Saturday, May 28, 2011

Home (After Transplant)

We did it. Gabrielle made it home after 78 days of transplant.

Thank you nurses, doctors, social workers, custodians, Red Cross folk, and volunteers at BC Children's Hospital. We said it over and over again, there is something special about Children's – especially the 3B oncology ward – and it has everything to do with you and your caring and compassion.

Thank you Derek, Gwyneth, Phaedra, Ashley, and Aaron for spontaneously helping me sterilize the house until late last night, and Stephanie for the dins.

Thank you Wayne, Jane, David, and Doreen. Your generosity as parents through this has been boundless.

Thank you Laronde Elementary community, especially the teachers who made us so many meals, and little Emmett for your amazing thoughtfulness with the penny drive.

Thank you Amy's "Mom's Group" for all the meals and drop-offs.

Thank you Julie for the hospital sleep-overs which gave us a couple of nights home together with the boys.

Thank you Elena for keeping our home playful, wonderful, and stable. We're so lucky to have you.

Thank you friends and family for all your wonderful words and generous gifts ... they gave us something positive to talk about every day, and helped us keep going.

The most amazing thing through this was how much support we were given, and sometimes – especially on the tough days and weeks – we forgot to say thank you. Thank you to everyone we forgot to say thank you to.

And a big thank you to all the amazing families we met at the hospital. Your warm and knowing smiles made us feel like we're not alone. Like we're all in this together. It was so hard to see your children sick and struggling. You inspired us. Your being there supported us. It made us feel that we're a part of something special. Something greater. Thank you.


  1. Such great news to hear! Glad you are all finally home.

  2. Yaaaaa Gabrielle. I'm so happy for you guys and I think being home is exactly what she needs. She will be surrounded in love and her big brothers can take care of her!