagined a challenging road ahead, but I was charged. I knew that if I had made it through all of this, there was a reason. I felt a sense of new beginnings and I was ready.
As I went into surgery, I knew wasn’t done, but I didn’t know what was next. Eight years later as I look back, you have blessed me with so much…
I’ve explored this world and built a new life free of disease. I’ve cried, laughed, loved, learned, and grown so much. I’ve made lasting memories with family and friends, and created new bonds. But most importantly, I have been able to live and share our story with the world.
Thanks for the most beautiful gift another human being can bless one with: LIFE.
What only feels natural to me is to spend my time sharing our story with the world to show how far compassion can go and how strong our love for life and others can be.
Thank you for 8 beautiful years.