Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our family's heartbreak

As many of you know, my son, Justin Power
married Madison MacLean last October.  It was 
an intimate affair with the two families
and a few close friends.  We all watched
them share hand written vows, joining their
lives together, and as families we became
joined as well. What a beautiful wedding.

  That day Madison joined our blended Power/Chalmers family
 And the MacLeans became part of our family too.
 Of course long before the wedding we were doing 
family things with Madison's little sister Taylor 
like wearing doggy Christmas pjs and having sleepovers.
Holiday dinners like last Easter had Taylor joining us too.  
She lives and works as an occupational therapist in Boston
 and her folks live up in Maine. If Taylor can't make it to Maine
there has always been a place setting around our table for her.
So this is the part where it gets heartbreaking. 
Taylor was set to join us last Thanksgiving.
 But the day before Thanksgiving she was hospitalized.
She was having serious problems with her heart, 
and now needs a heart transplant.
  She was diagnosed with  cardiomyopathy
 at age 20,  but it got worse, and fast.
We can't quite come to grips with this....
it is just crazy how she was just dancing at 
her sister's wedding and working at her job and living her 
life doing things all young women do...like taking selfies
 and having fun with her friends and family.
Our happy days are in the rear view mirror right now
as we focus on doing whatever we can for Taylor.
Justin and Madison set up a fundraising website for her.
This will pay for the rent on her apartment and her 
college loans and any medical expenses that insurance 
won't cover while she fights for her life.  
So all good wishes, thoughts and prayers are most appreciated.
Any donation is such a gift to her, please know that.
We will all be standing by Taylor and praying that before
too long she will be back living her life with a brand new heart.
She is in good spirits and will be undergoing an invasive
heart surgery tomorrow to install the heart pump that will keep her 
in good shape for when the day arrives that she will have a new heart.
And to Taylor~
We are thinking of you Taylor. You are fun and funny, smart
and sassy, caring and an all around wonderful person.
You are so much fun and we love having you as part
of our family.  Sending strength and prayers to your folks and
your amazing big sister, our beloved daughter in law, Madison. 
We love you MacLeans!

Update:  Taylor received a new heart in December 2015 and is in recovery at home. Check on her updated status by clicking on the Heart Fund link above. 

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