No matter what has happened in your life,
You have the power to change what that event means to you
and this changes your experience both emotionally and physically - -
therin lies your power to heal.
~ Dr. Christiane Northrup
~ Dr. Christiane Northrup
This morning I was at the hospital - - making a blood platelet donation - - helping to save the life of a 14-year-old girl who is awaiting a bone marrow donor/transplant. While she awaits a donor match, she is receiving weekly transfusions of my personal blood platelets. WOW! There is no greater gift I know of, than to be able to make this kind of contribution - - give of myself, of body, to help a total stranger. I am beyond humble and grateful for the ability and the choice I made - - in memory of Boomer - - to be a regular donor (read: Track Marks). As a donor, you always carry this hope that your contribution will help someone, but you rarely, if ever actually know. Hope for me was proven evident when I got the call from the Lee Memorial Blood Center asking me to come make additional donations because I am the closest match for this young girl. Wow.
|Silly faces, Dara & Boomer, 2010|
put our own spin on things and give you Boomer's wedding ring for you to give to Adam - - when the time comes - - if he'll have it. What do you think?" "I hate when you make me cry, that's what I think." Although Adam never met Boomer, I know they would be fans of each other because they both love an O'Regan Girl. This afternoon I was at the jeweler, dropping off Boomer's wedding ring. It will be inscribed with two dates: 10/17/09 and 9/6/14. Dara and Adam are getting married on September 6th. The other date is our wedding date (read: I Do.) Ironic that Boomer's ring fits Adam perfectly? Nope. Just perfectly right.
It is absolutely no coincidence all this occurred on this day, July 23rd, the 17th anniversary of my first-date with Boomer. My activities call me to question: Is it possible that in helping to save the life of a young girl, I too am saved - - from the shackles of pain and heartache from a life now over? Is offering Boomer's ring to another kind, loving, generous man representative that I can see what I once had and hope for others to receive it too? Yes. The experience of today is all new, special, and beautifully poignant. Affirmation that life and love endures and I am in a very different place than I was one year ago. That my jumping-off last July 23rd (read: Go Big!) turned the page in my healing and moving forward with life. I spent today doing really cool things, reflecting on the ultra-cool thing I did last year, celebrating how far I've come, humbled in the enlightenment and transformation I continue experiencing in my relationship with Boomer - - then and now. How vastly different my life is today, the depth of gratitude I hold close for all that has come and gone - - because life and love are never forgotten. They endure.