I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Be grateful

One thing that I think about every day is how much I miss 'home'. . .home as in Idaho, my family, Bryan's family, my friends, my community. . .and my horse. There are days I struggle with feelings of resentment that life has taken me so far away from all those things I love. BUT I am always reminded to be grateful for all the wonderful things I have wherever I live. Life post-transplant has taken me away from the life I loved before my transplant, yet it has given me a life of opportunities and new friendships. No it's not exactly the same kind of happiness I get when I am home but it's just a different happiness. Every day I think of how amazing it is that I even got a 2nd chance at life and that is something I am grateful for. I firmly believe that we decide our own happiness and I am choosing to be happy.

I have to really focus on all the good things I have in my life and I have more blessings in my life than I can count. I have goals I am working towards, I have already had some awesome opportunity to act/perform and life is just an amazing gift every day. I am grateful for what I do have! I can think what I WANT is what is best for me, but I believe God knows and gives me what I NEED.

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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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