Living Life in the City
Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
I just received this new review on my book : Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant, and found myself speechless. Thank you so much. I published this book to help other's know you can get through an organ transplant. Yes it is hard, stressing, tiring, and some days you just want to give up. You have that inner strength, you need to find it and use it.
As we find ourselves in the same position again, Lauren needs a heart and kidney transplant, we are day 100 in the hospital waiting again, I find myself digging even deeper to continue on this journey.
I am very proud to say that Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant, is helping others in their journey. This comment below was so beautiful I needed to share.
Wow! I don't know where to start. I got the news from my cardiologist that I needed to meet with his "Heart Team" because my heart is failing and has changed a lot in the past few years. I knew my symptoms weren't normal but I really wanted to hear I was out of shape. Not that my heart was failing. Within a few hours of my diagnosis I wanted more information but I wanted to hear it from a patient. Someone with true life experience was what I was searching for. I did a search online and found Lynne and Lauren's book. I bought the Kindle version and started reading that night. Then I just had to have the paperback. I'm old fashioned, I love books and wanted a copy to take with me to the hospital in the future because I could feel the strength and hope in the text after the first few pages.
I have 5 kids at home and read only when they were in bed so I took my time but putting it down was difficult. I wanted to know what the next journal writing was going to say! As a mom and a mom of a son with a heart condition and an ICD and Pacemaker, I connected with Lynne instantly. Her strength, raw emotion and honesty throughout the book was amazing. As a woman with a heart condition, ICD/Pacemaker and now looking at a heart transplant, I connect with Lauren, too. Her struggles outweigh mine x10 but her strength, honesty and determination give me hope. This book is real! It's emotional. It shows that life sucks and you have to take each day as it comes. You have to live in the moments and enjoy every good thing. I will take this book with me. I plan on highlighting (in my good ol' paperback) each of the triumphs in Lauren's journey and her smiles. I am beyond encouraged by this book!
I recommend this book to anyone that needs encouragement to fight and stay strong through ANY life struggle. Heart condition or not, this is a beautifully written story of real life and I am so thankful I found it. Now I am getting a copy for my mom. :)
Thank you for such a beautiful review, God Bless You on your journey.
Pictured below is Lauren and I at the International Book Fair in Miami, just before she got sick this past November.
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Marie Caulfield, running today in memory of her nephew Tommy Quinn
I would like to introduce you to a wonderful women, Marie Caulfield. Marie is one of Lauren's (favorite) nurses here at Brigham & Women's Hospital. Along with being an exceptional nurse, Marie will walk into our room with the biggest smile to brighten our day with her great sense of humor. You never know what she is up to. Marie calls Lauren her little sister, (even though I am not old enough to be Marie's mother).
Today is a special day for Marie and her family. Marie will be running the Boston Marathon in memory of her nephew Tommy Quinn. Tommy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor when he was only 6 years old and fought it for 8 years. He unfortunately passed away in October 2013, at the age of 14.
Marie joins her brother-in-law Tom Quinn (Tommy's dad) in running their 10th year together raising money for the Boston Fire Tommy Quinn Scholarship Fund.
If you are out on the marathon route, be sure to cheer Marie, Tom and the rest of the BFD running team as they make their wasy from Hopkinson to Boston.
Good Luck today, room 927 is so proud of you and your family and friends. Terrible weather, but I know you will have a great time!!