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.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Update

It has now been one year since I sent my first email out regarding Georgia's condition. It was in response to an invite for coffee from one of my cousins. I still remember that it was short and sweet, simply stating the Georgie had bronchiolitis and now pneumonia and I wouldn't be able to make it. You know what's sad about that? I still can't remember going out for coffee with my cousin. I'm rather ashamed of that fact. We have to go out in the next couple of weeks Jo. You pick a date and time and I'll make sure that I'm there.

According to Blogger I have written 176 entries since that initial email. In the beginning, it was the responses to my posts that were my therapy but since that time it is the writing itself. That and running have become my outlet to manage the myriad of emotions that I continue to struggle with. Originally I had thought that I would try to write for a year but I now realize that I will continue for much longer than that. Not only does this blog help me to stay sane, it helps me to update friends and family around the world about how we're doing and it has become a piece of me that will be left to the girls one day.

Besides an ugly chest cold that I have been fighting this week we are all doing well. Tomorrow, I will be 30 weeks along and have no health complaints regarding the pregnancy. The baby seems to have flipped and I am now much more comfortable. The mild weather has kept us all busy outside the last few days. Today however, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. We are expecting snow again but that really isn't much of a surprise around here. I am still hoping to get the seeds started indoors next week. I am trying to make a deal with the baby. I told her that I would plant the garden a week early this year if she promises to stay put. She has not responded however so she may be out there with me! : ) Oh well, despite the trying month ahead this little being continues to remind us that life is full of abundance and hope.

Love to you all,

Kristen

3 comments:

  1. Hugs to you, Kristen. I am glad to hear she shifted so you can be a bit more comfortable.

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  2. I am glad you are feeling more comfortable and hope your cold passes quickly. As for you blog, I think it has been incredible in so many ways. I think sharing your story has touched lives beyond measure. You have opened your heart, your family and Georgia's story for all to see and I don't think there is a way to know how important that has been. I am so glad you are still finding comfort in writing, in sharing your thoughts, your good and bad days. This will be something your girls cherish as they get older, to look back on the strength her parents had throughout this last year and in the years to come. I think it is so important for our children to see that strength, to see it includes falling, being on our knees but that we keep going...day by day, minute by minute-and you and Mike are tremendous examples for them and all of us!
    Thinking of you today and always, Em

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  3. Kristen - we will get together real soon for a coffee! I will call you this week and we can set a date. Hope your cold goes away soon.
    xoxo
    Jo

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