Once upon a time,

Post date: Apr 18, 2011 2:18:35 PM

My daughter had a liver transplant.

Once upon a time,

Her liver transplant was chronicled and all details were shared. You can now find those entries at www.nataliebear.com/archived-journal-entries (the Archived Journal Entries page).

I am now finally up to the date following the transplant (February 10, 2005), in my quest to bring all of the old journal entries over from the old server onto this new page. My heart is achy as I remember. My eyes are filled with tears as I relive those days.

Holy, Hell Batman! Those days were freaking ,insanely, horrific.


But my heart also is full of joy and goodness. I know now that we were never alone, like the man in the “Footprints” poem. It was then that we were carried.


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Carolyn Carty, 1963

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