Two years ago…

…We got the call. We waited with nervous excitement mixed with bittersweet sadness. We kissed our sweet baby girl goodbye as a team of doctors and nurses carefully rolled her down the halls of the ICU at BC Children’s into the OR. Two years have gone by and sometimes it feels like a lifetime has passed, sometimes it’s as if time has stood still. Every day we have had with Addison since then has been a gift.

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May 7, 2011

There are moments when life is so normal, I forget just how far we’ve come in the past two years. Even being able to say that is pretty freaking amazing considering where we were on May 7, 2011. And actually, there is a lot more normal in our “new normal” than I ever thought possible. Every now and then, I dare to dream way down the road in the future. They are just brief bubbles of hope that dissipate quickly, but they are there. Then there are those moments when I am overwhelmed with emotion as I laugh at something silly Addison has said or done. My heart melts a little bit every time she gives me a big hug or says, “Wuv you!” I am just in awe that this is my brave and beautiful daughter who fought her way back from the brink of death. Then I am filled with a rush of gratitude and profound sadness for baby Audrey’s family.

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It was late at night when Addison was wheeled away for her surgery. The heart transplant actually took place in the early hours of May 8, 2011 – my first Mother’s Day. This weekend, we are celebrating my third Mother’s Day in true McYong fashion…by heading off on another family vacation, making more of those “forever memories”.

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.

– Shing Xiong


Elaine, Aaron and Addison

10 thoughts on “Two years ago…

  1. ❤ and hugs to the McYongs…. a beautiful post as usual Elaine… enjoy Mother's Day with Princess Addie….

  2. Love the new hair!!
    Enjoy your vacation-we look forward to every post-We Also Love Addison..hope to meet her soon!
    Love from
    the Johnsons

  3. To the McYong’s….
    I must say….that moment… two years ago…..was one of the most difficult moments I have ever experienced…I still remember through my tear-filled eyes, barely able to breathe, looking at you and Aaron and feeling in incredible awe at how strong you were despite the incredible uncertainty as to what the new few hours would entail. Words cannot express how it felt to be watching 3-week old Addison be wheeled away. To this day, you both remain strong, steady and are such amazing parents and advocates for organ donation. Addie is a truly remarkable miracle – she has such a fun personality, she’s spunky and so full or energy (and opinions!). I’m so excited to be able to see you guys in a few days!!!!!!! You will be celebrating Mother’s Day on the plane!!!!!!!!! We have so much to celebrate! Beautiful slideshow! Love you guys!

  4. Happy 2 year Anniversary Addison! 🙂 & for her Mommy & Daddy as well 🙂 Thank you for sharing your journey story of your amazing beautiful little angel.

    As I try swallow the lump in my throat, the tears fall as I too know the process of the anniversary. We have amazing people on our medical team & the miracle of transplant. On June 8 it will be 2 years since my, just turned four years old, daughter Challaine had her life saving kidney transplant given by her superhero Daddy Darren ❤

    Every day is such a blessing & every moment is precious. May you Addison have a wonderful trip with your parents & have an amazing anniversary celebration.

  5. We celebrate with you all today! An amazing journey Addison has taken you on! You took my breath away with that final quotation – do true!!! Blessings to you all as you celebrate another milestone!!!!
    Carmen (Mike, Brynn, Josh, Adam & Olivia)

  6. Elaine, Aaron, and Addison, Enjoy your travels! Have a wonderful holiday! Your words are so beautiful Elaine, thank you. Happy Mother’s Day! love, Tristyn and his Mama!

  7. The picture of Addison being wheeled to the OR literally takes my breath away & transports me back to January when we were doing the same thing with Andrew. Dream big! Our kids have amazing futures ahead of them.

    Albert Einstein said “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

    Our families know about miracles first hand.

  8. We’ve been doing some reflecting of our own as our Ciaran’s surgery was 4 days before Addison’s (his to repair a heart defect) and it’s amazing how far both of them have come in 2 years. Our little ones were admitted on the same day, May 2nd, and I remember meeting you in the ICU parents kitchen and telling you that we would pray for baby Addision. Pray we did and I was so happy to see you two weeks later in the BCCH lobby to find out that the Lord had provided a heart for Addison after such a short wait. I’ve been wondering how she was doing now and am so happy to have found your blog again and to find that she is now on vacation with you in China. Best wishes from the Colhouns, Gordon, Rebekah, Eoin and Ciaran 🙂

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