Liz Yerdon's Journal
Written Jul 27, 2013 7:33am
One year ago today Liz had her first surgery at Mayo. I’ve told many people that this was the day that Liz truly died. Today was the last time that we ever heard her real voice and the last time that she ever lived without pain. Liz was never the same again. While we had moments in the hospital where we could see a glimpse of the old Liz, it was just a glimpse and the old Liz was truly dead. Her surgery day was a long day that started at 5 am and ended around 11 pm. On that day we were so excited to hear that her surgery was a success, and we went to bed encouraged and hopeful that Liz would be fine. Little did we know that our nightmare was just beginning, and that Liz would face another 5 surgeries over the next 7 days.
It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since Liz’s first surgery, but it also feels like a lifetime since I hugged and kissed a healthy wife. Today marks the beginning of our family reliving our hospital experience. I have a feeling our family is going to say “remember a year ago when…..” many times over the next 6 months. Please pray for our family as we begin to relive our experiences and reflect on all that had happened.TJ
Written Jun 20, 2013 9:39pm
Ten years ago tomorrow I held Liz’s hands, looked her in the eyes, and made a covenant with her before God, our family and friends. On that day I promised to love her no matter what happened in our lives. I promised that my love would never waver in sickness and in health. While I never thought that promise would bring me here, I have no regrets about making that covenant with her. We had a blast during our nine years of good health, and it will never be diminished by six months of sickness. On that day we began to dream our futures together, and over the next nine years we had the opportunity to live out so many of those wonderful dreams. I praise the Lord for all the blessings during our 9 plus years of marriage. Liz was a great wife, and I couldn’t have asked for more.
I miss you like crazy Liz, and I wish you could be here to celebrate our 10th anniversary together. It feels like yesterday when we said “I do”, but it also feels like a lifetime since I heard you say “I love you.” I can’t help but to weep when I think about an anniversary without you. It’s a special day between us, but it will be very empty without you. You were a breathtaking bride and the best dancer on the dance floor. Through our marriage, we were blessed with two beautiful girls, and they miss you very much. June 21st will always be a special day in my heart, and I will always praise the Lord on that day for our marriage. Every tear that falls from my face represents how blessed I was to be married to you. I love you so much Liz, and I praise the Lord for every moment in our marriage.
Written May 5, 2013 3:54pm
Lily, Leah and I continue to adjust to life without Liz. I think we’re ready for the nice weather to show up so we can spend more time outside. We enjoyed the outdoors last weekend while the weather was good, but it was short lived. The girls continue to be resilient during this adjustment period. I think we’ve found our routine in the evenings which is a big step in adjusting to the new normal.
Tomorrow will be Liz’s birthday. Our family gathered today for lunch to celebrate Liz’s life. Liz always enjoyed gathering together for family events, and we thought it would be fitting to do that today in memory of Liz. Please keep our family in your prayers tomorrow as we all find ways to remember Liz and celebrate her life. I also encourage you to find your own way to celebrate Liz’s life tomorrow.
Thanks for all of your prayers and support. I miss Liz like you wouldn’t believe, but we continue to move forward trying to find ways to enjoy life without her.