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One of the reasons I wrote my book, was to possibly help just one family that is going through a medical condition, to let them know they are not alone. Trust me, when you find yourself in that situation you do feel alone, like you are the only person going through this difficult time in your life. I wanted to create something, people can relate to.
My daughter Lauren Meizo was placed on the heart transplant list, and eventually did receive her gift of life. I turned my journal into a book to share our experience living in a hospital and what life is like waiting for an organ transplant.
I received a beautiful comment, from a mother who's daughter will probably be place on the heart transplant list in the near future, who is reading Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant, that I would like to share:
Good morning, I sit here reading your book about half way done. I am going to start the page of Lauren's 23 birthday. I had to put the book down so many times as it brings it so close to home. No one knows until they have a sick laying in the hospital for months on end. I always felt guilty when I didn't want a visitor to come, but was happy with the support. There is a reason God has chosen us mom's to fight the fight for our daughters. Thank you can't wait to meet both you and Lauren as soon as I finish the book, I want to have you sign my copy.
After reading this comment, I felt a sense of accomplishment, I achieved my goal. I messaged her and we chatted about her daughter for a bit. I told her she now has a new friend. I'm here for her if she needs to talk, vent or just plain old bitch at her circumstances. We all need that at times.
I created a Facebook page for this reason. To have a place where you can communicate with others.
You can't help but think of somebody you may have lost, so beautiful. Take a moment and enjoy.
Finally got the 'courage' to start reading my Mom's book- Strength in a Heartbeat, where I left off.. and I'm blown away with everything I/my family went through. There are things I went through that I had no idea.
Needing an organ transplant is far from how they protray it in the movies. There isn't that special room in every hospital that just keeps healthy organs ready to go. All coming with zero complications and a lifetime guarantee. HA! Some people may only wait days, others months (I waited 9 months & 16 days) or years, while some never get 'the call' or even put on the list.
If you'd like to learn more about our incredible journey and what I had to go through, just to be able to write this post today, check out Lynne Matosky Robitaille new book.. Strength in a Heartbeat.
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or come stop by & see me for your copy🙂
Thank you to those who have already purchased & read it! 🖤💜
Online Shopping, my thoughts...
Yes, I shop online, let's be honest we all do. I have to say, I do know some people who don't. That's their choice. Me, I love it.
If I don't have to go out to a crowded store, I'm in.
I found the love of online shopping, when I was living in the hospital with my daughter, when she was waiting for her new heart. I would find myself just browsing around different sites, and Lauren would say to me "all the stuff you don't need but want". But to tell you the truth, I would look for stuff that I could use in the hospital. Maybe something just for myself to make me feel little more human. A new color nail polish, or a sleeping mask. Nothing big, but something for me.
That's what made me think, "I am going to create a Amazon store on my website". It is a project in the works right now. I have created the page and started to place items for sale that someone living in a hospital just might want. Be patient with me, I want to select item's that people need, want or looked at it and said "I want that".
Keep checking in, as I will be building it.
Please leave any feedback on items you would like me to carry.
Looking for a great book: Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant.
The Power of Organ Donation to Save Lives Through TransplantationKenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM
Great Article: take a moment to read
Organ and tissue donation is more important than many of us realize—for society and for the individuals it directly affects. Today, there are nearly 118,000 individuals waiting for an organ transplant to live healthier, more productive lives (Unpublished data, Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network [OPTN], April 2013). For some people with end-stage organ failure, it is truly a matter of life and death. Add to these the thousands more whose lives will be improved through tissue and cornea donation and transplants that can help them move better, see better, and live better.
Donation affects more than the donors and recipients. It also affects the families, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who love and support those in need of transplantation, and who benefit from their renewed life and improved health after transplant. For my part, I have experienced not once, but twice how donation and transplantation affects individuals.
Twenty years ago, my wife, Donna Lee Jones, died in a severe automobile accident. Her death was a shock, and my family did not know what to make of our tragedy. Then we were offered the opportunity to donate her organs and tissues for transplantation. While it did not lessen the pain of her loss, it brought comfort to us knowing that out of our tragedy, some good would come, and others could receive the gift of life. Because of her donation, several people received a new lease on life: a man in Tampa, Florida, received her heart; a teenage boy in Washington, D.C., received a kidney and pancreas; a hospital custodian received her other kidney; a woman in Pennsylvania received her liver; and her corneas went to a young woman in Baltimore, Maryland, and a government worker.
Four years later, my 20-year-old daughter, Vikki Lianne, was struck by a car and died. Losing a spouse was tragic enough, but the pain of losing a child cannot be expressed. Falling back on our previous experience, we decided to donate Vikki's organs and tissues for transplantation. Again, several individuals benefited from her gift: a mother of five children from Upstate New York received her heart; a widow with four children received her lung; a 59-year-old man from Washington, D.C., who was active with a local charity, received her liver; a widower with one daughter received her kidney; a working father received the other kidney; and her corneas went to a 26-year-old man in Florida and a 60-year-old woman in Pennsylvania. And we, her family, took comfort in the idea that Vikki's legacy was one of life and giving.
Organ donation provides a life-giving, life-enhancing opportunity to those who are at the end of the line for hope. And the need for organ donors is growing. When Donna Lee died in 1992, there were 27,000 people on the transplant wait list. When Vikki died just four years later, that number had grown to 47,000 (Unpublished data, OPTN, January 2010). As of April 5, 2013, there were 117,812 people waiting, with hope, for an organ to become available (Unpublished data, OPTN, April 2013).
One way to expand the number of organs available for transplantation is to expand the number of donors, through carefully and safely considering individuals who in the past were not included. The guideline in this special issue of Public Health Reports provides a scientific, evidence-based process to assure a balance between organ safety and availability for each individual on the transplant wait list. As our knowledge and scientific capabilities regarding safety and availability grow and evolve, donors who in the past would not have been considered as donors are now able to provide the gift of life to others.
This guideline will help improve organ transplant outcomes, leading to more individuals being able to live healthier and longer lives. The science and evidence are clear and will improve the safety of organs, balanced with a clear and conscious regard for donors and recipients. It is the human aspect of donation and transplantation—helping people. It is the right thing to do.
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
Read our personal journey on the heart transplant list