“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
(This picture was taken at Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France. We were some of the first visitors there very early in the morning so we had the garden all to ourselves for a little while! It was mesmerizing).
I was really touched when I heard the story about Brendan Marrocco a few days ago and thought I should share it all with you. The video explains more about the first arm transplant, but here is a little information about what happened to Brendan. On Sunday, April 12, 2009, while returning to base after a night mission, Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, 2nd Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment vehicle sustained a direct hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP) resulting in one fatality and two injuries. Following the attack, Brendan was kept from bleeding to death by his platoon’s medic and fellow soldiers long enough to be transported to the US Army trauma hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. At Tikrit he was resuscitated, stabilized and underwent emergency surgeries. Brendan sustained severe permanent and life changing injuries, he had an amputation on both his arms legs. Brendan is currently recovering and undergoing physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he is expected to remain for an extended period of time. His brother Michael has graciously put his life on hold by moving in with Brendan and assisting with his recovery.
Brendan may have lost his arms and legs, but he never lost his will to survive and has maintained an extremely positive yet realistic attitude about his recovery and life after recovery. He knows that his recovery will be long, setbacks will occur and that his future will be challenging. Regardless, he continues to focus and channel his energies on his recovery and is looking forward to the future. His spirit and will to continue to live is a great message to everyone who is going through some tough times right now. Never give up and always continue to fight to live! Life is such a beautiful gift and should not be taken for granted. Brendan is the first quadruple amputee to survive the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you
will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important
because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this
day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left
behind, let it be something good.