Anything is possible
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Help make my daughter Lauren's dream come true.
I believe anything is possible in this world.
We have just found out that Boston 25 News, has picked up our story, they want to do an interview with Lauren and it is on their website.
My sister Donna, set up a go fund me page, to help with medical and living cost. I do not even want to think of what the cost of Lauren's medication will be after transplant, this time having the extra cost of kidney medication added.
If you would like to read what it is like living in the hospital, waiting on the heart transplant list, please pick up your copy of
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
This was our story when Lauren needed her first heart transplant
Life is so much better now that Lauren does not have her PA line in. We can take walks around the hospital and they even told us she can go outside for just a little while. Lauren hasn't been outside in two weeks, what we take for granted is a big deal for her, to go outside for 10 minutes. The weather was nice, but very windy like it always is around the hospital. Lauren just sat there and took it all in.
This gentleman is Khadda, he is the supervisor for valet parking. Every day he always asks me how Lauren is doing. We got to know him from the multiple visits here in the hospital. When we would pull up to valet parking, Khadda would take care of us personally and check to see if Lauren would need a wheelchair or anything to help her get into the hospital. Such a wonderful, thoughtful man. Making friends in Boston.
As far as medical, Lauren has been starting to get shortness of breath now and then. The dr.'s are keeping a close eye on everything. We really need to get Lauren's new heart and kidney soon. She is so strong now, the surgery and recovery would so much easier for her, verses if she was to get sicker.
Please keep sending your prayers and love, we really do feel it. Lauren told me the other day, she was looking at the wall of cards and said "People really do care about me". I said "ABSOLUTELY"!!
Update on Lauren,
At this point, it is day 78 waiting on the heart & kidney transplant list. We have been receiving multiple inquiries about people offering to test to be able to give Lauren a kidney. We are so humbled and grateful for the offers but, unfortunately Lauren needs to receive her kidney and heart from the same donor. Thank you so much for the offers.
At this time Lauren's heart has begun to get a little weaker. The dr.'s have upped her heart meds, and told us she still has a little more room to work with the meds, before they need to start the conversation on what steps would be next. Lauren has been feeling shortness of breath now and then. The Dr.'s are keeping a close eye on her. Lauren is getting frustrated, which I cannot blame her for. Just trying to stay busy, and praying every day, we receive her call. Easter Sunday is approaching, this will be our 3rd Easter in the hospital over the last 5 years. It is what it is...
Lauren made a friend here in the hospital, Camille Frede. She has been waiting for a heart and lung transplant. She received her gift of life yesterday. At this point, she is stable. A good friend of mine Jim Murrell, know as the Transplant Helper, I reached out to him to tell him Camille received her transplants. Being the great guy that he is, put together this wonderful Youtube video. Thank you so much Jim, it is beautiful. Please take a moment to watch.
" On October 19th, CAMILLE FREDE (AGE 28) is a dual organ listed for a HEART/LUNG TRANSPLANT. After battling with PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION (PH) for 24 years, a heart/ lung transplant is now the only solution to SAVE HER LIFE
Last night the Dr.'s came to her and told her, "are you ready for surgery"?
Lauren and Camille have become great friends and support to each other over the past couple of months. Camille is on the same floor as Lauren, and to find someone her age and they both are waiting for transplants they have so much in common. Lauren is waiting for a heart/kidney, while Camille is in need of a heart/lung transplant. Thank God they are not the same blood type, so it's not who will get it first.
Well, last night around 6:00p.m., Camille heard the words she has been praying to hear. Lauren and I went to her room to check on her. Her parents were in Michigan, (that's where they live) need to get emergency medical airline tickets last night. Camille was excited and showed no fear. Her brother and a family friend were with her running around, making calls and trying to pack up her room. A lot of energy going on, while us three girls sat and talked.
They took Camille in this morning into surgery around 6:30. If you go on her Facebook page, Camille Frede you will see a video of them bringing her down into surgery. Her mother Nancy filmed her last moments before receiving her life saving organs.
If I may, please send prayers to the Frede family at this time. It is going to be a very long surgery, with hours and hours of worry. I hate to say this, but our family has experienced what is going through the parents minds, and we will be going through it again, with the hope of very soon for Lauren.
It gives us hope when you see things change around here, your not just sitting around wasting time.
Send prayers for Camille, a safe and successful surgery.
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
Read our personal journey on the heart transplant list