One of the reasons we love to share Andrew’s story is that it is one of hope and we have found that sharing his life with new heart families they find strength in his success. We used to feel guilt because he is a “healthy” heart kid but now we feel proud and want to share his story. Andrew has always been very successful in school, he is an avid fisherman, loves to kayak and camp. He also has a deep seeded love for baseball and has played for many years. He is currently running cross country on his 8th grade team and he recently joined a bowling league with his dad. His heart doesn’t slow him down.
I wish I could tell you why… but that isn’t for me to answer. All I know is when I see him crossing a finish line, striking out batters or proudly showing off his latest catch, tears fill my eyes and I find myself caught off guard by the emotions that follow. As a mother to a young heart child I never expected to see this or to have these feelings. I never expected to be able to share such a success story with our extended heart family. Andrew isn’t out of the woods… and he never will be. There will be more surgeries… valve replacements… but we don’t know when and until that time he will keep running, fishing and playing baseball. All of these heart kids add a little magic into our lives and Andrew is no different. But if his story can ease the mind of a new heart parent (even for a moment), give a family a little glimpse of hope when all seems to be falling apart or just make you smile because his outlook on life is so wise and his sense of humor is well beyond his years… we will call that a win! In this heart community we share it all. We share the fears, the scary moments and the losses but we also share the miracles, the hope and all the little wins along the way.