Yesterday, a person, a man who happens to be the former Vice President of the United States was blessed with a heart transplant. I’ve written about Dick Cheney a couple of other times, on 7/18/2010 & 1/23/2011, which you can read HERE and HERE.
This blog is NOT about politics, never has been and never will be. It is, however, a blog about the heart transplant journey that a few of us are blessed to travel. I’m not endorsing one political party over another. If Al Gore was having extreme heart issues and had LVAD surgery on the way to a heart transplant, his name would replace Mr Cheney’s in these posts.
The heart transplant community is a family. A friend of mine called it an elite family, and it truly is in many respects. Over the past 3-1/2 years of volunteering I have met some of the greatest people in the world that are on this heart transplant journey ….. and it is a journey that doesn’t end until we die. I’ve met folks that were corporate CEO’s and presidents ….. and I’ve met others on the other end of the spectrum with little or no money. I’ve met people from every race, every type of background, every socio-economic category and we are all the SAME. And I am willing to help each and EVERY one of them and I could care LESS about how you vote, how you look or how much money you have!
I once wrote that being VERY sick is the great equalizer. Once you are laying in that bed, staring death in the eye, you are no different from the man or woman next to you. We all have the same fears, the same goals, the same wants and needs. And, most of us are praying for the person next to us. People are people … we are all someone’s child, perhaps someone’s parent and we are all God’s children!
Rhetoric – I remember when Steve Jobs of Apple was blessed with a liver transplant a few years ago, he went through somewhat of a character assassination in the press, because he was “dual listed” for a transplant at multiple hospitals, which increased his chances of getting a transplant. When Steve passed away last year, the same media nearly declared him a Saint. Then there was the situation a couple of weeks ago when a radio personality called a woman a bad name, and he apologized (as he should have), yet the calling for his head on a platter continues today. Now, many of the same people who are calling for this radio personality’s head, are now calling for Mr Cheney’s demise, because he was too old, too vile, too sick, does not, at least in some people’s eyes, deserve to live. REALLY?!?!?! My response to ALL of this rhetoric is ~ “Judge not, Lest Ye be Judged”.
Mr, Cheney has a long road ahead of him. His hero donor and his donor family are in my prayers, as is Mr. Cheney and his family. And if he, his family or his staff calls and has a question or needs help, I’ll answer or try to assist him in any way I can, just as I would do for YOU!!
Godspeed Dick Cheney, Godspeed! (And welcome to the family)