As most of you already know, it has now been approximately one month since Mary-Jo’s skiing accident, the result of which has left her paralysed.
Nothing could have prepared us for the range of emotions which came barrelling at us – shock, disbelief, profound sadness and grief. Nothing could have prepared us for that first week in Vancouver – doctors, nurses, operations, medical equipment, questions, arrangements, crying, hoping, and praying. And nothing could have prepared us for the deeply powerful blanket of love and support which has carried us through it all – friends, family, acquaintances and community. There are simply too many of you to mention by name, but you know who you are, as do we. Some of you we have met via your generous pilgrimages to Vancouver. Some of you we know through remarkable web sites and fundraising efforts. Some through warm phone calls, beautiful letters and flowers and pictures. Some of you we know through your tireless contributions in arranging Mary-Jo’s affairs. Some of you we know through your thoughts and prayers. Some we know through Amanda, Mary-Jo, and Kate’s images. And some of you we know personally. But most importantly we want all of you to know that we feel your support in whatever form it may take and we are profoundly and deeply grateful to each and every one of you.
No one knows exactly what the future holds for Mary-Jo, but we are all embarking on it together, with her. It is heartening to know that as Mary-Jo faces her new future, with all that it will bring, she will be surrounded and supported by people such as you who are our daily reminder of just what the human spirit is all about.
With Love & deepest gratitude,
Norm, Ruth, Patty, Joe, Anne, Mary-Jo, Carol, Amanda & Kate.