We are fragile
from John Mackenzie
recv'd Tues 11 May 2004
God's inbox must be close to
There is no approximate to which I can satisfactorily summarize
the outpouring of support my family has received from many communities.
It has been nothing short of overwhelming. What you have offered
has been received by the grace of god. We have been blessed.
Olivia's MRI came back negatively for any signs of tumor and
infection/swelling in her brain. She was removed from her respirator
at 1:12pm today and is now breathing on her own. We were told
she is not out of the woods by any stretch, but I am deeply encouraged
by this simple fact: when I grasped her hand and whispered I
was there with her, she replied "hi daddy," promptly
passing out thereafter.
Believe in miracles, believe in your fellow man and woman.
I can tell you with all the conviction in my soul, your prayers
and fellowship have made every difference to us. What was abject
horror is now faith revealed. We have no answers, but we do have
immense signs of improvement and for that we are thankful.
My life motto remains, "We have an obligation to one another,"
and you have fulfilled yours in ways that I cannot begin to repay,
rest assured I will appropriately answer every email, phone call
and letter, in time. We are deeply grateful for the support and
compassion given by each and every one of you.
My daughter's life was saved three times, firstly by Barry Van
Wagner and Suzy Karr; again at Martin Memorial Hospital by Dr.
David Melzer, Dr. Larry Mufson and Dr. John Afshar; and by You.
I am simply stunned by the outpouring of support that has arrived.
We are fragile and in our fragility we find strength through
one another. My daughter, Olivia Grace Mackenzie has found your
love and in kind I have rediscovered life's truth. What is so
seemingly simple is often lost in the quest for more, when everything
you could ever want or need lays before you.
I look forward to the day I can begin to contribute again to
each of your lives and wanted to share a picture of my daughter
May 11, 2004
May 10 Olivia:
Life is Precious