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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Final Day of Voting

Today marks the final day for voting for the Readers Digest Life story contest. I didn’t the get the most votes, but I am in the top 35, so I may still have a pretty good chance of winning something & getting my story published. My story is #34 out of 4,800 based on votes alone. My story has been on the Editors Pick list since the day after I entered it and among those my story is #6, so I would say I have pretty a pretty good chance of at least being a finalist! Lets hope good things come from it. I would love to get my story published and raise awareness for CF/Cepacia and most of all how powerful and important being an Organ Donor is. Voting ends at midnight tonight & I am at around 1,030 votes! I am grateful for everyone who voted & especially for those that took the time and voted once every day :) I know there was a few that were very dedicated. I hope that if my story is picked I will be notified soon so I can post it on my blog. It would be such a wonderful thing. I wrote a book and submitted it for publishing a couple years ago. It was not picked up by the publishing company. . .but maybe my story still has a chance of reaching so many more people through this contest. If so it may open more doors for me to spread awareness and hope for those who are facing terminal illness and/or transplant.

After my transplant I had a very strong feeling to “write my story”. I thought that meant to write a book. . . I don’t regret the hundreds of hours I spent doing that, and when I got my rejection letter from the publishing company it made me think. I realized that I was writing my story every day through my blog. I started with Blogspot and although it wasn’t wrapped in a fancy hard cover book, my story was reaching people that needed it & that is really all that matters. My blog has been one of my greatest accomplishments and it doesn’t matter whether it wins & get published, what matters is that I’m writing it.

You can also check out my Wordpress at jamiebug.com

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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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