This experience has been very difficult for Stephanie and me. We have,
however, had a wonderful support group that has helped us tremendously.
We've had a number of friends that have been absolutely wonderful. We are
greatful for the visits, the phone calls, the cards, the dinners, the
e-mail, and everything else that we've been blessed with. Our family,
friends, and church relationships have been a marvelous support to us.
We are also very greatful for the Neonatal ICU and nursing staff
at the Desert Samaritan Medical Center. We probably would have been happy
with one or two "very good" doctors or nurses, yet we were taken care of
by many outstanding doctors and nurses - particularly in the NICU and
during Stephanies recovery. The NICU staff was wonderful to us,
and we grew very quickly to love several of Melissa's NICU nurses.
These great people will always be remembered throughout our lives.
Stephanie and I also don't know where we would be if it wasn't for our
church support and our LDS beliefs. There have been so many good families
that have gone out of their way to help and support to us. Our LDS beliefs
about our earth life and it's place in the Eternities have also helped so
much to ease our pain. Unique to our church is the belief that families
can be "sealed together" in holy temples. LDS marriages are not "until
death do you part", but rather "for time and for all eternity". Our temple
marriage means the world to me, and so does my belief in the Resurrection
of mankind through Jesus Christ. I know in my heart that Melissa has gone
to a better place and that our family will be together again someday.
Jason and Stephanie Mortensen