I am very excited. I have a little stat counter on my blog. It keeps tallies of how many people visited per day, new visitors and repeats, and it even has a map so I can see where people are accessing my blog. It's been just a fun little feature, but I am very excited today. Today it will hit the 100,000 mark!! That doesn't mean that 100,000 people have seen the blog, but it does mean that the website has been looked at that many times. That is incredible!
When I look back to starting this about 18 months ago, it began as a way to keep my family and friends updated on the kids. We moved to London, so I thought it would be a way to keep us all closer.
Then this past spring, when the doctor appointments got more serious and the diagnosis was given for both Waverly & Oliver, the blog took on a new role. It became a place for me to cry, scream, vent, beg, plead, remember, wish, hope, dream, pray, talk, share, laugh....all rolled into one.
I remember March when the doctors told us that Waverly had MPS III. I remember asking them if it was serious, if she was going to die from it. Our wonderful young female doctor took Waverly's hand and started playing with her. She had tears in her eyes as she showed Wavey a pen and paper. I knew. I wept and life would never be the same again for us.
I remember April, standing on Oxford Street in London, only 2 blocks from the embassy, when that same doctor called to tell me that Oliver's tests results were back. All she said was "I'm sorry". I knew. I fell on the sidewalk, holding Waverly's hand and looking at Oliver sitting in the stroller.
I think back to May, when we visited Duke. I remember the pain in having Waverly denied the cord blood transplant, but Oliver offered it. I remember the agony - by far the most difficult decision I have ever had to make - of whether or not we would pursue the risky treatment. It took Matt and I weeks to decide. I spent every night in tears, stressed beyond imagination at the paths before us. And then when we came to our decision, we never looked back. We have never regretted our decision and there was such unity in it for us.
It has been such a journey. There were moments when I didn't think that I could continue and take the next step. I know there is much in store for us and there will be many more times that I will lack the strength to move on. But this blog is a reminder that we are loved, we have not been forgotten. My children are making an impact on the world around them. They have changed Matt and I in a powerful way. It is my prayer that they will change your hearts, too.
Thank you for celebrating this small milestone with me.