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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Being Transformed

caterpillar Pictures, Images and PhotosIf you haven't noticed I love butterflies but mostly because of what they represent for me in my life. They are a very beautiful creature and they come in many sizes and colors which is one reason I like them. But for me the true fascination with them it how a butterfly becomes a butterfly. A butterfly is not born. . .it is transformed. I look at my life pre-transplant, and I feel as though that was my life as a 'calapiter' (as my sister calls them). Being a caterpillar is what a butterfly starts out life as being. I feel my life prepared me with the necessary foundation for who/what I was capable of becoming. My cocooning stage was months in the ICU and recovery at UPMC.

butterfly Pictures, Images and Photos
When I woke up from that experience and I took in a full breath of air with ease, I became overwhelmed with emotion. I know what it feels like when a butterfly spreads her wings and is no longer limited in a caterpillar form. The sky becomes her limit. Butterflies don't seem to stay still for very long. . . .maybe it's because they are afraid if they stop flying they will become a caterpillar again. Or maybe it's because they are enjoying their second life!

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1 comment:

Denise Fahr said...

Beautiful post, Jamie!

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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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