Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My sister and brother-in-law

My sister Betsy and her husband Don live in Colorado. This past October, Don was working in their garage and had a serious accident. He was burnt over 45% of his body. He survived it, thank God. But for Don and Betsy (for our whole family, but for D and B especially), this was one of those life changing events that come so unexpectedly. Don is working his way back so hard from the accident and is making huge progress every day. Burns are an especially insideous type of injury. They aren't straight forward- you "fix them" and that's it. Nope, they are the gift that that keeps on giving- with long lasting repercussions and possibilities for complications. In Don's case, another huge trauma to his body was where the Doctors took skin from (most of) his back to perform skin grafts on his most severe burns.

The reason I am writing about this is because my sister and brother-in-law are just...amazing people. And I want to "talk" here about them a little bit. In the past 4 + months since the accident, I have witnessed (long distance) my sister's unending devotion to her husband, just really being in this thing with him 1000%. She has always been a very determined, focused person, and her sole focus since that October day has been to help heal Don. It's been quite awe inspiring, actually. And Don...hard to really imagine the physical pain he's had to endure. But he has never lost motivation or drive. He pushes himself every day, and is regularly acheiving milestones way ahead of his Doctors' predictions. In this age of disposable relationships, Betsy and Don are a rare gem. I am so incrediably proud of them.

Elizabeth and I love you, Betsy and Don!

Don and Elizabeth, May 2010

Betsy and Elizabeth, May 2010

1 comment:

Betsy said...

Wow Anne, that brought me to tears. What an incredible tribute, thank you. We're so blessed to have you for a sister and E for a niece. We love you.
Xox Betsy

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