Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear William

My heart is filled with joy and love and also relief - Will is ONE today! Which means... WE MADE IT! We made it through all of the difficult treatments and surgeries in his first year, and he can just enjoy being a kid for hopefully years to come now! Here's a collage of Will's first year:
To capture my sentiments, I decided to write Will a letter - something he can look at and hold on to forever.  And I'm now sharing it with you too, so here goes:

Dear William,

I can't believe how time has flown; my little man, you're turning ONE!
I feel so lucky and so blessed to have the privilege to be your mom.
It feels like just yesterday that I held you in my arms for the first time,
And now a full year later, we've been through so many firsts of different kinds:
Your first smile, your first laugh, all of your first bumps and bruises,
I've adored watching every moment as you grow, and now you're off and cruising.
But son, the year has also brought with it some challenges you see,
This year I had the heartbreaking task to hand you off not once, but twice for surgery.
You've been through so much more in your first year of life than most will ever endure,
you've come so far and shown such strength that it touches me to the core.
You have a world class team of doctors, and we are grateful for all they've done,
But William, please don't ever forget that we've loved your smile from day one.
I love you more than words can say, and you're the bravest person I know.
You've touched and changed so many lives, and your impact will only continue to grow.
And while this year has brought its share of great times as well as some that were hard,
I would not change a single thing, as it's made us who we are.
So as I wish you a very Happy First Birthday, I also have to say:
You are my superhero and my inspiration each and every day.

Love always and forever, with all of my heart,


  1. What a beautiful poem for a beautiful boy! It really made me tear up. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I just joined the Facebook Support Group and somehow found my way onto your blog. I just started a blog of my own to share our experience with others. Our baby is not here yet but we thought it would be helpful to start documenting what we are going through.

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you found our support page and I think it's a great idea to start your own blog. Good luck on your journey and feel free to reach out anytime you need some support!!