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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ya'll strengthen me!

I honestly don't know how to put what I am feeling in my heart right now into words. When I decided to fight for a transplant I did it out of selfish reasons. I did it for me. I did it so I wouldn't have to leave Bryan. I thought of a few of my close CF friends who I hoped would also choose to be transplanted when the time came for them. What I didn't think about was how many other people it could have possibly influenced. I am not a great person. I am only strong because I had to be. But despite my flaws, and shortcomings I somehow have been able to help others. I am thankful for that. Tonight I met a woman who has 2 precious little boys in her life who have CF, to hear her tell me that I have given them hope fills my heart and soul with gratitude. I have received e-mails from other CF and CF/Cepacia patients and family members whom I am able to relate to the challenges they are facing. I am grateful that I can. I didn't want my life to have to be the way it was, but looking back I am so appreciative of the things I went through, of the challenges life through at me and at the strength I was forced to find within myself. Thank You to everyone who sends me such beautiful messages and shares your life with me. I would do it all over again knowing that somewhere in someone's life I can in someway help them.
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi Jamie
my hubby sky is awaiting transplant. i emailed you a few months back but didnt hear back, perhaps I sent it to the wrong email....hope not lol..anyways if you dont mind me askign what type of cepacia do you have? cenocepacia? I know theres many strains and how long were you in hospital post transpant? thanks you are inspiring :) shantelle

Jamie said...

Shantell,

I try pretty hard to keep up and reply to emails. . so I apologize if I did miss yours. Cenocepacia is type 3 I believe. I am not sure what you have been told about cenocepacia. I however did not have cenocepacia (type 3) I had type 6 and I don't remember the exact name of it. Don't worry too much however, I have a very close friend from Ohio who had type 3. She was transplanted 3 months before me. I met her at Pittsburgh while I was being evaluated. She is getting ready to celebrate her 3 year post transplant mark. She is doing VERY well. She is finishing her degree in college and making plans for her future. Please email me at jamiebug77@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns, I promise to respond :)

Jamie said...

Oh and I was hospitalized for around 52 days. Recovery was tough. It is a process of 2 steps forward one step back, 5 steps forward 4 steps back kinda thing. . .but every patient is different ~ I had complications such as pneumonia post transplant. But I pulled through it, it was the hardest thing I ever did. I would do it again.

Sherri said...

Thanks for this post--very well said.

Denise Fahr said...

YES, very well said! Jamie you have helped me out when we had so many questions about transplant and what to expect. Seeing your journey made me more comfortable when Jim made his decision to do it and while we were going through the process I kept your outcome in mind ALL the time. We are finally at a place where things are really looking up and he is just over 3 mos. post-tx. We were told today that there are no signs of rejection for the bronch he had on Friday! Woo hoo! Anyway, thanks you for sharing your story!!

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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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