Stories of hope
All in all, it has been a very transformational year! I can hardly keep my enthusiasm contained for this new season of life.
Born with cystic fibrosis, Heather received a double-lung and liver transplant at age 19.
I have spent the past 8 plus years paying tribute to my donor Rita in all I do.
“How can I say thanks?” expressing my thanks to all involved, and especially to my loving Creator, who has allowed me to extend my life due to the miracles of modern medicine.
I am so thankful for the gracious act of my donor and their family, for their decision of organ donation, and for God giving me a second chance at life.
A young man’s life allowed me to continue mine. How could I do anything but honor his kindness and love by living my life to the fullest?
Without my transplant and donor, I wouldn’t be here to write this, and I would have died living a lie. This month will be the first Pride Month I get to openly celebrate and enjoy.
Each day I remember and thank my donor, their family and friends.
To once again be able to live a normal life is the greatest gift I have every been given.
Paul was so grateful for the life saving organ donations that extended his life.
Many of us did die from IPF but because of two incredibly loving families our mother was spared the loss of two more children. Without these transplants, our life expectancies were no more than three to four months.
I have been sharing my story through UNOS, and I hope to tell the world. Please become an organ donor, and know there is life after Transplant. Any life you want.