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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7 year transplantiversary!!

Seven YEARS....I honestly never thought I would still be so heathy so many years from my double lung transplant. I am humbled by the love & blessings The Lord has given me. My husband and I have enjoyed 7 more years together, both of us going back to school for carreer changes. We have lived & traveled more now than ever before & making life long friendships. 7years ago my FEV1was 11% and I just had PFT's done a couple days ago and my FEV1 is steady at 92%....that is a miracle, my miracle. I owe my last 7 years to my Donor Angel...her choice to give life through herself is something I treasure. Organ Donation/transplantation is an incredible gift the medical world has & although I have many friends who have passed while waiting for organs or that have passed away from chronic rejection...everyday I wake up & every breath I take is never taken for granted.

This time of year holds so many memories & emotions...good, scary, terrifying and wonderful. I was shown so much charity & love by my friends, family...community and strangers. Every year I get to celebrate another Christmas that I wouldn't have. I also get to celebrate another year of marriage to my amazing husband (16 years in January). My Donor gave me so much more than just "lungs"....I know one day when I too have done all The Lord has for me on earth, I'll get to embrace her & thank her in person for unselfish gift she shared with me.  
Your "life" doesn't have to end in death...you can live on by sharing yourself with someone who needs you...someone like me <3 
Please Be an Organ Donor!!!

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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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It's hard to put into words how I feel toward my Heavenly Father and the Savior. I have so many reasons to be thankful for what I have gone through & endured. Because of my trials in life I have gained a strong testimony of Faith. I have always had Faith in the Lord and in Prayer. As I faced the decision to get a double lung transplant I had to rely on faith to make the choice.....By listening to the spirit, I was guided to Pittsburgh where my life was saved. I believe prayers are answered. I have always tried to follow the philosophy of this: If I do what the Lord expects of me, he will give me what I want & need. That has always worked for me. I Believe in MIRACLES..........My life on this earth is a miracle- I prayed on my knees for years to be healed from my lung disease. I knew that through a priesthood blessing (if it was God's will) I could be healed. So many times I thought he would heal me instantly...my faith was tested as I continued to get sick and no cure was in my future. I turned to prayer....I talked to my Heavenly Father, I cried to him and he heard me and he healed me by guiding me to Pittsburgh and guiding the surgeons hands. I learned humility, and thankfulness. I realized that we need others to lean on and we are supposed to strengthen each others testimonies. I learned that the hardest things we'll do are usually the greatest blessings in our life. I was able to experience a lot of things during surgery and I know I had comforting angels in my ICU room. THe Lord knows each of us by name and he will never leave our side. We need to remember to stay close to him and have Faith that he is watching over us. I know this for a fact! I know that following the gospel will bring us true happiness- the world will tell us otherwise, but I know I am truely happy & living the gospel has brought me that. Amen