I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
2Kings 20:5

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Quick Review

The new year is quickly approaching and I guess before I decide on any "goals" for 2015 I am going to reflect on my 2014 :)

2014 started out pretty ordinary...
I took a CND Brisa Lite Gel certification class
THEN in February (Valentines Day) Bryan received a call from a Yamaha Shop in Norman, OK- so once we had weighed out the pros and cons we loaded a Uhaul with all of our belongings and headed to OKIE town. Our friends there were excited about the news, our families were not so excited. lol

When we moved and got settled Bryan started his new job & they immediately started sending him to more training & certifications. I was able to get hired back on at Mills Body Shop while I looked into getting my nail tech license switched from Idaho to Oklahoma. THAT was a loooooong journey.

I entered a national nail art contest in "Nails Magazine" and took 5th place! I painted Norman Rockwell's "Sunset" on a nail tip.

I cannot believe how insane and unorganized the State of Oklahoma Cosmetology board is. It took me several months just to get a straight answer as to what they needed...then they told me they would require I go BACK to school to do 200 review hours. Since Idaho only required 400 hours and Oklahoma requires 600 hours. The only school I could attend was here in Norman...thank goodness, or so I thought. I enrolled at "HOLLYWOOD COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL" ha! what a joke. BUT I was able to get my 200 hours (in which I sat alone a lot and just did my own thing) I was hoping to learn something new to make it worth my time, but I was completely mistaken. I did my time and even had to retake the practical exam to appease Oklahoma. I passed with a 92%

Bryan was promoted to General Manager in November however, the company he works for has too many chiefs and not enough Indians so recently they made changes again and decided Bryan was needed more in the service dept. Now he's a little unsure of the stability of the company since many of their decisions are questionable.

Once I had my work permit, I started searching for a salon to booth rent at. I found a cute little tanning salon with a great work space. I have been working on building clientele and I am enjoying every minute of it. I love what I do and I love creating my own work schedule. :)

Our year was eventful and full of change however my health was completely STABLE! I cannot complain about that. December 10th, 2014 I celebrated 7 years post transplant! My kidneys are doing good, my lungs are amazing, my weight is awesome, and my blood sugars are diet controlled. Life is good...not good, great!

*There is my quick year review...Once I set some 2015 goals I'll post them :)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7 year transplantiversary!!

Seven YEARS....I honestly never thought I would still be so heathy so many years from my double lung transplant. I am humbled by the love & blessings The Lord has given me. My husband and I have enjoyed 7 more years together, both of us going back to school for carreer changes. We have lived & traveled more now than ever before & making life long friendships. 7years ago my FEV1was 11% and I just had PFT's done a couple days ago and my FEV1 is steady at 92%....that is a miracle, my miracle. I owe my last 7 years to my Donor Angel...her choice to give life through herself is something I treasure. Organ Donation/transplantation is an incredible gift the medical world has & although I have many friends who have passed while waiting for organs or that have passed away from chronic rejection...everyday I wake up & every breath I take is never taken for granted.

This time of year holds so many memories & emotions...good, scary, terrifying and wonderful. I was shown so much charity & love by my friends, family...community and strangers. Every year I get to celebrate another Christmas that I wouldn't have. I also get to celebrate another year of marriage to my amazing husband (16 years in January). My Donor gave me so much more than just "lungs"....I know one day when I too have done all The Lord has for me on earth, I'll get to embrace her & thank her in person for unselfish gift she shared with me.  
Your "life" doesn't have to end in death...you can live on by sharing yourself with someone who needs you...someone like me <3 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Checking in...

I've been pretty busy the last month. I finished my hours at school, found a place to rent, and I'm taking 6-10 appointments a week and I'm still working a couple days a week at the auto body shop. It's great...but I don't have a lot of extra time :) My husband is amazing and so supportive. 

Oklahoma is still pretty warm, I like that. I had to put on a light hoodie the other day, but I LOVE hoodies so that wasn't a bad thing. In Idaho it's cooling down & my family had their opening weekend for the haunted attraction "Crazy Train" I made all the posters, tickets, handouts & 2 giant vinyl Banners for them. I helped " long distance" :) 

I've been doing done pretty fun nails...here are my Halloween nails I did on myself. I'm loving experimenting with 3D acrylic and Shellac. All the embellishments are handmade. 
Here is a little more of my work....
I really love what I do. I love when my clients are happy & they get tons of compliments on their nails. I'm so thankful to my Donor & the transplant team who gave me this second chance at life. I've accomplished things and set goals that I never thought could be possible. It's such an amazing feeling. 

I'm only a couple months away from celebrating 7 years post transplant...it's been some of the best years of my life!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My last week of school!!!!

My life has been crazy! I have been getting my extra 200 hours of school required by Oklahoma and it's been exhausting. I'm doing full time tues-sat 8:30-5pm, so by my day off I'm worn completely out. I usually suffer from headaches and feeling like crap for most of Sunday...but by Tuesday I have recovered enough to get back into the groove of class. I pretty much haven't learned ANYTHING at school. My instructor has not offered me any additional instruction. So I have been experimenting and using    YouTube/Pinterest to teach myself some new cool things. :) I only have 5 more days of school...I'm down to my last week. I can't believe I have survived school again!!!! Here's some of my practice work I have done at work....

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Thank You for taking the time to read my blog. I am hoping that through this blog and my experiences that I can bring hope, faith and strength to all that may be living with Cystic Fibrosis, CF with Cepacia and Lung Transplant recipients. Information and blog entrees start Nov. 07. My Double Lung Transplant was on Dec. 10th 2007. Please feel free to read about my experience and ask me any questions! My email address is jamiebug77@gmail.com

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It's hard to put into words how I feel toward my Heavenly Father and the Savior. I have so many reasons to be thankful for what I have gone through & endured. Because of my trials in life I have gained a strong testimony of Faith. I have always had Faith in the Lord and in Prayer. As I faced the decision to get a double lung transplant I had to rely on faith to make the choice.....By listening to the spirit, I was guided to Pittsburgh where my life was saved. I believe prayers are answered. I have always tried to follow the philosophy of this: If I do what the Lord expects of me, he will give me what I want & need. That has always worked for me. I Believe in MIRACLES..........My life on this earth is a miracle- I prayed on my knees for years to be healed from my lung disease. I knew that through a priesthood blessing (if it was God's will) I could be healed. So many times I thought he would heal me instantly...my faith was tested as I continued to get sick and no cure was in my future. I turned to prayer....I talked to my Heavenly Father, I cried to him and he heard me and he healed me by guiding me to Pittsburgh and guiding the surgeons hands. I learned humility, and thankfulness. I realized that we need others to lean on and we are supposed to strengthen each others testimonies. I learned that the hardest things we'll do are usually the greatest blessings in our life. I was able to experience a lot of things during surgery and I know I had comforting angels in my ICU room. THe Lord knows each of us by name and he will never leave our side. We need to remember to stay close to him and have Faith that he is watching over us. I know this for a fact! I know that following the gospel will bring us true happiness- the world will tell us otherwise, but I know I am truely happy & living the gospel has brought me that. Amen