Two years ago our world fell apart. Our 20 month old daughter went to Heaven after a long battle with cancer. And the same week, her twin brother was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I’ve never felt more desperation then I did during those moments. It was a time when I had no choice but to throw my hands up and admit I had no control. I had to give it to God and trust that He would bring us through to the other side.
Now two years later our world is unrecognizable. Wyatt (Olivia’s twin) is now going onto 4. He is in preschool and thriving in spite of his diabetes. And we have added a little brother into the mix – Landon – who will already be a year old later this month. He is walking, healthy, and into everything. We live in a different city. Have new jobs and many new friends.
Our days are busy but in a much different way then they were back then. Our lives no longer revolve around hospital stays and doctors appointments. Instead of traveling between Rawlins and Denver constantly, I shuffle kids to and from preschool. Rather than fitting life in around chemo, we just have to plan around Brett’s odd law enforcement work schedule. And we work daily to make a difference through Olivia Caldwell Foundation to remember our girl and the hard battle she fought.
Two years later our lives are completely different, but we never forget. Olivia is missed every single day. We talk about her daily and picture what it would be like if she was with us. There would be two crazy toddlers running around and learning in preschool. Two big kids to play with little brother. We would be that much busier, but our hearts would be so full.
Until we see you again beautiful girl. We love you.
Olivia Caldwell Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that raises money for pediatric cancer research. You can learn more and donate at www.oliviacaldwellfoundation.org.