Thank you to all of you. Thank you for all of your support, and for your words of encouragement. We feel so fortunate that we have surrounded ourselves with such magnificent friends and such amazing family. I was scared to open up and to share some of our closest, deepest emotions. Thank you to all of you for making me so thankful about my decision.
When we were told about Peyton’s diagnosis, it was devastating. That night, our world changed. There is no doubt that this has been the most difficult thing I have had to deal with in my adult life. After the doctor’s discussed Peyton’s condition and gave us some details about Prader-Willi Syndrome, Brent so gracefully thanked them and let them know that we needed some time together to digest this information. After they left the room, we cried, we held each other, we held Peyton, and Brent looked at me, and he said, “We will love her so much”. Those were the first words Brent said to me. At a time when our future had changed forever, our expectations were unknown, and we were flooded with emotion, those were his first words. So, when you say these amazing things, when you write such beautiful messages, please know that I wouldn’t be here, in this place, if it weren’t for my amazing husband. I am so thankful for Brent, for his courage, his strength, and his unconditional love.
When I think about going through this journey, I cannot imagine doing this with anyone else. I always knew I married the most amazing man, the perfect man for me, and when he handled Peyton’s diagnosis with such grace and such positivity, in that moment, with all of the emotions, through all of the devastation and sadness, I fell in love all over again. I knew, right then, that we were capable of doing this, we were going to be able to make Peyton’s life amazing. What I did not know, what I had not realized, was that she was going to give us more than we could ever give her. She was going to change our life forever. For this, Peyton, we are so appreciative and thankful for you.
I am thankful for so many things, for our family and our friends and the amazing support that we have received, for our beautiful children, Chad and Peyton, for my amazing husband. Thank you to all of you for supporting us and pushing us on this journey. We are so thankful for all of you.