Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Georgia on my Mind

In my last post I didn't thank all of you for visiting Georgia's grave. I know that there were quite a lot of you that went and that continue going. I think that it's fabulous that you feel connected to our sweet little girl. Kim, please tell Jesse that I absolutely love his flower in the ziploc bag and with his permission would like to keep the rock so that some of Georgia's other little friends may leave her pictures too. What a brilliant idea!

I have many more thank yous today. Thank you to Peggy Glassco, owner and head coach of Gymkyds for the fundraiser for Children's Hospital in Georgia's memory. Thank you to my mom who is having the SMA petition site posted in her church bulletin and hopefully the Great West Life newsletter. Thank you to my dear friend Krista for spreading the message to hundreds of nurses here in Canada and thousands in the U.S. Thank you to Dr. Darrin for allowing us to post something in his office and his own ideas for fundraising in Georgia's name.

My next plan includes hitting the pavement. There's nothing like old fashioned footwork (pretty sure that's how Erin Brokovich worked). I am going to start going door to door, introducing myself and simply asking them to sign the petition. I'm going to take it slow but plan on hitting most of Island Lakes in time. In my opinion, the petition is not being signed fast enough. Door to door may seem slower but I believe it hits home when you have to look a grieving mother in the eyes. The same mother that takes her children to the local park and goes for walks around the neighborhood. How do you say no?

Thank you to all of you that continue to leave messages or email privately. I hadn't listened to Georgia (the song) in a long time and just listened to it 3 times as I've been sitting here writing. It's very soothing.

Love to you all,

Kristen

7 comments:

  1. Kristen - you could ask anything of me and it would be yours.

    Love ya,
    Kel.

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  2. Hi Kristen,

    I just wanted to let you know that I am still thinking about you, your family and, of course, Georgia. I'm praying for you all. I know we don't know each other that well, but if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

    Lorna
    klblue@shaw.ca
    633-5905

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  3. Kristen, Georgia will always be on our minds and in our hearts. She has left her mark on all of us. Even though we have not experienced the pain that you're going through, know that we care deeply for all of you. I want to see you smile,hear your laughter and want you to enjoy the birds and the spring that we should be having. After a loss we must continue on our life journeys and care about all our loved ones. It will be a bumpy ride for a while. None of us will ever forget about Georgia and although she has left our world, she will always be with us spiritually.
    Smile for me Kristen & Mike for it will make us all happy.
    PS I picked out a sympathy card and wrote a note in it, then tore it apart as it's so difficult to express our feelings of sympathy knowing the sorrow you are experiencing. But just one word of advice...you have to turn the sorrow into happiness and it seems that you have found a purpose to work toward happiness with canvassing for the petition. good on you Kristen & Mike...know that you can count on us if there is something special we can help with. Love you Maggie & Bryan

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  4. I will express again, thank you for still writing in Georgia's Blog...I'm sure that there are lots of us, me included that are not sure how to help, listen and cope. By you writing here it helps us figure out ways to talk, listen and enjoy in ways that will help yous the best we can. Please forgive us if we sometimes don't know what to say we know there are never words to express, but know there is always ears to hear you and arms to hold you. Our support for all of you is never ending. We take a moment everynight with the girls to say a little prayer for all of you and for Georgia.

    Love and Support
    Vanessa, Mark, Maryssa and Morgan

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  5. Kristen and Mike,

    Thank you for your continued updates. It is reassuring for us to hear that you continue to move forward in your life journey and that you have found a purpose to work towards in the name of Georgia. Although Georgia has left our world, she is not forgotten as we continue to include her in our evening prayer. Paula

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  6. Kristen, Mike, Calla and Maya,
    Tori and I were just sitting here talking about Georgia and your family and we wanted to write and say hi and let you know we are thinking of you! It is truly amazing the connection we feel to Georgia, especially without having had the pleasure of meeting her-that does say something doesn't it!! I hope today was a day you heard your own laughter, felt a simple moment of peace and felt the love of your family and friends. We are all still here, sending you our love and prayers and will continue to be here along this long road.
    Hugs,
    Em

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  7. Dear Kristen,
    I am amazed by you and your courage. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I have started making little half sheet flyers for families that include SMA and the petition information. I would be more than happy to do this for you if you would like. You can email me 3 photos of sweet Georgia for the top of the flyer. My email is vstrong@gmail.com. I think of you and your darling Georgia quite often and I wish I could do more to help.
    All my best,
    Victoria (Gwendolyn's Mom)

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