Anything is possible
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April is Donate Life Month, and who better to get the word out for why it's so important is transplant recipient, donate life ambassador, and our friend Lauren Meizo. For more information or to become an organ donor, go to donatelife.net.
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Day 94 of living in the hospital..
Hi everyone, this is Lauren for a change. I decided to snag the computer from Mom and just tell everyone how I've been doing and about this special girl I met yesterday. First off, I'm hanging in there. Day 94 UGH, but I'm doing well. Still waiting unfortunately, but *fingers crossed* today is the day! I have slight blood clot in my left arm, which I have had four blood clots in the pas in the same arm. Thank God for Mom and her eagle eyes for catching my "fat arm", ha! She is the one who told the doctor's about it.
Yesterday Mom and I had the pleasure of meeting another amazing mother/daughter duo! About 2 weeks ago, when I was on HOT 96.9 in the morning, Sherein and Mackinsey happened to be listening to my story with the GetUp Crew. Shortly after, I had a message from Sherein (mother) on FB. She explained how her and her daughter were listening and how her daughter could relate from a cardiac point of view. She always through in there how she kind of looked up to me :) After many conversations back and forth, we set up to meet after Mackinsey's appointment at Children's.
I'll let Sherein tell you a little about her little warrior...
When you meet Mackinsey you will undoubtedly catch her coming and going from cheerleading, softball, or her favorite gym Crossfit696. If you are lucky, you might get an update on the latest Taylor Swift rumors or hear her rap Hamilton. She has a lot going on even at the age of 13, and she never seems to slow down.
Mackinsey was born with a complex condition called Tetrolgy of Fallot. Mackinsey had her first repair on January 5th 2005 at the age of 2 months old. Her second repair was completed when she was 4 years old.
Almost 13 years from the date, Mackinsey was scheduled for a PVR which is a full valve replacement. Mackinsey had her surgery on January 9th, 2018, she has amazed her doctors and nurses.
Despite a little shy, Mac and I hit it off great. Doesn't she look amazing for someone who just had open heart surgery?! This special girl has been through the ringer, but still has the STRENGTH to put a smile on her face, and just like me has an amazing mother in her corner every step of the way! It broke my heart though listening to what some people say to her, kids can be assholes. But like I told her, let them try and go through what you have been through.. or even TRY for 1 day. They wouldn't last. I know, I know, it's easier said than done. But I joked and told her, you're a girl.. that scar is just going to make it look like your cleavage is bigger and you'll appreciate it when you get older. Hell, many women try and contour just to get the look we have naturally now! It felt great not only for mom and I, but for them knowing there are other families out there. I know I had an impact on Mackinsey, but she had a bigger impact on.
Things like this make this long, mentally draining journey worth it at the end of the day. When I get down or think I cant do this anymore, I just think of everyone I have rooting or looking up to me for inspiration.
Strength & Love
What's Lauren been up to.. as we all know, you never know what is happening in this hospital room. Yesterday Lauren friend and hair stylist Tracy Lafreniere surprised Lauren with a visit, plus came to do Lauren's hair. Tracy said "I need to make sure my girl looks great, need to refresh your color". Lauren was beyond surprised and so so happy.
Tracy is the most talented hair colorist I have ever seen. Tracy Lafreniere is a Hair Stylist at Salon Paulo, in Chicopee Ma.
I am still in ahh, that she made the trip up here to the hospital to do Lauren's hair. This was one of those priceless moments. Thank you so much, love you girl.
Today, Lauren is doing an interview via skipe with the TV show Mass Appeal. It is a local TV show back home in Chicopee. The interview will air tomorrow, Wednesday April 11, 2018. Lauren will be talking about organ donation. The importance of bringing awareness to the public of becoming an organ donor. Yes it has sat home with us, but so so many people all over the world are waiting for precious organs to become available so they to can continue on with their lives. April is National Donate Life Month. From all the press coverage that Lauren's has been receiving, she is hoping that people think about signing up to become an organ donor.
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When I was thinking about writing this post, I thought "what is today going to bring"? In my mind you never know. Could we get the call for her heart and kidney today? Only the good Lord knows that answer.
Yesterday I noticed Lauren's left arm looked a little swollen. In the past she has had blood clots in that arm, so to be on the safe side they are taking her down for an ultrasound later on today to make sure there is nothing happening. Better safe than sorry.
Lauren has been feeling good, the doctor's are happy with all her blood work in the last couple of days. A bit of relief for us. No medication changes.
The waiting game is very hard. As we sit here just watching the days go by, we wonder if it will ever happen. Depression is so easy to take over, you have to fight it with all you have not to get the better of you. When Gronk came to visit, it was priceless. We are so grateful to the Gronkowski brother's for taking the time.
I look out the window, and watch as people go along with their lives, thinking how lucky they are. Being able to have a life, is a gift in itself. Our's is on hold, until who knows when. It's getting harder when we think about being here in December, then went home for two weeks for Christmas, return here in January. Now it is April 6, 2018.
Thank you everyone for all the love and support, I am going to start a new page on my site, to list all the fundraisers that are being planned out. Last night Lauren was on the computer creating the poster for the Waterfront Tavern. So when the page is created, I will let you know.
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