|Inspired to return to this!|
|Our St Brendan to look forward to!|
He's been told by every Cardiologist so far that he's a 'perfect candidate' because he is otherwise very healthy, fit and young (53) plus he doesn't have any other complications typical of heart failure - diabetes, cholesterol troubles, obesity, etc. We met one of the surgeons (Dr. Louis Louis - no joke) and he told us because of Mark's O positive blood type (most common) and his weight (I've got at least 20 pounds on him) that 'you're gonna wait'. There's no way to predict a timeframe but we are mentally and emotionally preparing for a long haul.
We have been overwhelmed by the prayers that have been offered for Mark and our family. You have no idea how sustaining, encouraging and life-giving this is and we are incredibly grateful. When you think of Mark and are prompted to pray for him - please pray that his heart can hang on until a new heart becomes available. Also, for his spirits and resolve to remain positive and steadfast. You know Mark is high-energy and being confined to the ICU (and on a very bland low sodium diet) for an extended time is going to be challenging for him. Pray for Paige and Reilly - they were so young when he was first diagnosed that we shielded them from the severity of his condition. Plus, he did so well for 7 years that it has been a shock for them to realize he's not coming home anytime soon and that its very serious.
|Mark as 'Floyd Henning' at Young Life's Frontier Ranch|
It is a humbling place to be...desperate and waiting for a new heart for our Mark when it means that someone will have died and the heartbreaking grief their family will experience. Please pray for this donor and their family - that in the midst of their sadness and loss that they will find comfort in the amazing generosity of their gift. Courage knowing that the heart of their loved one will live on in this life-saving sacrifice for Mark. The gratitude in advance that our family feels at just the thought of this is so emotional and humbling.
May you each be blessed in the love and prayers you offer for us! We are also thankful for all the offers for food, visits and help - we'll take you up on it all and will eat anything! Your fellowship and friendship give us strength and encouragement for another day in this journey. Please stay in it with us!
|Free Guinness to all of our friends and family when this is all over! Cheers!|