...my dad received the call, that would essentially change his life. One year ago today, was one of the most terrifying days of my life. One year ago today, was a day of hope. One year ago today, my dad had his liver transplant.
I still cannot believe it's been one whole year.
The year my dad lived in Florida, is so much of a blur to me. It's almost like we were all living in a dream, waiting for that very moment to happen. Watching my dad get sicker and sicker. Praying there was some sort of light at the end of this nightmare.
That day was full of mixed emotions for me and my family. My mom and brother flew right down to Florida to be with my dad. It was hard for me to not be there when my dad was having such a big surgery. Not to physically be there with my mom and brother. Jared stayed home from work that night, and I remember staring at my phone from 5pm when my dad went into his surgery, until each and every update I received.
This past year has been a long road of recovery for my dad. He wasn't exactly the easiest patient at first. He did however, pull through, and today he is stronger than he's been in a very long time.
Last month to celebrate, my parents took a 5 day trip to Vegas. My dad has always wanted to go there, so he was thrilled when my mom suggested it. While they were there, they also visited the Grand Canyon...another thing on his bucket list!
I am beyond thankful. Having my dad 1500 miles away from us for a year so he could get a transplant faster than if he stayed home in Rhode Island was very hard for my family. Especially my mom. But obviously, we made the right choice. My dad is back!!
And my sweet Lincoln? He gets his grandpa! And let me tell you how much my boy loves his grandpa...
I think that photo speaks for itself.
It is so nice to know my dad is going to be okay.
So today, I am celebrating my dads life. His new life. And I am forever thankful for his selfless donor and his family.