As I sit here watching the first "snow fall" of the year I reflect on where I was this time 6 years ago. We were planning fundraising. I was in and out of the hospital very frequently at that point. One thing I am so thankful for is the fact I kept a journal of most of my transplant journey. It's so nice to reflect back and read my own words and recollection of that time in my life.
Here is an actual excerpt from my journal entry dated Nov. 2, 2007:
"I can't believe it's actually November!! This year is going by way too fast. Before I know it, it will be my 29th birthday! In just over 2 months Bry & I will be married 9 years!
Bryan started a transplant Fundraising team. We have met 3x's- we brainstormed some ideas & we started making donation cans to leave at businesses around town. They loose really cute. These are the people so far: Mom & Dad Warren, Jen, Sindy, Patti & Mike Piper, Itsuki, Nikkii, Mindy Zager, Joey & Steven. It is so nice to know all these people want to help me & love me.
We heard back from the hospital in Dallas Tx they are reviewing my case. . .they said we should hear from them again in 1-2 weeks. My mom is AMAZING! She has been taking care of me AND my Dad this last week. My dad had 2 surgeries he has been recovering very well. . he keeps saying he is ready to go for a motorcycle ride. . he gets a rise out of my mom every time! :) The weather has been really nice too.
Bryan and I decided against buying a 5th wheel. I think we found a Sebnring Convertable-nice car! We need a nice car to travel to all these places. We are selling the car & truck, we will pretty much have almost nothing. Funny thought. . .I am happier now than I've been in a while.
It's been hard living in a house with stairs. However I'm getting better at them."
One thing I notice as I read through my old journal entrees is that I rarely focused on how ill I was or how hard life was becoming. Don't get me wrong I write about it but I didn't focus my journal around it, instead I mostly write about the things that brought me happiness during this time. That is how I have maintained my happiness: it's a choice whether to focus on what you don't have or to appreciate what you DO HAVE. :)
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