Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Big Announcement...

I didn't want to say anything before it was official, but I received the letter yesterday, so it's official!

Chase has been granted a wish from
!!!!!!!!!!

I must say, this is a weird, bittersweet, strange feeling. Wishes are granted through MAW for children with life-threatening medical conditions. No one wants to be in that boat, but when you find yourself there, you want to do everything you can to give your child the very best life possible!

And I'll be honest -- we are very encouraged by Chase's amazing strength (and stubbornness) as he's battled his Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) through 3 successful heart surgeries to essentially reroute his body's normal circulation to create an entirely new physiology with only half a heart. Our expectation, hope and prayer is that with God's continued hand of protection on our boy, he will have a very bright, normal, LONG life ahead of him. And for that, we are truly grateful and blessed beyond measure.

But he was dealt a rough hand. He had a very rough start. Open-heart surgery at 7 days old. A second at 4 months. A third at 4 years of age. Not to mention 3 heart catheterizations, countless procedures, echos, EKGs and a daily medication regimen that he will continue for his entire life. Not to mention the very real possibility of a heart transplant at some point during his lifetime.

Those reasons, to me (as well as his cardiologist and the amazing staff at MAW), are more than enough to qualify him for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And I couldn't be more thrilled for him.

Stay tuned for more as we move forward with #MAW4Chase!

But first, here are a few pics of my little goofball learning about his Make-A-Wish opportunity. Naturally, big sis was pretty excited about it, too!