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heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
My book Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant will help you understand what life is like living in the hospital on the heart transplant list. Next month will be a year being published, and I couldn't be more prouder of the response I have received. So many people have reacted out to me to thank me for creating this book, to help give them insight of what they may expect on their journey. It has been ranking between 1 or 2 on Amazon under the transplant category. Also it has been receiving 5 stars from all my customer reviews.
If you know anyone going through the process, please refer them to my website, www.strengthinaheartbeat.com
My daughter just received her second heart transplant plus a kidney on May 17, 2018. I have been asked "So when is the next book coming out". At this time I am very busy taking take of Lauren now, but maybe I will consider writing the second volume down the road.
Here is a story, there was a gentleman in the hospital when we were living there. He was placed on the heart transplant list, but he found it to hard to live in the hospital. He left the hospital a couple of times. I gave him a copy of my book to take home to read. After a couple of days he came back and said, "I read your book, and now I'm going to stick it out, if Lauren can do it, I can do it". The next week he received his heart. He told Lauren and I "If it wasn't for the two of you and your book, you saved my life Thank you so much". That is the reason I published it, to help others know you can do this. Yes it is a hard life, but the reward is LIFE.
This is my journal I kept when my daughter Lauren Meizo became sick and eventually ended up needing a heart transplant. When my daughter became ill, I gave up my business designing custom gift baskets to be by her side 24/7. Family comes first. Lauren's health declined to the point that I lived in the hospital in Boston Ma. with her for months on end. During that time, our story will define all the ups and downs of life in a hospital. To sum it up... I have slept in hospital chairs, window sills and couches. Skipped meals and cried from fear. I have become an expert on Lauren's condition. I am a strong advocate that had to make life changing decisions. I am a parent of a medically complex Warrior!!!
Amazing story of reality, strength and love.
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Lynne paints the day to day struggles of this journey with honesty, so much love, and a constant call of hope. A mothers love is infinite and her strength is contagious. Lauren and Lynne share their story with heartfelt truths. So happy to know Lauren successfully received a heart and endured the rehab to live again! Both mother and daughter have a bond that travels from the pages into your heart. Strength, love, persistence, faith, and hope brought Lauren home with an angels heart and a mothers love.
This is not a stock picture, these are Lauren's pills she needs to take for the rest of her life to keep her new organs working properly.
All these pills are just a little under a months supply, Lauren was taking before she received her new kidney and heart transplant. We were told to discard all medication we had at home, not to mix with all her new medication from the new transplants. So much money down the drain. The cost of medication for a organ transplant recipient is mind boggling. Yesterday Lauren needed to refill all her scripts, when she was on the phone with the pharmacist Lauren's first comment was "This is going to take awhile to go over all the medication". After Lauren gave her information and he pulled up her name the pharmacist said " Oh boy, let me grab a chair for this".
Each and every time she needs to refill they need to go over all the meds. The transplant team in Boston are always making new adjustments to her meds being the milligrams she needs to take.
At this time Lauren takes close to 30 pills a day. As time goes on, she may be able to get rid of some , but not many. This is a life style.
Lauren's body will never accept the new organ's, that is the reason for all the rejection medications. The new organs will always be foreign to her body.
When you newly transplanted, keeping track of all the medication is a full time job. Ordering refills, placing them in your pill cases so you have a days supply ready at all times, and most important always remembering to take a 2 day supply when ever you go out. Reason for a 2 day supply is, you cannot miss a dose. You can spill them by accident, or you can get stuck somewhere. You can never take a chance. They are your life support.
Insurance does help, depending on what type of coverage you have. They are not all the same. I would like to thank everyone who has helped with all the different functions that has been done for Lauren. It will help Lauren with all her medical cost, past and future.
Thank you for all your support and love