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Beautifully written. Happy birthday, Em. ๐ŸŽ

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Happy birthday sweet girl! For the first time you'll get to have candles in your dessert (chocolate pudding!), that's something to celebrate for sure. Love, mama

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Jun 4, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy Birthday Em I hope you have a great day โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚

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Happy Birthday Beautiful Emโค๏ธ

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Jun 4, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy birthday Emily! Wonderful piece, Lyleโ€ฆ and donโ€™t ever forget that you and Allison are amazing, badass parents. Being a parent is hard even in the best of situations, and given your circumstances when read about your perseverance and optimism it energizes me- so thank you for that.

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Jun 4, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy 4th Birthday sweet Em ๐Ÿ’•. So proud of you. Love and hugs, Grandma Rita

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Jun 4, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy happy birthday sweet Emily๐Ÿ’•

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My daughter is almost exactly the same age, so this was lovely to read.

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Dec 22, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

What a beautiful girl you have! My heart goes out to your family and my thoughts and prayers will be of your family this Christmas. Thank you for opening up and sharing.

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Thank you for sharing your daughter's story and for writing to her. ๐Ÿ’œ I try to do so with my daughter here and there as well. (She was born with CDH and was in the NICU for 3 months, constantly on the brink of death.) I wrote a short poem on Hope related to my daughter a while ago which may resonate with you: https://jibran.substack.com/p/hope

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Jun 9, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy Birthday beautiful Emily!๐Ÿ’•Lyle, your story and the video soooo inspiring and educational for us all! Thank you. Emily is not only an amazing little girl her mom and dad ROCK too!

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Jun 6, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy Birthday Em! I have a beautiful princess like you. Her name is Ini we call her Inisita. She is the love of my life. Lyle is my Twitter friend but hopefully my IRL soon and I would love for you to meet Inisita. Keep Working hard and have a beautiful bday!

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Jun 5, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Beautiful Lyle, happy birthday Em!

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Jun 5, 2022Liked by Lyle McKeany

Happy birthday from india!

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So not only do we share a name, but our kids share a birthday! My baby turned 1 yesterday. Hereโ€™s to pride and hope and sadness ๐Ÿ’›

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