Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Joshua!

After hearing Josh's diagnosis of  Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome during pregnancy, the doctor suggested termination. We were devastated when that same doctor showed us a very out-dated case study that indicated Joshua's chances of survival at age 5 were slim to none. Thankfully we were referred to the experts at UCSF who gave us tremendous hope, as well as 5 amazing years with our boy...and counting!!

This is such a special day for our family. We are full of so many emotions, but most of all - gratitude. We are so blessed that Joshua has done well these past 5 years. There have been many bumps in the road, which seems to be par for the course. But we are so thankful for the people we have around us; family, friends, doctors, nurses & fellow heart families to lean on.  We thank you all for your love and support.   

Now.... enjoy viewing the past 5 years, packed into 6 minutes:



Happy birthday sweet boy! We are so proud that you are our son, and we love you more than you could ever know!

15 comments:

Stefenie said...

Happy Birthday!

Hetrick family said...

Oh my.
That was amazing Josh!!

Happy Birthday!
To a quite incredible "regular boy".

xoxo

Kathy K said...

what a great video - Happy Birthday Josh

reen said...

That was the most precious video I've ever seen! Happy Birthday amazing Josh!

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday Josh! Amazing that he's already five!

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday Josh! Amazing that he's already five!

(Nicole) The Very Hungry Caterpillar said...

that was so sweet and what a special memory. you will cherish that forever!! what an amazing "regular" boy!!!

Mary said...

Love the video!

So glad we could celebrate with Josh today, hard to believe it's been five years.

Samuel + Olivia said...

Yup, totally crying! Happy Birthday, Josh!

Amber said...

Amazing video Allison! And happy birthday to a most special little guy! I didn't realize Josh and Logan's birthdays were so close. Logan turned 7 on the 9th.

Anne C. said...

This is an amazing video! I love that it is told through his voice. Such a sweet little boy :) Glad he is doing well

Heidi McMillan said...

MIRACLE!!! I can't believe our little boys are 5. It truly is amazing. I am filled with so much gratitude. We are so blessed. Thanks for the beautiful video. It was so fun to hear Josh and see how well he is doing.

Herlehy Family said...

Happy belated birthday! That u-tube video was so amazing...it brought tears to my eyes! Josh is one special boy!

The Smith's said...

Happy birthday, Joshua! You are a hero!

The Smith's

Ortiz Family said...

Thank you so much for posting this video. I am currently 31 weeks pregnant with a little boy who has been diagnosed with HLHS. We too will be delivering at UCSF and Dr. Azakie will be performing his Norwood. Dr. Rivera is also going to be his pediatric cardiologist so seeing your story has given us so much hope. Thank you and Happy Birthday to Josh.