Iso love the idea of this new meme! 5 Minutes For Mom is hosting a blog carnival called Say it FORWARD. The idea of this is to feature one of our loyal commenters. I cannot reply to all of the comments or e-mails from my readers, or visit their blogs each time. Yet, each are so much appreciated. Some I have known for many years that I call my friends. Some I’ve just met and we have just clicked. I look forward to this meme in sharing with you about some of my favorites.
My first one is going to my “new friend” who I met after Jessica’s emergency open heart surgery. Here is her first comment to me which followed with numerous other comments and personal e-mails:
I found your blog after reading your guest post this morning on Mipas Monologue. I’m so glad I came to visit! I can empathize with Jessica totally. You see, I also had open heart surgery as a child and well remember being intubated, chest tubes, etc. I remember not knowing if I would ever wake up as a seven year old girl. I became a cardiovascular nurse as an adult! For more than 20 years, I worked with cardiac patients in a variety of capacities from ICU, surgery, cardiac rehab, etc. For years I worked with a cardiovascular surgeon and was the nurse who did all the communication with the families. So the nurse who gave you updates would have been someone like me. I’m no longer working as a nurse but I still have relationships with many of the patients I met. God is so good and He will work in your daughter’s life in ways you cannot even imagine. Give her a hug from another survivor and thriver who also has a scar down the center of my chest. God will use this for His purposes!
Meet my new friend, Debbie. I don’t know a lot about her personally, but, we’ve connected like friends right away. She’s been a great encourager, helping me understand things with Jessica, and even wrote a note to Jessica to encourage her and let her know she understands what she is going through. Just her little notes have brightened many days. Debbie’s blog, Heart Choices, has such a variety of posts, including posts for “Fitness Friday” and “Thankful Thursday”.