To anyone that is reading this and knows me, the irony of me having an Ernest Hemingway quote is not lost on me. I hate Hemingway. Please don’t hold it against me. I just was Hemingwayed to death by a Grade 11 English teacher that made us study Hemingway for an entire year – 2 months on just “The Old Man and the Sea (a 96 page book). I just couldn’t resist the quote because it is so true.
Anyway, the last couple of days I have received a lot of notices from people talking about our family’s courage in making the decision to donate Gracie’s organs. I think that I need to clarify that. My daughter Gracie was brave, my daughter Hannah is so brave, my husband John is also very brave, I did not make the choice out of bravery.
I was shoved into a big dark pit by someone’s criminal act. Other families were standing on the edge of that same dark pit. Not donating Gracie’s organs would have pulled 8 other families into that same pit. That would not have made the pit any less dark and scary…..just more crowded.