“We are all in this together, we are all heading towards heaven, God asks little, but to help one another journey forward.”
A bit over eight years ago after I was released from the hospital following my transplant, I was feeling overwhelmed, to say the least. I started searching the internet for others that had someone else’s heart beating in their chest to see if I was alone with what I was feeling, or if it was somewhat normal.
Very quickly I found a blog written by a woman in Texas. A that time she was about five years post heart transplant. I literally read every word she had written in her blog …… which was titled “Helen. With The Heart.”
She was an interesting woman to say the least. A wife, a mother and an attorney. She was of sharp wit, quick retorts and a very important source of information for a rookie heart recipient. Needless to say, she helped me TONS that first year.
I followed her blog until she closed it and then we stayed in touch through Facebook.
Last year she moved with her family from Texas to the town just 20 miles north of me. It was my turn to repay her by putting her in contact with the right folks at my transplant center so she could have her heart care continued. We eventually met one day last fall when she was about to have a heart cath and another time when she was at the hospital. She was just a super nice person.
Last week, I saw a post on her Facebook page from her husband. The post took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. This woman that had helped me so much had passed away suddenly. I don’t know why, but I do know that life is so very short and death is inevitable for all of us. And, those of us with transplanted hearts, it can and does happen with little warning.
A week later, I’m still in shock ….. still expecting to read some witty retort by Helen.
I know when God takes me I’ll see Helen again.
May you rest in peace my dear friend!