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

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pixydust, Parties and Thankfulness

I bundled up and braved the cold so that I could get at least ONE horse ride in while I was home :) It was absolutely worth it! Pixydust is such a dream to ride. So today I was brushing her mane and she decided that the top of my head was a good 'resting place' for her head. She always brings a smile to my soul and I know that days like today are worth everything I went through in my lifetime that made Pixydust possible.

My Grandfather Christensen had his 80th birthday party today so I got to see a lot of my family that I have not seen since before my transplant. I was happy to have been home to celebrate with my grandparents.

THEN tonight my sister and our friends were able to finally fit it our "girls night". We spent hours playing, dancing and munching. Nikkii's Pole offers us hours of fun and an awesome workout!! Tomorrow I may not be able to move due to all the physical activity I got to do today. It is now 3:10am and I am still sketched out on Diet Dew. . . .Ambien here I come.

Bryan will be leaving the Island tomorrow and we'll be together again on Monday. . .I miss having my best friend and I am glad he has had a great time exploring the Dominica. I have enjoyed all the time I have been spending with my family and friends as well :)

Thanksgiving has come and gone. . but everyday in the life of a transplant recipient is a day of 'thanksgiving'. I am thankful I have my life back and thankful for my Donor and her family, my supportive family, a sexy loving husband and of course amazing hospitals and doctors like Pittsburgh.

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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