II Corinthians 12:9-10

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities... for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
II Corinthians 12:9-10

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Other Side

It's great to be on the other side. Every time I receive an email from potential surgery candidates, a flood of memories remind me of where I was three years ago.

The nerves of not knowing what to expect. The pain that comes with surgery. The frustration of not being able to do things that you should be able to do. The bonding moments with family. The excitement of seeing progress and getting restrictions lifted from the doctor. So many feelings.

Now as I hear from others through my blog and video, I get the opportunity to share my experiences to do what I can to help others make this surgery just a little bit easier.

This summer someone contacted me after seeing my video. Her daughter was having surgery in June. So we met up for lunch and had a great time talking.

Paris is on the other side now, and soon after her surgery, she even came to my fundraising concert for the Ronald McDonald House Charities! We still keep in contact today.

Recently, I got an email from someone whose daughter is having surgery tomorrow morning. I also found out that even though they are from a different state, she is having surgery at the Shriners Children's Hospital ten minutes away from my college! So tonight I had the opportunity of meeting up with them and sharing experiences.

Best wishes to Laura and her family this week! It's definitey not easy, but it will be worth it. You are in good hands. Pretty soon you will be on the other side!