“Any activity, even simple things like going on family walks, was painful and left me at risk for further damage to my knee, which I ended up doing. It was to the point a few weeks before surgery that I was feeling left out and missing some of the best years in my children’s lives.”
Terrie’s surgery was a success, and it wasn’t long before she found herself on the fast-track to recovery. And while she dreamed of returning to kayaking, biking, and camping with her family again, the needs of her donor’s family were a top priority.
Terrie wrote to her donor’s family through the Pathways Thank You Letter Program, and shared her story of giving and receiving. “I tragically lost a very close brother who was a donor. I am sorry to say that we never received the peace of mind in knowing who benefited from our loss and I wanted to make sure the donor family at least had a glimpse into the life of at least one of the recipients.”
Terrie shared this excerpt from her letter to her donor’s family with us;
“I want to leave you with this thought; there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought about you and remembered the pain of losing someone you love. I hope very sincerely that in some measure you find comfort in this letter and that you realize what a difference in my life you and your loved one’s generosity has made. I also hope that this helps you find some measure of peace in this decision.”
Terrie’s letter was forwarded to her donor’s family through the organization that worked with them throughout the donation process.