So many of you have been a part of our journey from the beginning. I know that Team Reese is is large and powerful, faithful and loyal. I have felt the power of your prayer and love, and it has made all the difference for my family. You will understand what I am about to write, you will recognize.
Today, I opened up Facebook at 6am and the first post was from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. A video. It began playing before I clicked… and I saw the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, the hospital, and then there it was. The transplant unit. I shook my husband awake (he just loves it when I do this) and I said, “look.” I knew that I didn’t want to watch it alone, I could tell what was coming.
I started the video over. “Don’t Stop Believin” pours through my bedroom, four teenage bone marrow transplant patients, who never met, made this video. I see the unit, I see a small child like Reese, doing the same walk as Reese. I see our room. The nurse who did Reese’s transplant. Her social worker and child life specialist. I see the Family House stairs, the ones Reese triumphed over last spring. It’s all there, the power of determination.
God bless these transplant patients, teenagers who should be at school, at work, at play, living life. They didn’t stop believin, and they sent me a powerful message at 6am.
(Chris forgave me.)