Three years ago today Rick and I sat in a room with three doctors as a nurse walked in and placed a bag full of bone marrow on a pole and hooked it up to a central line that went directly in Aren's chest with the belief that this would save his life and that he would be able to be our son on this earth a little longer and grow and live like other children do.
Three years ago today I watched in awe as this bag of bone marrow made it's way through the tubing and into Aren's body and with no one telling it what to do, found it's way into his bones and decided to make a new home and begin saving Aren's life.
Three years ago today I prayed and thanked Heavenly Father for the person whom we didn't know at the time, who donated this bone marrow to help Aren live. I begged Heavenly Father to let him live. I couldn't handle the death of another child knowing that it was a condition Rick and I had passed on to him because of recessive gene we didn't know we had.
Today I look at Aren and thank my Heavenly Father for answering the pleadings of a mother who didn't deserve them. Every day I am grateful for this little boy who continues to grow and develop and learn. Every day I am grateful that he knows he is special and was saved to do a special work on this earth. Every day I realize how lucky and blessed I am to be his mother.
Thank you to everyone who has made this anniversary possible...to the doctors at Children's National Medical Center, to George Fleming, the man who signed up to be a bone marrow donor in 1987 but was never called until the summer of 2005 to save the life of a five year old boy, to my sweet husband who suffered as he watched from a distance the happenings of the transplant unfold but was always was there for me, to Lily, who I'm sure gave up her life so the doctors could concentrate on Aren, and of course to Aren, a boy who showed the courage of a man as he endured a lifetime of life changing experiences in the first six years of his life. You are each a hero.
Aren and Lily 2003
Aren December 2004
Aren During Transplant November 2005
Aren and Dr. Yurom December 2005
Aren and Dr. Kamani December 2005
Aren with Wendy Fitzgerald and Dr. Loechelt December 2005
Aren with Tatiana December 2007
Aren August 2008