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Four Weeks Post-Op

A wrenching chapter, but relatively short in the span of a lifetime I guess. 15 ½ months of angst & guilt, fear & eventual concurrence led to a spinal fusion. She is in her fourth week of recovery. We are on the other side. Perhaps light duty when held next to some, but this is all I know, and it was hard.

Every day, she amazes me. I was not an easy child, so I am told. I challenged everything, boldly and without grace. My path to this place could have been smoother, but my decisions did not always support forward motion. Her success, like her recovery, comes in record time. She doesn’t bully her way to the other side. She quietly analyses her options. She assesses the situation. Armed with information she charts a course. Perhaps the most beautiful and powerful detail in it all, is her state of ‘self’ and the decency in her heart.

“If you can capture her….” he searched for the words, “…eloquence and strength…that would be amazing,” he said.

I am humbled by her every day. We are blessed to have her… every day.

I thought I would give it a try. This…is just the beginning.


11 Responses to Four Weeks Post-Op

Kelly dear, This is absolutely beautiful. My beautiful Aidan, I feel like I could reach out and touch her.

Posted by Mom · via · 121 months ago

absolutely stunning portrait of an incredibly fine young woman. my happiest wishes to Aiden.

Posted by philbin · via · 121 months ago

Kelly, that is an absolutely beautiful portrait of Aidan. mm

Posted by Mary Mullaney · via · 121 months ago

That is stunningly beautiful.

Posted by Kim ward bacso · via · 121 months ago

Kelly, She is tremendous and strong and beautiful, you have captured it. I am not surprised as you helped create all of her positive attributes. And I might include, her brother was and continues to be quite the star throughout this entire experience.

Posted by Tom Sullivan · via · 121 months ago

A breathtakingly beautiful show of grace, depth and beauty,in the portrait and the words; both are equal to the situation. Facing this challenge is an example of the strength all close to Aidan have shown.

Posted by Jackie and Bill Ward · via · 121 months ago


Posted by MK · via · 121 months ago

THANK YOU! for all the great comments. I am so excited to see how she wraps up – in life and on the canvas 🙂 I will get a full day in on her on Monday. She will be back in school, and I will be back in the studio. All good stuff.

Posted by kelly sullivan · via · 121 months ago

K: I was moved when I saw on Tuesday where you had taken Aidan’s portrait but even more moved by your words and the love for your daughter that they conveyed. You’re a special lady. <3

Posted by Susan · via · 121 months ago

Bravo. I think this is your best work yet!

Posted by will klemm · via · 121 months ago

Breathtaking….just like her! XO

Posted by Amy · via · 120 months ago


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