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Is it possible for joy and sorrow to share the same space… together…in the here and now… My answer use to be maybe…but, for the life of me, I couldn’t see how I thought of Joy and sorrow as polar opposites…each one in their own way distinct…but now I know there are times in our life when the two are inextricably linked. A mother’s joy at the birth of her baby…joy felt from the very start…followed by the sorrow of knowing her baby won’t survive without a different heart. The joy of another mother with a healthy baby…their memories already being collected…followed by the sorrow that accompanies her baby’s death…a death quite unexpected. Sorrow at the death of her baby…wondering if fate she will ever forgive…followed by the joy of donating her baby’s heart…so another baby may live. Sorrow at the helplessness of a mother watching her baby slowly depart…followed by the joy of receiving the precious gift of another baby’s heart. Is it possible for joy and sorrow to share the same space? My answer is no longer maybe… as I watched one mother listen to her baby’s heart… inside another mother’s baby.

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