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Saturday, July 31, 2010

956 days

I have breathed and lived with my transplanted lungs for 956 days. . . .it is weird to think of it like that. But I can guarantee that not one of those days has gone by that I didn't think of my donor and thank her for the gift of life she gave me. To say 2 yrs 7 months and 3 weeks just doesn't really do it justice. . .but when I think that I have woken up 956 times and been able to breathe, it's incredible. I have been able to spend time with people I love, do things I never thought I would do again.... and shared my story for 956 days.

I don't have a specific reason for choosing today to figure out how many days it's been, and even that is a close estimate. I was just thinking back to when I was hoping for new lungs, and I remember that I knew if I only got just one day of breathing with lungs free of CF, it would have been worth it. It was not easy at the beginning. . .but although one day would have been worth it, 965+ days is just miraculous. To put things in perspective once in a while is really nice.

At the same time, my donor family has spent 956 days without my donor in their lives. I am thankful to the sacrifices that are made by our donors and our donor families. It becomes something that perhaps gets pushed into the back of my mind, but it is always there. I am sorry for their loss and forever grateful for the life they gave me!

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1 comment:

Jesse Petersen (CF Fatboy) said...

956 and COUNTING!! Less than 2 months until 1,000 days! Keep it coming/going.

Where to start to learn about my transplant!

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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