Living Life in the City
Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
My book Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant was created from a journal I would write in when Lauren and I were living in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston Ma. waiting for her gift of life, a heart.
So many people encouraged me to turn my journal into a book. After a long thought process, I decided to do it. My goal for publishing our story is to help other's that are living in the same situation we were in. To help them feel they are not alone. When we were living in the hospital, many miles away from family and friends, I felt very alone, scared and always wondering what the day would hold for us. Is it going to be a good day or bad day? Sitting there watching my daughter connected to so many machines, always feeling like I just want to take her and go home back to our life before this all happened. Asking God, "why" and to please help her, give her the strength to get through another day. A mother should never have to watch her daughter live this type of life.
When I finally decided to write my book, it was very hard. I was reliving every day over and over again. It took me two years to complete the process. I found a great editor to work with to help perfect the final product.
So now the manuscript is now in book form, time to find a publisher. I self published from the company Createspace. This company took me through the process of creating my book cover and formatting my book the way I envisioned it.
I highly recommend this company if someone wants to self publish a book.
I released my book for sale in August 2017, since then it is now selling on Amazon, (paperback and kindle versions), Shop on the Pike Gift Shop in Brigham and Women's Hospital gift shop and also Odyssey Bookshop.
I am hoping this book will help people understand the organ transplant process and the importance of becoming an organ donor.
TO SUM IT UP:
I have slept in a hospital chair, 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 !!!