We should appreciate our family every day, after all they are usually the ones who are there for us when other people are not. Today is specifically a day you should appreciate your siblings as it is National Sibling Day! Sometimes siblings are not related by blood, or even someone you are raised with. We sometimes find a sibling type relationship with people that have been in our lives for long periods of time. Today you should make a point to give them a call if they live far, ask them to lunch or dinner if they live in the area, or even honor them with some sort of social media message. Whatever you choose, just reach out and remind them that they are loved, and appreciated.
Needing an organ transplant can be challenging, especially when the donation needed is a heart. It is especially heartbreaking when the heart needed is for a child. With sadness, happiness can come, but it does take time. A story of sadness, turns to happiness, back to sadness and then into inspiration for one family in Massachusetts.
Meet Claire Joan Brennan, (or Joni as she loving came to be known as) who as a toddler was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition caused by a virus that weakens the heart muscle and by age five needed a heart transplant. She miraculously received the transplant, a week after her parents were told she needed it, and lived a filled life, with a loving family, until she passed away at age 24. She graduated from college, took a trip to Hawaii celebrating that achievement, and lived every day to the fullest, despite having a chronic illness that could knock her down at any moment.
It is people like Ms. Brennan, who make it a little easier on the people who lose their loved one. She lived not just for her, but also for her family, and the person whose heart she was given. You realize that when you read the loving tribute her sisters wrote for her. Out of the sadness of has come remembrance, and inspiration. I don’t know about you, but just reading this story makes me want to live life a little fuller, and I thank her for that.