FEBRUARY 16–Back in the Burgh

Caitlin O'Hara, Little Matches, Cystic Fibrosis

On November 16, three months ago today, we took Caitlin to the hospital for the last time.

Now we are finally back in Pittsburgh, packing up our apartment. I’d been sick with dread, anticipating this, but I knew it was necessary to do it personally. My sister and brother-in-law are helping us, and that means everything. Also, our neighbors in this building, and the management team that runs it, are incredibly kind and supportive.

We were grateful for this place. Caitlin was so comfortable here. She was able to easily move between the living room, kitchen, her bath and bedroom.

It was pet-friendly.

It was exactly what she needed, what we all needed.

Over time, the good days here will be what we remember best.

Some very favorite visitors
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Adoration from a Pup
Bad ass Kitten
She got herself some wheels and got back some independence
Andrew & Katie running the 2016 Pitt 1/2 marathon for CF and Kitten
One of our views from the 15th floor


First Avenue in springtime


Christmas, 2015
First Steelers game
Out at the PPG rink last February
Cooking Indian with the wonderful Shreya


The calm before the packing begins




Author: kittenupdates

I am the author of CASCADE and LITTLE MATCHES: A Memoir of Grief and Light

15 thoughts on “FEBRUARY 16–Back in the Burgh”

  1. What beautiful pictures. Hold on to those happy memories in these hard times. Sending lots of love your way ❤ thanks for sharing.

  2. Continuing to pray for you….I can’t find the words to express my feelings for what you are going through, but know I feel your pain and send loving energy your way.

  3. LOVE all these photos! Love to see the smiling faces! That pretty long hair. Never appreciated how pretty Pittsburgh is. And that apartment was very nice. Caitlin joked about how modern the furnishings were, but I know it was so comfortable and home away from home. She sent me a lovely hello through the radio this morning. ❤ ❤

  4. The pictures capture the beauty of home you created in Pittsburgh – at the center Caitlin sparkled. Thank you sending and sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing those wonderful memories with us. My heart breaks for you as I think how unfair everything is; packing up should have been the happiest of days after transplant. I’m sure Caitlin is there, keeping you guys strong. Sending love and hugs.

  6. Lovely to see these happy memories. And yes, what a beautiful apartment. I’ve never been to Pitt (my niece is in college in Erie) but now it’s on the list of places to see. Especially because of your story with beautiful Caitlin. Love seeing her smiling face. Sending love and strength and peace. xoxo

  7. How hard to have to go there and do that… I am glad you have so many beautiful photographs but my heart hurts for you.xxx

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