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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

4 years ago. . .

4 years ago I was hanging on to what health I had left. I was praying for a miracle. I was thankful for every morning I woke up. I enjoyed every day I had to spend time with my husband. .my best friend. .my one true love. This picture was taken on Thanksgiving 2007 just before we feasted on yummy food. I have a hard time looking at "pre-transplant" pictures because I can see the anxiety of not being able to breathe. I can see what is behind the smile & I am glad I don't have to feel that way anymore. I cannot say how much I'm thankful for no longer suffering without thanking my Donor and my donor family~ I cannot express the love and admiration I have for her. She is a HUGE part of my life despite not knowing anything about her. Her heart probably still beats and I KNOW her lungs are definitely still accomplishing wonderful things. I cannot begin to put into words how much my Donor means to me. I am also so very, very thankful for the love and compassion GOD has blessed me with.

Miracles happen. I was given a miracle. I am thankful for my life from beginning to end. . .and now my 'second life'. I am thankful for every breath I take! I am thankful for every minute I get to spend making memories with my husband. I am thankful for LIFE.

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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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