The Hardest Day, The Happiest Day - page 2

President's day. I had worked the night before and was just getting up in time for the kids to get out of school. I got the phone call that changed my life forever. I answered it to hear hysterical... Read More

  1. by   Brian
    Sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your very personal, touching and tearful story! You mentioned that it helped you be a better nurse, but I am quite certain it will inspire all nurses reading your story to be a better nurse and person. I know it touched me!

    Best wishes for you and your family!
    Last edit by brian on Feb 22, '13
  2. by   not.done.yet
    I am so sorry for your loss.
  3. by   Psychasthenia
    Thank you for sharing this experience with us. My heart is crying with yours. I cannot imagine the pain involved with losing a parent ( I am very humbled by your gracious retelling of the experience.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    What a magnificent tribute to a great dad. I hope you'll make copies of this and give them to your stepmom, grandparents, and daughters. I'm sure they will treasure your words forever.Please accept my condolences for your loss. I'm praying for you and your family that you all will find comfort and peace.
  5. by   NurseCard
    Wow, what a wonderful story. My comfort and prayers to you in this time of loss.
  6. by   asantewaa13
    I am sorry for your loss and inspired by the wonderful way you came together as a family to create a positive experience out of this brokenness through the organ donations and being there for each other. My heart felt prayers and well wishes goes to you and your family.
  7. by   opdahlamber
    I'm so sory for your loss but I'm glad that you and yours were able to save other peoples lives. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
  8. by   anon456
    thank you all for reading this. Writing it down was very healing for me, and I'm glad I could share dad's story with you. My friend whose child was saved by a donated kidney asked if, when I'm ready, if I wouldn't mind volunteering and telling my story for the donor network. I said I would love to.
  9. by   anon456
    *Also I realized that presidents day the kids didn't have school! It's funny how the stress has altered my memory of that first day! I was sleeping all day until I got that call. I should have proof-read but I just wanted to get the story down and out there.
  10. by   PediLove2147
    I had tears in my eyes. I am so sorry for your loss. Organ donation is the single most amazing gift someone can give another person.
  11. by   sbostonRN
    I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family..
  12. by   beckster_01
    That made me cry. I am so sorry for your loss. What a unique perspective you must have. I can't imagine what the "donor recovery experience" must look like as a family member, especially as a nurse. My heart goes out to you and your family right now, thank you for sharing.
  13. by   Beachlover77
    You're article is an inspiring testimony of love for your father. Often the separation is hard. It helps me to know I will see my mother again. I was very close to her.