Isolation

“A caterpillar must endure a season of isolation before it turns into a butterfly.”

(I think we are all caterpillars right now)

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Gratitude Journal, 4/1/2020

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April is DonateLife Month

“If you saved one life, it is as though you have saved the world”

Usually April is one of the best months for me. As an organ recipient it is the month where we enhance  our efforts to help educate the community about the benefits of organ donation and encourage others to register as donors. As walking, talking proof that organ donation works, I can tell my story and hopefully encourage others to register as donors. I know the myths and facts about donation. I make every attempt to walk the walk and I talk the talk.

In January & February this year I thought about what posts and extra efforts I’d be involved in for this year …… I also had a plan to create a small video of my organ donation journey using an App called One Second Everyday, where the App stitches together a month’s worth of little videos.

Well, like ALL the other plans that people made before the COVID-19 crisis started, mine got blown immediately in early March and my focus has been on my, my family and my friends health and well being.

I have created a small video, but due to social distancing it is nothing like I had planned ……. I had planned on taking a real video every day out in the world, I was forced it is just video from my computer.

As the say, without the donor, there would be no transplant …. and my donor, Benny Keith Ward and his family are on my mind a lot. I think of him and his family and pray for them daily.

To be clear, my transplant journey is WAY bigger than this little video …. the surgeons and cardiologists that saved me …. the transplant coordinators that have encouraged, nurtured and watched over me, as well as the admins and techs, the Fellows, the Residents, social workers, pharmacists and the other doctors that are a part of my health team, my family, my friends, the hundreds of people I’ve met while volunteering and have touched in so many crazy, positive ways ….. they all are a huge part of my story and maybe someday I’ll include all of them in a video.

So, I apologize but with COVID-19 driving us all nuts this is my 2020 DonateLife effort. CLICK HERE

If you aren’t already, please register to be an organ donor. Thank you!

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Blessings

“The more alert we become to the blessings that flows into us through everything we touch, the more our own touch will bring blessings.”

~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

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Gratitude Journal, 3/31/2020

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If I Should Fall Behind

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Lazy Afternoon

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”

– Lin Yutang

Editorial Note : In the past, this would be true. But I don’t view them as useless today, as they are really needed necessity.

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FDA Approves 50cc Total Artificial Heart System as Bridge to Transplantation – The Cardiology Advisor

Source: FDA Approves 50cc Total Artificial Heart System as Bridge to Transplantation – The Cardiology Advisor

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Gratitude Journal, 3/30/2020

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National Doctor’s Day

Doctors have seen me on my first day and my worst day. I never thought I’d need a team of doctors, but I do! They have saved me, healed me, and improved me. I am forever thankful!

Happy National Doctor’s Day!

~ DAP

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