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When we think about getting ready for Christmas, we find ourselves running around looking for the perfect present's, trying to turn our house's into a winter wonderland, for all to enjoy. Then our thought's drift to the cooking and baking that needs to be done. Most of us, not all, but I really believe most of us make lists on top of list around our calendar to ensure everything is done on time.
This is the first christmas that our family will be home, not in the hospital for Christmas. Last year, we were very fortunate that Lauren's transplant teams allowed us 2 weeks to be able to go home for Christmas. But, of course we had to leave the hospital with equipment and a visiting nurse every day. Lauren had to stay on her medication through a central line and also had to wear a life vest.
This year is so different. Lauren's new heart and kidney are doing great. We did have a little bit of a scare last month, but luckily they caught it early and it was a medication change.
As some of you may know I have not been feeling well the last couple of months. Intestinal problems. I was so scared I was going to be the one in the hospital this holiday season. Over the last couple of months my doctors did work diligently trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I am happy to report we finally received a diagnosis, I have Microscopic Colitis. The reason I say happy, is because myself and my family we were thinking the worst the C word. This type of Colitis is not curable but can be controlled to a point with medication. I have since, join a support group for this condition. Knowledge is key, and to be able to relate with others is a comfort. Now we can start moving forward in our lives as a family.
Every family has their own traditions for the holiday's. The picture's above are from one of our family traditions. Dean, Lauren, Maddie and myself get our Santa hats on to go pick out our Christmas tree. This year our granddaughter Maddie picked out our tree, after that we headed over to Dunken Doughnuts for hot chocolate for our drive around our community to look at all the decorated house's. I have noticed it's fewer houses, than it used to be, but there are still quite of few of people that go all out and put on a beautiful light show. Maddie is so cute, before we left the house she gave us the run down on what we were doing. She said "this is what we always do". Priceless......
In the past couple of months I have added a couple of new pages to my website.
"Care & Support" This page is dedicated to families that have a medical fundraiser. I created this page with the main intent to help others get the word out about their fundraising venture. Advertising is so important, so I thought my website's following could help in sharing their fundraisers. It is only for medical fundraising needs. So so many people need help. When we were in that situation, it is a very humbling experience, but living in a hospital or if it the bread winner in the family that is sick, the bills do not go away. I would like to think this is a small way I can give back, to be able to help others. Feel free to check out the page and maybe help a family in needs. If you know someone with a medical fundraising page, please fill out my contact page and I would be happy to post it.
"Shop" Brand New Page was created and posted just a couple of days ago. Lauren and I have been working with a company in designing an organ transplant lapel pin. A lot of time and love went into the design and we are very proud of the product we have created. We created a Heart, Kidney and Lung lapel pin. They are called
"Miracle Guardian Angel Wings"
Wear your Miracle Wings to show your support for a friend or loved one waiting for their miracle, the gift of life, an Organ Transplant. If the Gift of Life has been received already, wear your Angel Wing Pin to keep your Guardian Angel close.
Measures : 1 1/2 length, 1/2 wide Lapel Pin style, Comes with backing and delivered in a sachet bag for gift giving.
Perfect for coats, handbags, hats, anywhere you would like to keep it close to you.
Looking for a Medical Fundraising Idea
Miracle Guardian Angle Wing Pins are perfect for a medical fundraising. Great way to show support, and can become a conversational piece to help you raise medical funds.
Special fundraising pricing available.
Fill out contact page with your info and I will be happy to discuss your fundraising pricing.
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