All in the name of love.
Post date: Feb 7, 2012 3:17:56 PM
The whole month of February causes fits of tears welling up in my eyes and me choking them down. They are those kinds of fits where I remind myself to knock it off, because I am incredibly lucky.
We are one of the fortunate families.
At the time she was listed for a liver in 2004 there were over 87,000 other people waiting for an organ transplant of some sort. Right now, according to UNOS (http://www.unos.org/ ) there are 112,848. The stats are astounding. And it was those same stats that led me to my decision. If she were to continue living, with a PELD of 11, she was going to need a living donor.
I was done watching her die.
I was done feeling helpless.
I was tired of feeling out of control.
Sure, I was scared. But my love for her won out and my inner mama-bear* awoke from its hibernation. (*We call her Nataliebear.)
She is here.
She is alive.
She has made it through hell and back.
I didn’t give her part of my liver for the accolades.
I didn’t do it for the “ ‘at a girls.”
I did it because I had no choice.
I did it because of love.
And this month, February 2012, we will celebrate 7 more years with her.