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911 for me….

The meaning and significance of September 11th changed dramatically for our family in 2018. That is the day we received a text that will forever be etched in my memory: “I am tired of life.

Those five words sparked a 2 year-long journey of self-discovery, survival, determination; and thank goodness, healing for not only our son but for our entire family. I never realized the inner strength or capability our family had to endure this challenge. Failure was not an option and “good enough” was in no way acceptable. Those first few months were filled with chaos, uncertainty, mistakes, and many many tears. Looking back, I have to laugh and take pride in the boldness and ingenuity we had in the way we fought for our son. Oh, the stories I could tell!

On this 911 anniversary, I know for the first time, in a very long time, that “things are good” and I have hope that our hard work has paved the way for a successful future for our son and our family. Our definition of success has changed. Success for us is; happiness, self-confidence, independence, and a love and appreciation for life. Plain and simple.  

So on this national day of remembrance, I will be looking forward and remembering how thankful I am for the gift I have been given, the gift of my family.