Bryan and I belong to a support group, Intermountain Healing Hearts, for families with children and adults with congenital heart defects and heart disease. I joined this group shortly after Kate passed away and I must say that it has been really hard for me to open up and express my feelings. However, having others who are going through or have gone through similar experiences has been therapeutic.
Every month IHH comes out with a newsletter spotlighting a "heart" friend. Last month, Kate was the spotlight and I wanted to share her "shining" story:
Kate endured many surgeries and experienced much physical pain over the course of her short little life. As a parent, you want to do anything and everything for your children. Through our religious beliefs, we believe all things have purpose and we know that we will see her again. As much as we did all we could to help our sweet little Kate, we believe she helped us more than we could’ve ever helped her. We always said, “Kate had the biggest heart of anyone we know,” and in reality she did.
Four weeks after Kate’s passing, we welcomed a healthy baby girl, Mia, to fill our empty arms. We want to keep Kate’s memory alive, not only for us, but for Mia and our future children. This past fall, we organized a charity 5k run, in memory of Kate. The proceeds of the event went to Primary Children’s. We hope to keep this new tradition alive. Having Kate in our lives has made us better people. We miss her so much but feel so blessed to have our very own guardian angel watching over us.