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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BUG HUG

The first "BUG HUG" bag is starting to come together. I have the first duffel bag ordered which will be pink/black with "BUG HUG" embroidered on it :) I will be starting a blanket/quilt this week for it. I have recieved a $50 donation to help purchase items to put in the bag. I am hoping this bag will be the first of many more to come. Since it is Pink it will be a bag for a woman/female however, I can get the identicle bag in blue/black so those will be designated "Mens/Male" bags. I could really use more donations to help finish this bag up. I will be taking it to UPMC transplant center and leaving it in the care of the transplant coordinators to designate a patient who would benifit from it. Eventually I would love to get at least one bag out to several tx centers. There are times I feel like this project may never get off and running but I know there is a need for it among transplant patients and I KNOW how much the little things helped me during my recovery esspecially since I was so far from home and family. This first bag might be 'empty' compared to what I imagine I would like to have in them but I have hope that eventually "BUG HUG" bags will be filled with all my expectations!

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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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