|Hannah before diagnosis|
|After brain surgery|
I have learned that even when you think you can't do something, you can. Or should I say, when you think your daughter can't do something she can. So many things she was asked to endure, and she did every one of them.
I have learned that some people surprise you. In good ways and in bad. People you know, and people you don't.
|In the hospital with Jets players, though I don't know their names!|
I learned that you can be plucked out of your life within hours and things go on. Imagine you sitting on the couch right now reading this, and by tomorrow morning, your'e in the hospital. And you don't come home for 6 weeks, then home for one day, then you're back in the hospital for another 6 weeks. Life at home goes on, and your focus is on your little space only and getting through that one day. You don't make any decisions really about what's going on in your "old life" although everything goes on.
I learned that everyone has their own burden to carry in life. Our burden was bad, others were worse. I heard over and over again "I can't imagine how you're doing this" or "you are so strong." Nope, we are no stronger than any of you, you do what you have to to get through each moment, each day. You see little glimmers of hope and of progress and you hold onto that and try to build on it. My answer was always "everyone has some kind of burden to carry. Everyone. Yours may seem smaller compared to ours, but in that moment in your life, they are every bit as heavy."
|I learned the Red Sox are ok too!!|
I said to Colby and Hannah just the other night that her 5 year anniversary of diagnosis was coming up. Colby said "let's have a party" and Hannah said "until I get it next time." Just shoot me now.
|Hannah and Tod|