Love and Soul

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

~ Zora Neale Hurston

Love and Soul

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What You Do Today

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”

What You Do Today

 

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Love

“Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.”

Love

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My Team, The FINEST Team in the World!!

This is the FINEST team in the world. And being that this is Thanksgiving month, I will honestly say that I say prayers of THANKS, of GRATITUDE …. EVERY day for EVERY person in the below photo. This is the team that saved my life and hundreds of others, countless times, and continue to watch over me, protect me, educate and encourage me every single day of my heart transplant journey. 

These are ALL WORLD CLASS Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Technicians, and Admins.

I LOVE them all and would take a bullet for any of them, any day!

My Team

 

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All Is Lost

“When all else is lost, the future still remains.”

~ Christian Nestell Bovee

All is Lost

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To Be Free

“To be free is to have achieved your life.”

~ Tennessee Williams

Be Free

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Good – Great

“They’re only truly great who are truly good.”

~ George Chapman

Good - Great

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Absence of Alternatives

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

~ Henry Kissinger

Clear Mind

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Donor Sabbath

“I can never forget someone who gave me so much to remember forever. Each heart beat is filled with gratitude and love! Each day is a day of remembering that very special person that saved my life and ALL of the other donors that have saved so many, many lives through organ donation. ”

~ My2ndHeartBeat

Yesterday, I was blessed to participate in a very emotional event called the “Donor Sabbath”. To explain what this event is ….. I’ll do a simple copy & paste.

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donors. – Courtesy of Donatelife.net

I’m alive and able to attend an event like this, because my donor, Benny Keith Ward saved my life by giving me his heart. His selfless actions deserve my daily thanks and his family deserves my daily prayers. To be able to do this in front of family, friends and the public was very emotional.

This event is attended by donor families, recipients, folks waiting for a life saving transplant and also many, many medical professionals, social workers, technicians, nurses …… about anyone that has ANYTHING to do with organ transplants.

This event is emotional for me and many others. Fortunately I had friends and family with me that got me through it. Oh yes, there were tears, my heart skipped a few beats here and there and most importantly, my angel, Benny Keith Ward, was sitting on my shoulder encouraging me.

Unfortunately, there was a “protestor” that arrived before the ceremony commenced and upset a number of people as he passed out some paper declaring that organ donation was a “sin”, at least in his mind. (For the record, EVERY MAJOR religious organization in the WORLD supports organ donation). The police were called and he was escorted out.

AS I sit here this morning and reflect on my journey, the transplant, recovery, the friends that have also gone through a heart transplant, my family, the medical professionals that have touched my life and especially my donor, Benny Keith Ward and his family. ….. my thoughts are scattered and flow with my tears …….. God, prayers, gratitude, thankfulness, love, selflessness, and all the blessings that donors give, I’m in AWE!

Thank you, Benny Keith Ward!

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Veteran’s Day

“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”

~ Douglas MacArthur

Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.

~  Charles B. Rangel

To all of my fellow ALL veterans, past and current, I stand and I salute you, while my heart sheds a tear and my soul says thank you!

~ DAP @ My2ndHeartBeat

Veterans Day

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