Finding Peace. Making Art. Spreading Joy.
Holding Hands with Grief.
For 2022 I’ll be donating 50 cents for every Penny or Gigi Butterfly purchased to the Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation.
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The Butterfly is a symbol of amazing transformation. When we knew our daughter wasn't going to make it Lurie hung a butterfly on her door. It was a subtle and beautiful symbol used to let the staff know she would not be with us much longer. As we grieved, we found the butterfly to be a comforting symbol with which to remember and celebrate Gigi.
Art: Tony DiOrio
Photo credit: Carolyn Beck Photography
no problems, and no issues. In August of 2016 I went into labor 2 weeks early, again, nothing alarming. Labor was forever and birth was awful (nothing abnormal, but she didn't just slide out.... ha!). After everything was over we got settled in our "Mother/Baby" room and a nurse came to check her one more time. The nurse found she was breathing too fast and took our Gabriella Grace to the NICU. We found out that she had Hypoplastic left heart syndrome which is a rare congenital hearth defect, and she was being rushed to Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago (it's like the Disneyland of hospitals... they literally think of EVERYTHING.). The plethora of doctors and specialists put their brains, hearts and souls into trying to save her, but she had too many other complications. She passed away 11 days later on August, 18th, 2016.Read more