They sacrificed Thanksgiving with their families. They left behind aging parents, nervous spouses, and growing children. They were not able to celebrate their kids' birthdays in person, cheer them on at football and soccer games, or see them perform in their schools' holiday concerts. They postponed a honeymoon, missed a family trip to see the Rockettes, and canceled a vacation to Central America. They missed out on hot showers, hugs from their loved ones, and a good night's sleep in a comfortable bed.
As Chief Medical Officer, Captain Paul Reed wrote, they said goodbye to "the many little exceptional moments like cooking dinner while the kids are doing homework on the counter, picking out pumpkins for Halloween, or curling up on an early morning."