Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
Why did I publish my book? Why did I write it?
One answer, to bring awareness of the importance of becoming an organ donor.
I can personally say ten years ago, I knew nothing on this topic. I wasn't an organ donor. A simple act of checking that box on your license can help so many people. One organ donor can save up to eight lives.
When my daughter needed a heart transplant four years ago, it opened my eyes to a whole new world. The world of organ donation. I never knew there were so many people and their families suffering and waiting for organ transplants.
Being on the transplant list is a scary position to be in. Not knowing what is happening or what could happen, you feel so helpless. It's a learn as you go process. So that is why I wrote and published my book. To be able to help others that are starting on their journey, and to help them understand they are not alone and what they can expect. There is so much to take in all the time. I am no expert, but I have lived it.
Lauren's heart went into heart shock in June 2017, her heart never recovered. So here we are again, living in the hospital waiting for her second heart transplant and also a kidney transplant. Heart transplant medications the kidney doesn't like, and the kidney medications the heart doesn't like. Lauren's kidneys took a hit in June when she was on the ECMO machine to save her life. So they never recovered.
This video was taken at the International Book Fair in Miami this past November. It explains why I wrote my book. Enjoy
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Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
Read our personal journey on the heart transplant list