Extraordinary days can be joyous and they can be devastating, but rarely are they both at the same time. That’s the thing that makes organ transplants so profound. While recipients and their loved ones rejoice at the gift of life, they accept it with reverence at the realization that it comes in the face of someone else’s heartbreak and loss. I’m thankful for the bravery and generosity exhibited by donors and their families. I’m thankful that because of you, I am able to look forward to more extraordinarily good days with my mother who now can breathe easy after years of battling pulmonary fibrosis.

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