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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life at 35

   April is National Donate Life Month AND it's my "birthmonth" so it's pretty much officially my favorite month of the year. . .lol. 

I was noticing that today is April 10th which makes today my 6yr 5mo mark post lung transplant what an awesome realization. I never imagined life without CF and honestly I have forgotten (sorta) what life was like. I remember the hours of breathing treatments and the constant coughing, but it I have forgotten how it all "felt". I remember asking a question that not many others have probably EVER even thought to ask & had no reason to ask. . ."What does it feel like to just breathe and not have to think about every breathe?" I would watch Bryan breathe at night & it was so effortles and natural, I couldn't even wrap my head around what that could possibly feel like. I definately never in my life DREAMED I would ever be able to answer my own question. 

I'll be turning 35yrs young in just a few days and again it's another life event I never thought I would be alive and healthy to celebrate.  Miracles in life are beautiful gifts we are given by God to remind us how much he loves each and everyone of us. I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for the miracle of Organ Donation & the gift that my Organ Donor gave me. Through her sacrifice and choice to be an Organ Donor she gave me back my life. She gave me beautiful years and memories with my amazing husband, family, friends, and some incredible opportunities. 

Little things in life seem so trivial when I have been blessed with the opportunity to survive so many and difficult trials. I don't see the point in worrying about all the things I don't have. . .because I know what is truly important in life & things are just things nothing more. Life, Love, Health and Happiness are what makes life worth living.  Don't get me wrong I have my good days and my bad days but I am honestly just happy being alive & being with Bryan. The gift my Donor gave me is more than just breath and a life free of CF diseased lungs. She gave me more time with what is really important and that is being with those who you love and they love you back . 

Don't get hung up on things like "vanity" and "riches of the world" none of those things follow you into the next life. I know it's easy to feel like you're not good enough, pretty enough or popular enough. . .but none of those things really matter. Be true to yourself and learn to love you for all your talents, love and joy you bring into this world. The greatness of a person is not measured in things or beauty. . .I know I am beautiful in my own way and I like me for who I am

My life these last 6+ years is a gift I was given by a woman who I KNOW was a beautiful person. She selflessly gave me her beautiful healthy lungs & that takes a beautiful person to think of others. 

If you're not an Organ Donor please consider becoming one and be someone's HERO.  

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1 comment:

amangrav said...

We're sure glad you're here to celebrate 35 years!!! Yay for organ donors!

Where to start to learn about my transplant!

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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