Olsen thankful infant son home following surgery

Olsen thankful infant son home following surgery

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch against defender Wesley Woodyard #52 of the Denver Broncos during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Broncos won 36-14. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tight end Greg Olsen has plenty of reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving despite the Carolina Panthers' rough season. 

The stress Carolina fans have endured from the team's close losses this year pales in comparison to what Olsen and his wife Kara have been through the last few months. 

Olsen's 6-week-old son T.J. was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and spent the first four months of his life in Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. He faces two additional surgeries over the next three years. 

Thanksgiving has taken on a new meaning for Olsen and his wife Kara. 

Olsen says "through the years you really lose track of what is important" and "it's going to be a whole different type of thankful this Thanksgiving."
 

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