Yesterday I had a birthday. I have reached the last year of my fifties. It was a day with some reflection as I thought back. I always reflect back to the day JFK was killed on my b’day in 1963. And, since this is the last year of this decade, I looked back to Y2K and my life over the past 10 years.

There have been a LOT of HIGHS!!!!

Family – I saw my son graduate from medical school and residency. He got engaged, married and has given us 2 very beautiful grand kiddos to spoil. These points are the highest on the list, because I was able to share all of them with the woman who saved my life ~ my wife.

Career ~ I saw my career move forward, and then come to a screeching halt the moment of my heart attack, the second I hit the carpeted floor in my den. But, I was eventually able to retire and I do NOT miss going to work every day.

Spirituality ~ I’ve always been a believer. But, my beliefs have increased a hundred fold. No, a thousand times, as I’ve personally seen the POWER of prayer. I pray daily, and always for others and give thanks for all that I have. I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams.

Friends ~ Oh my …… there have been many people who have walked into my life, and some have walked out of it in the past 10 years. They run the full gambit of personalities, races, religions, males, females, the good, the bad and the ugly. I didn’t hate any of them, but I truly love many of them.

Health ~ Physical & Mental ~ I went from good health, to my life changing event of a heart transplant, and back to decent health again. I’ve learned more about humility, and emotions of the heart in the past couple of years, than at any point in my life.

Below is something I believe. I’m not sure if I know “EXACTLY” where yet, but I am getting closer. Time to end looking back at the past as much and look more to the future.


About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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3 Responses to Reflections

  1. Melanie says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope there are many, many more happy birthdays to come:)

  2. Yasher koach which means in Hebrew – may you go from strength to strength! Yom huledet sameach!!!! (Happy birthday!)

  3. Risa says:

    Hi DAP

    I am grateful to you for all you do for all transplant recipients world wide. I just wanted to have a birthday wish for you on your beautiful blog.

    With Love

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