I have just completed putting together the 6th...yes 6th bughug bag! It will be mailed out to a very special and strong young woman who has been waiting for new lungs for a very long time.
Bag#1 went to a young woman from PA who is now celebrating 2 years with her new lungs
Bag#2 went to a sweet young woman who has since gained her angel wings <3
Bag#3 went to a young woman who celebrated her one year transplantiversary DEC 12th she's since ran a 5k and a triathlon! She's just an amazing woman :)
Bag#4 was a very special bag...my sweet cousin chose do put together a bughug bag for a young woman (18yrs old) who was waiting for new lungs. She personalized the bag to include an iPad mini which the recipient had always wanted one. The recipient of this bughug has also gained her angel wings now.
Bag#5 was the first "MENS" bag that I put together...which was kinda hard to do...lol. I didn't know what a guy would like, but the donation I got were great and he received that bag just last week. He had a long & tough recovery but he is released from the hospital recovering and doing good!
So that leaves us at bag #6...
When I was brainstorming ideas on what I could do to "pay it forward" and honor the gift my Donor gave...I wasn't sure if it would be something I would ever actually see happen. I LOVE sending these bags out to give patients who I know need a little extra love and support. Recovery can be so very challenging and there are even times when I thought "is it worth it to keep fighting..." And I got care packages, cards and so much support and love from family, friends, and absolute strangers...so I know what a care package can do to help people get through the ups and downs of recovery.
One thing I've decided is to NOT include PC Tablets anymore...instead I have began including workout tracking bracelets like the FITBIT I included in bag #6. It's so important post transplant to exercise and keep our bodies in good shape. I feel like products like the FITBIT encourages a healthy lifestyle of excercise and motion. <3
So to answer my own previous post "have I done enough?"...yes, well, no there is always more I can do but yes...I am trying to do what I can & I'm proud of that.
I will continue to put together "BUGHUGS" and find recipients for them...I am hoping to one day create an actual charity/foundation and get sponsors so I can get more bags out to more patients in need. That's my overall goal, but until then I will make a difference one bag at a time.