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"Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant"
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If you are going through a heart or any organ transplant this book could help you understand what life is like living on an organ transplant list.
This is my journal I wrote, when my daughter was on the heart transplant list, and I lived in the hospital with her. I published it to help other's understand they are not alone. My book is formatted in journal form, that takes you from hearing those words heart failure, to being listed, receiving a LVAD, to receiving the call and then finally recovery.
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Customer review :
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. :)
This is my favorite picture, the day we walked out of the hospital together.
for the FIRST Annual Boston Blue & Green Walk!!!
Sunday September 23, 2018
Help us increase awareness about the life-saving an life-enhancing importance of organ and tissue donation. All donations go towards raising awareness for organ donation! A cause near and dear to myself and so many others!
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Why We Walk for Blue & Green...
Thousands of lives are changed each year by the life-saving and life-enhancing gifts of organ and tissue donation. To remember those who gave through donation, honor living donors and celebrate life renewed through transplantation, join us for the 1st Annual Blue & Green Walk in Boston. Every dollar raised through the Blue & Green goes directly to programs to educate the public about donation and to increase the number of registered donors in New England who can save and improve lives.
The Blue & Green Walk is a family-friendly event for the public to gather in support of donation and transplantation. Join us in support of the cause, take a team picture at the Donate Life photo booth, hear and share stories from the community, and visit the Wall of Hope and Kids Tent.
Since the first Blue & Green in 2014, teams and individual supporters have raised over $500,000 to support radio programs, DMV/AAA outreach, volunteer training and programs for Driver's Education.
Yup the picture says it all, going home today!!!
Test results confirm Lauren has a virus and was dehydrated.
Test results are going in the right direction, so the doctors feel comfortable letting her go home with quite a few medication adjustments.
This has been our shortest admission, love it.
Thank you everyone for your support and prayers
Now the wait for discharge, but that's ok.
This past week, Lauren hasn't been feeling well. Throwing up here and there. No temp, or any other signs of a real problem. This happens at times with Lauren due to all the medication she takes. If she doesn't eat or the timing is off on them it will upset her stomach. I need to weigh her everyday to make sure her weigh den's flocculate to much especially if she gains. If that happens it could mean she is retaining fluids, Not good. But the last couple of days her weigh has been dropping.
Lauren had an appointment with her kidney doctor's on Tuesday, so we were heading up here anyway. On Monday we called the heart transplant doctor to tell them what's been going on, we figured if we are in Boston at the hospital they could take a look at her. We were told they will see her after kidney appointment.
Monday night, I told my husband Dean I am not packing a bag. But I had a fear in the back of my mind they could admit her. I was staying positive.
So Tuesday morning off we went, no bags in tow. When we went to see the kidney doctor, we told them how Lauren has been feeling. They ordered blood work to be done before we saw the heart doctor. This way we were ahead of the game. The kidney doctors basically do not make any medication changes or really no action until they speak to the heart dr's. The heart transplant team make all the decisions on Lauren's care.
Sitting in the exam room waiting for the heart doctor to enter we were so nervous. On our ride in, I had to pull the car over twice on the turnpike, Lauren had to throw up. Dr. Dasi came in asked some questions, then looked at some of the lab results that came up already and said the A word. ADMIT.
Tears started to roll down my eyes, thinking "I haven't even recovered from the transplant as far as living in the hospital again". He told us he felt it would be a short stay. We looked at each other and said "it's the Lynne & Lauren show again".
Yesterday was a day of all test, blood work, EKG's, Echo's heart and kidney and stomach. Today more of the same with results at this point, Lauren has a virus plus she was dehydrated. Kidney functions are slightly elevated. One thing effects everything.
We were thinking we might be going home tomorrow, but who knows....
Lauren is feeling better, and she feels relieved she is not in heart failure. So at this time, they are going over everything with her.
I am not even going to get into our feelings about being here, I'm sure you probably all ready can figure that out.
I will update when I know more...signing off from Hotel Brigham's.
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