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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life at 35

   April is National Donate Life Month AND it's my "birthmonth" so it's pretty much officially my favorite month of the year. . .lol. 

I was noticing that today is April 10th which makes today my 6yr 5mo mark post lung transplant what an awesome realization. I never imagined life without CF and honestly I have forgotten (sorta) what life was like. I remember the hours of breathing treatments and the constant coughing, but it I have forgotten how it all "felt". I remember asking a question that not many others have probably EVER even thought to ask & had no reason to ask. . ."What does it feel like to just breathe and not have to think about every breathe?" I would watch Bryan breathe at night & it was so effortles and natural, I couldn't even wrap my head around what that could possibly feel like. I definately never in my life DREAMED I would ever be able to answer my own question. 

I'll be turning 35yrs young in just a few days and again it's another life event I never thought I would be alive and healthy to celebrate.  Miracles in life are beautiful gifts we are given by God to remind us how much he loves each and everyone of us. I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for the miracle of Organ Donation & the gift that my Organ Donor gave me. Through her sacrifice and choice to be an Organ Donor she gave me back my life. She gave me beautiful years and memories with my amazing husband, family, friends, and some incredible opportunities. 

Little things in life seem so trivial when I have been blessed with the opportunity to survive so many and difficult trials. I don't see the point in worrying about all the things I don't have. . .because I know what is truly important in life & things are just things nothing more. Life, Love, Health and Happiness are what makes life worth living.  Don't get me wrong I have my good days and my bad days but I am honestly just happy being alive & being with Bryan. The gift my Donor gave me is more than just breath and a life free of CF diseased lungs. She gave me more time with what is really important and that is being with those who you love and they love you back . 

Don't get hung up on things like "vanity" and "riches of the world" none of those things follow you into the next life. I know it's easy to feel like you're not good enough, pretty enough or popular enough. . .but none of those things really matter. Be true to yourself and learn to love you for all your talents, love and joy you bring into this world. The greatness of a person is not measured in things or beauty. . .I know I am beautiful in my own way and I like me for who I am

My life these last 6+ years is a gift I was given by a woman who I KNOW was a beautiful person. She selflessly gave me her beautiful healthy lungs & that takes a beautiful person to think of others. 

If you're not an Organ Donor please consider becoming one and be someone's HERO.  


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Moving Up...I guess?





UPDATE: 
It's been a while since I posted...So here's an update. 



Bryan was offered a good job with a new Yamaha Shop back in  Norman, OKLAHOMA. YEP, you read that right...we are back in Oklahoma.  The move in was rough. After driving 2 days I was disappointed that the house we rented was not "move in ready" in fact it was dirty and lots of things had to be fixed while we were trying to move in. I pretty much had to clean the house top to bottom with the help of my friend Lisa Sims :)  I was shocked in the house condition considering our landlord is a real estate agent....

Once I got it cleaned up its a nice little (although well used and abused) house). It's a rental so what can I expect? 

Bryan is liking his job, he's busy getting things organized and put together at the shop. I started working very part time at Mills Body Shop again until I can get things sorted out with my nail tech license stuff. 

I found a pole fitness studio in town and I've started taking classes...it's fun and challenging. I am sore after each workout. :) I'm hopeful that this move will be a good thing. I really would like to see Bryan    Succeed here at the shop and eventually move into a management! Also I pray we are safe from tornados. lol 

I was supposed to go to UPMC in Pittsburgh this month for my annual follow up clinic but I had to cancel my appointments due to our unexpected move. I'm a little bummed since we had panned on going to NYC for a few days before my appointments. NYC is one of the places I've ALWAYS wanted to go to but never seem to get there. :(  Bryan's sister finished her medical internship in NYC recently and will be moving so unfortunately we missed seeing them there as well. Oh well, life goes on. 

Also don't forget April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month!! I'm planning on posting some very transplant related blog posts this month. :) stay tuned!! 









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Friday, January 17, 2014

I LOVE what I do!!




Photobucket I haven't posted much of  my work lately...I cannot express how much I LOVE doing nails. I'm so glad I made the decision and sacrifice to go to school :) here's a few pics of my little home salon & some of my work. ENJOY!






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Monday, December 30, 2013

Heading into 2014...

Well it's almost 2014!! I can't believe it. These are a few of the accomplishments I will hit this year :)
January: 15 year wedding anniversary!
April: I turn the big 35!!!!
May: I'm planning on running my 2nd 5K :)

I'm not sure what next summer will bring....I hope fun things!

December 2014: I'll celebrate 7 years post double lung transplant!

I'm excited for everyday...even when I have a "bad" day and I get frustrated or depressed, I always know deep down I'm forever grateful for every day my donor gives me.

New Years "Goals" for 2014...
1- Build my home nail salon clientele
2- work out/exercise more regularly
3- run a 5k in under 30 min ;)
4- work towards paying off debt
5- send 2+ bughug bags out
6- be kinder, more patient & less judgmental
7- live to celebrate my 7th transplantiversary!!

What's some of your 2014 goals??




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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