In My Life …. A Sixth Anniversary

Today, May 11th, 2013 …. I celebrate the sixth anniversary of my extended life, by way of a heart transplant. This anniversary is always an emotional day for me. It is a day of reflection, of love, of what could have happened versus what did happen. As I have thought about this post for sometime, I simply want to say THANK YOU!! I acknowledge that my true gratitude can and never will be expressed in mere words, as I feel it in my heart and soul. I have shed many tears of gratefulness over the past 6 years.

“In My Life”

Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney ~ 1965

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

The song above has a lot of meaning to me. The love that I have for the following people, “In my life” and in no particular order, is true, it’s complete ……..

My Family (“In my life I love you more.”) – They have been with me since the beginning. We’ve been together through the best and worst of times. We stand by each other and we’re family, first and always. I couldn’t ask for a better family. Thank you and I LOVE YOU!!

My Friends (“In my life I love you more.”) – There are a few people in my life, both pre and post heart transplant, that mean the world to me. I’d lay down my life in a minute for them and give them virtually anything and do anything for them, for they all inspire and leave me in awe ….. I love each and every one of you!!

My Donor and Donor Family (“In my life I love you more.”) – As of this moment, this group of people remains anonymous to me. Yet my love for all of them is real and as deep as can be. On May 10, 2007 you lost someone who you loved and I’ll never be able to repay you for your thoughts and deeds on that fateful day. Thank you, for you gave me the ULTIMATE gift, you gave me LIFE and a second chance.

God and his Angels – (“In my life I love you more.”) – My faith has never wavered on this journey. God has made everything possible. I give thanks daily and keep God in my thoughts, as he has BLESSED me enormously, all throughout my life. Praise God!! Thank you for EVERYTHING … literally!!

My Transplant Team – (“In my life I love you more.”) – From the 2 teams, at two different hospitals, that kept me alive and saved my life over a hundred times six years go …. The doctors and nurses, my surgeon Dr Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, to my transplant coordinators, social workers, technicians, volunteers, organ procurement folks, and other patients that I have met on this journey ….. I’m constantly amazed ….. thank you for being you and for all the encouragement, education, and most importantly the care you have ALWAYS given me.


In My Life

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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1 Response to In My Life …. A Sixth Anniversary

  1. Dearest Don
    Happy Anniversary to you!
    You are a very special to so many people! What a beautiful blog you have.
    Wishing you and your family a beautiful celebration!

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