Friday, January 9, 2009

Thank You, from the Depths of My Soul

This morning, I have cried tears of gratitude and joy. For a moment, I am taking off the Snarky cap...never fear, I am sure as soon as I read or watch the news, the cap will be back in its rightful place.

Since writing my last post, I have been genuinely touched by comments and emails from loved ones, dear friends, and new blogging friends. You have inspired me. Truly, you are each a blessing in my life. Acting on your suggestions, I emailed Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Thank you for encouraging me to do so.

Dr. Cacciatore is founder and CEO of the MISS foundation. She responded to my email. I was surprised, as she receives hundreds of emails each day. I felt, as I am certain thousands of others do, an instant connection with this great woman. And, I cried. Not because I was sad, but because I experienced true JOY in the hope that her foundation offers families. I felt tremendous GRATITUDE. This morning, on
her blog, she linked to mine, "in honor of Victoria".

Thank you Dr. Cacciatore.


Sue said...

I love what she wrote, Natalie, especially about your "handsake."

It's good to welcome the morning lumpy-throated and teary-eyed from such beauty.

Shauna said...

My sweet Natalie, I am at a loss for I sit here full of emotion. I am proud of you. Ihope you know that through your strength and gifts you inspire many. I pray we can all continue to fight for what is right and continue to have a voice for those whom don't. Victoria is so blessed to have you as her mother...for whom she lives and touches all of us. Love you, Shauna

KC Mom said...

You were meant to do this. ♥

mom said...

I knew this day would come...people would hear your voice. I knew when you had the strength to fly you would soar....I knew it, I just knew it.

Michelle said...

I just found your blog through Dr. Cacciatore's. She is, indeed, wonderful. She responded personally and compassionately to a comment I made on one of her posts.
Your words about the legal status of a stillborn child (or rather lack thereof) hit home all too painfully with me.
My little son was born at 38 weeks--he weighed 7 lbs 3 ozs, and was perfectly formed--but his heart had stopped beating 3 days previously.
Yet I have been considered by some to have had a "stillbirth", not a child. There was actually another grieving mom who denied me the chance to join her private blog for grieving parents, because she was not going to include loss through "miscarriages and stillbirth".
OH, how Angry that made me.
It is such a relief to read your powerful words and to know that some people DO understand, even if many don't.
How grateful I am for our Savior, who understands completely!
I look forward to read more of your posts.

MammaWarrior said...

You have such a gift in your writing! Through your words truth spills. How lucky we are to have such an amazing woman not only raising her own children but ours as well. I am so sorry that your beautiful child died. My daughter died Sept 11,08 after a very noble fight!
Your hand are beautiful, they are her's. Speechless!!!

Leah said...

Your blog post touched my heart. I am very sorry for your loss and applaud you on your standing up for our precious children.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore said...

It is my honor to know Victoria through your ongoing love for her. We are their voices.