Happy 3rd Heart Day!


Three years ago, I got the best Mother’s Day present ever. I got a chance to be a mother to my beautiful and tough baby girl. It was the most euphoric day but also the absolute rock-bottom for us as we watched our baby struggle to survive. She came out of surgery at 9am on May 8, 2011. But her new heart wasn’t working. Our elation at a second chance at life was tempered by the sobering reality it may not be successful and she could die.

It's pink penguin's 3rd birthday today too.

It’s pink penguin’s 3rd birthday today too.

We learned the most valuable lessons that day. We learned to focus on the positive. We learned to pull together as a couple and as a family. We learned that though there was so much we couldn’t control, we could control how we reacted.


Since then, I’ve tried to remember those lessons. It isn’t always easy, especially when you have a headstrong toddler who doesn’t appear to understand rational reasoning! But it always brings me perspective on what’s most important.

Always take time to stop and smell the flowers.

Always take time to stop and smell the flowers.

Happy third heart day sweetheart!!

Elaine, Aaron and Addison



4 thoughts on “Happy 3rd Heart Day!

  1. Happy, happy 3rd Heart Day Addison, Elaine and Aaron! Such an amazing miracle! All of our good wishes and blessings go with you today and beyond for many, many healthy and happy heart days!!! Love from Carmen, Mike, Josh, Brynn, Olivia and Adam

  2. A very happy 3rd Heart Day to Princess Addison and the McYong clan. I join you in giving thanks for the miracle of organ donation and a second chance at life. Keep telling your inspiring story and making others aware.
    Sending ❤ and a heartfelt hug to Addie from across the water in Victoria.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s