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

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spreading Hope and Knowledge

I feel like through all of our blogs (CF and CF/Transplant blog world) together sharing our stories of highs and lows really just helps spread hope and knowledge. Everyone's story is a little different but for the most part I think we all share much more in common. The undeniable will to survive, to see the bright side of life and share our life experiences and what they have taught us. We can learn from each other, support each other, comfort each other and celebrate with each other. Hooray for the blogs, online communities and personal friendships do for all of us! I just want to share a few links to some online communities that I enjoy visiting and being a part of. In case you aren't aware of some these sites.
*Please feel free to add any other sites too as a response.

Cystic Life: http://www.cysticlife.org/
Transplant Buddies: http://www.transplantbuddies.org/   
Cystic Fibrosis.Com: http://www.cysticfibrosis.com/
Transplant Games: http://www.kidney.org/news/tgames2010/index.cfm 

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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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My Testimony

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