MARCH 4 — Floating in a Tin Can

I happened to be looking for a particular photo last night, and came across these ones from exactly two years ago. March 4, 2014. Caitlin had been on IV meds for a couple of months, and after a long stay at the Brigham, it was clear it was time to head to UPMC to complete […]

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JULY 16–Kitten Visits Cats

After her transplant, Caitlin will not be able to be around cats anymore. Which is sad because she loves cats so much! Today we drove far out into the country to a wonderful, no-kill humane society where we spent an hour and a half playing with the cats. Mittens, shown here, was the most painful […]

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JULY 14–The Unthinkable Transplant, (Linked essay by Caitlin)

In this column for the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation, Caitlin talks about how the word “transplant” always terrified her. It terrified me, too. But that’s for another day. Right now, at 8:47pm on Monday, July 13, as I write this, there’s a rainbow over Pittsburgh, and Caitlin’s on the balcony with it. Read the entirety […]

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APRIL 24–“The timeless, repetitive waiting.”

Well, today marks one year on the transplant list. On April 24, 2014, Caitlin wrote a blog post about what was ahead. And what was ahead has turned out to be a very long wait. I was telling a friend that it reminds me of the beautiful show and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, (TALES OF THE) […]

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APRIL 1–Lots of “Months”

My lighter side loves April Fool’s Day. My literary side loves National Poetry Month. But our beautiful Caitlin has been waiting almost a year for a lung transplant, and what’s most on my mind is that April is also Donor Awareness Month. So click on the photo for a poem that rethinks the way we […]

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MARCH 15–Winter to Spring

Today marks three months here, but this beautiful painting, which our wonderful friend, Stephanie Danforth, recently painted and sent to Caitlin, reminds us that spring is imminent, and that every day spent waiting means one fewer day to wait. PS: If you want to follow this blog, just click +Follow, down to the right, and […]

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FEBRUARY 24–The Long Winter

“Any news yet?”  No, we are still playing the waiting game. Caitlin’s been on the list 10 months today.*  April 24-February 24!  And it feels longer, because it technically has been longer. A year ago today, February 24, we were getting ready for her to be flown from The Brigham to Pittsburgh, and I wrote […]

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