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We told Kenna that if she wanted to share any thoughts or experiences throughout her journey that she could use our blog as a platform to do so. So, just a few nights before departing on her big trip to Australia, Kenna wrote this:
November 13, 2014
So, I’m lying in bed thinking about Australia. I have no idea what we’re doing. All I know is we’ll be really busy. As I think more and more on what and who got me to this place, I can’t help but feel so grateful.
Thank you is no longer enough.
I’m thankful for Danny because he really, truly is my hero. And also because, I didn’t know it at the time, but something was missing and now it’s not. I believe that he was meant to come into my life. As a little girl all I ever wanted was a brother. I asked my mom and dad all the time. As I got older I wanted a brother to protect me and tease me. I accepted it would never happen, but I was lucky enough to have my best friend’s older brother be like an brother to me. Now, I really do have an older brother. So, in a way I think a part of me always knew I had a brother out there. I know it sounds weird, but I honestly think part of me knew but didn’t know why.
While I was sick, I wrote in my journal multiple times that I needed a hero. I got the best hero in the world.
If I could get someone to hear my story and take away that they could save someone’s life with a check swab, I would be so grateful. That’s all I want. For people to become a donor maybe save a life and also build a new relationship with someone you never thought you would. I think that truly is the greatest gift of all.
I’m thankful to my doctors for fighting to keep me alive and never giving up on me. I’m thankful to my nurses who were there everyday and saw me through the good, bad, and the ugly.
I’m thankful to my best friends for just coming to see me. You didn’t even have to stay for long, but knowing you were there made me feel so much better.
I’m thankful to my neighbors for making sure my sister, dad, and animals were ok at home.
I’m thankful to my family for being so supportive and never letting me feel alone.
I’m thankful to my mom who was there almost everyday. Rubbing my back as I threw up, sat with me during chemo, helped me to get to the bathroom at night, made sure I got the right meds and the right amount, and being my rock.
I’m thankful to my dad for showing me how much he loves me, for making me laugh when I didn’t want to, for being the King Triton to my Ariel, for singing the Sound of Music with me, and being my safe harbor.
I’m thankful for my sister for showing me strength and resilience, for always telling me about her day because she knew I wanted every detail since I couldn’t be there, for never getting angry at me when I had both mom and dad while she had no one, and for being my own personal joker.
I hope one day I can try to repay you. I look forward to this new adventure and I’m so happy you will be apart of it.
Long live Love!
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