Monday, October 15, 2012

Not an easy day, but I love my heart mom friends!

I felt honored to be able to attend Mia's funeral in Midway last Saturday.  It wasn't an easy day, but it was something that I felt like I needed to do and when I was able to see Mimi and give her a hug and talk to her, I knew I made the right decision.  The funeral was sad, but beautiful.  Listening to Paul Cardall play the piano was a true blessing and brought me right back to our first stay at PCMC. Abby felt like she needed to attend the funeral too, and I was proud of her for that, it took a lot of courage for her to be there.  I hope that the words Abby said to Mimi comforted her in some way.  Being able to sit in the chapel with 30 other heart mom's was incredible.  I'm still amazed at how powerful the love and support in this group really is.  I know that no matter what we still have to go through in this heart journey, that we will never be alone.  It brought tears to my eyes when all of the heart moms were asked to stand, and in Mimi's words, we were called a "sorority of sisters hand picked by our Heavenly Father."  I love my heart mama friends and I knew that I just needed to be with them last week, even if it was only for one day.  Being with them gives me strength and comfort.  Talking to the other transplant moms was also something that I needed to do.  They helped me understand, as much as we can anyway, what happened to Mia.  They also helped me put things back into perspective.  It was a hard, emotionally draining day, but I'm so glad I was there, it was right where I needed to be.

Abby and Paul.  I love to talk to Paul because he has such a positive outlook.  I always leave my conversations with him feeling so hopeful!

My heart friends-Oh how I love these ladies (and Paul)!  Finally, last weekend I got to meet some of them face-to-face for the first time.   

Just one more picture of all of us.  Each of these ladies (and Paul) has a story to tell.  They've all been through so much and are so strong because of it.


  1. Funny how you can feel so close to people who in many ways you hardly even know, right? I always marvel at that after a really good heart mom fest. I'm so glad that you are part of the family. :) Seeing you on Saturday was exactly what I needed. As always, I adore Miss Abby like she is my own. She's one of a kind.

  2. It was wonderful to meet you, finally!!

  3. I was so happy when I looked over and realized... Hey! That's Michelle and Abby! I just had to come over and say hi and I am so grateful that I did. You two are such an inspiration to me and am excited that I finally got to meet you.