Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ICU Update

Hi friends & family,

I'm hanging out in the lobby of the ICU. At this point, there's not a whole lot to tell. Jess is resting in her room, Danny at her side. The latest update from one of her doctors is that she's doing really well. The girl rocked it during the surgery... as always.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on what I've witnessed over the past few days. Everyone says that all families have their problems, but I'm fairly certain the Oldwyns are perfect. I've witnessed such amazing strength, love and support from this group of people. Throw Danny, myself and her amazing friends and you've got a regular party. We've laughed together so hard that my cheeks hurt. The stories, laughter and even some tears have made the time pass and gave Jess the strength she needed to go into that OR with conviction that she would conquer!

I know we all love Jess, but I think it's also important to applaud the people who have influenced her to be the amazing person she is. I look at Bonnie and I see Jess' kindness, sentiment and never-ending love. I look at her dad and I see her strength, wit (although I think Bonnie is in there too) and independence. You look at Kaal and you see where she gets her humility and protectiveness from.

That's not to say that the newer additions to her family haven't had an equal influence. Danny is a boyfriend machine. The man is sensitive, protective, respectful, affectionate, loving and supportive. He holds his head high when the rest of us can barely move. Then he comes and holds our heads for us too. It's amazing to see from an outside perspective what true love looks like, but just wanted to make sure everyone knows... it does exist.

All of Jess' people (and this includes all of you) have influenced her life. She's my best friend and she's hugely influenced mine. So thanks to all of you for being a part of her life so that I could have her be a huge part of mine.

xoxo - Jess (abu dhabi)


  1. abu dhabi, you are phenomenal too. You stepped up to the plate, well excuse me, flew onto the plate from a great distance and helped Jesse bat a homerun. You've been a great help and support to the family, not stepping on toes. It's no wonder you and Jess are best of friends. Thanks for keeping us posted. Namaste . . .

  2. I heard this today and it made me think of Jessica. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain."

  3. Jess, thank you so much for being there for our friend (and keeping the rest of us informed the last two days).

  4. Jess,
    Jess is lucky to have you! What a true friend you are. The Oldwyns are an amazing group of love. I know I love Bob and Bonnie and soooo appreciate thier friendship and who they are. Jess is just a glow of light and such a amazing young woman. I have hung on the updates on this blog. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on how all is going. This is a true blessing! Jess is so lucky to have all of you being there and supporting her. Your all amazing.
    Love and friendship to you all and to Jess.
    Lisa Z.

  5. I also have to say, I love all the pictures posted. The one of Bon and Jess made me cry, it is so sweet and filled with love.
    It's frameable.
    Lisa Z.


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