Recently I’ve been writing a series on this blog called “Moments in Time” where I’ve been flashing back to the same day and date in 2007 while I was on my heart transplant journey.
Some days were very memorable and others are gone from my mind forever. Today, May 22, I remember vividly for a couple of reasons. It was the day I first met real “HOPE” when a heart transplant recipient, who was 19 years post transplant came to visit me. It was a visit that changed me.
Additionally on this date …. I got sick so fast, that I simply fell “off the grid” and almost all of my friends and co-workers were clueless as to what was going on in my life. So, today was also a dear friend’s birthday who didn’t know of my recent perils ….. I had simply vanished, but on this date I was able to reach out and say “hello”.
Simple events that are still very vivid, very important to me.
Over the past 5 years I’ve had some amazing days, witnessed some amazing events and have met so many incredible people. And the term “incredible” is an understatement. So many beautiful and wonderful people have touched my life and my soul over the past 5 years, and I not only pray for them and give thanks to them daily, but I am also in complete awe of them and life in general!!
I’ve been truly blessed and I am eternally GRATEFUL!!
Real life over the past week or so, which the days and dates would have corresponded to my time in the ICU five years ago has been VERY different. And why is it different? Because some person, some family somewhere said “YES” to organ donation and saved my life which has allowed me to live, to THRIVE!!
No, I don’t run marathons, decathlons or climb mountains, but life is very busy around My2ndHeartBeat World Headquarters …… in the past week or so, I’ve planted dozens of plants, raked and trimmed and weeded. Spread bags and bags of crushed brick, red lava rock and mulch, after laying border bricks around a couple of planters. I’ve been able to pressure wash most a two-story house and deck, then do some staining and painting …….. of course, I also had to complain about a sore, tired back. (A new heart is a new engine, the rest of me is still “old”, LOL)
Why did I do all these things? Well, beyond the simple answer that they needed to be completed, the answer is because I CAN …… and I can because of my donor, my hero!!
“LIVE LIFE, THEN GIVE LIFE” ~ Please register as an organ donor!!