heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
Author Lori D. Brackney
Lori D. Brackney published her book, April 7, 2016 On the List, A Memoir. Lori lived in Portland, Oregon with her family. At that time, Lori Brackney was 3 years post transplant and rejection free.
Lori D. Brackney wrote:
On June 16, 2013 my heart beat for the last time. By the 17th of June I was waking up to find a strangers heart had replaced my own. This is a courageous story through transplantation and organ rejection. This is my story
I came across Lori's book when I was writing my book Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant. When I started reading Lori's intro I was thinking she is the same age as my daughter Lauren. I was intrigued, and thought Lori and Lauren had their heart transplant the same year, same age I felt compelled to contact Lori. If anything these two girls can talk about their experiences and similarities about their own journeys.
That was the beginning of a great friendship. Lori and Lauren became instant friends from across the country. The friendship grew and she would call us her family from Massachusetts. Lori sent us a signed copy of her book, that we will cherish forever. Whenever Lori just needed to talk, she would contact me and I felt like I was talking to a daughter.. We would joke and say "I was her mom from Massachusetts".
In 2016, it saddens me to say, Lori became sick. Her new heart went into rejection. Lori was re-listed for another heart transplant. Her heart quickly became weaker and weaker. Lori D. Brackney lost her battle and died in September 2016.
To this day I'm still in contact with Lori's twin sister, Lisa. When Lauren was sick this past June, Lisa reached out to me to try to comfort my pain. It mean't so much to me, her compassion and caring went a long way.
I contacted Lisa about featuring Lori's book On the List, A Memoir and she was very happy to give her blessing. Lisa told me all proceed of Lori book On the List, A Memoir will go to their local Children's Hospital, OHSU Doernbercher.
Lori may not be will us anymore, but she will always be in our heart.
***** Emotionally raw and completely captivating. A strong woman with an incredible journey! Loved the book and will recommend to my friends and family.
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***** I really enjoyed reading about Lori's journey. So many things reminded me of my daughter's transplant experience, but there were differences, too. I'm so glad that she found the strength to continue and for all of the wonderful people in her life. That's so important and it seems like the people were what gave her the strength to fight on.
It is my pleasure to feature, On the List, A Memoir in Lori's memory.
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