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Friday, November 8, 2013

I made the right decision.....

In the middle of a super busy day drowing in a sea of Christmas garland , trees and lights ~ I had the extraordinary opportunity to chat with one of my customers who has just been thru a year of struggle.
I . Mean. Struggle.
Most of this past year had been spent in the hospital clinging to life as she awaited a transplant.
I did not get her permission to disclose her story so I want to respect her privacy. But we really don't need the details here.
She was so sick. And so tired. And she never gave up hope. She would get better to be able to be put on the transplant list, only to get sick again to be taken off.
I can only imagine.
One day, she was told that she was better and that she was put back on the list.
The TOP of the list. She was running out of time.
By that afternoon she got the call.
Her life was about to change.
Today she lives because someone was an organ donor.
I have never personally met anyone before who has gone thru something quite like this.
You should have seen how wonderful and full of life she looks. She was shopping, laughing and just living.
I made the decision to be an organ donor along time ago when I renewed my drivers license.
Today I learned exactly the kind of impact that decision can make.
I know without a doubt that is was the right one.

 

9 comments:

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Great story, thank you!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Wow, how wonderful for your friend! Organ donation is so important....thanks for the reminder!

time worn interiors said...

Great story, I to have never met anyone who has received an organ, but I to am on the organ donation list.
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Patty Wiles said...

Blessings ...
I too became an organ donor last drivers license renewal. Great story of just how much it means to someone for someone else to make a selfless decision to be an organ donor.

Patty said...

Beth, I still have one of my best friends because he was given a new heart 5 years ago. In a very emotional meeting, he was able to thank the mother of the young man who died, making it possible for him to live. It was difficult for him to wrap his mind around, and he's so thankful. I was glad to have had the opportunity to thank her myself. Thank you for reminding us how important this is.

jackieWV said...

We need to remember that our bodies are our "earthy vessels" and they will serve us no purpose in our next adventure -- the blessings that we can give to another family by giving of what is no use is unmeasureable. To think that someone might enjoy their families by the use of my organs is something that I hope will be part of my "living on". Please promote organ donation. We never know when someone we love might be that recepient. Wonderful story and SO glad that she is enjoying life again.

jackieWV said...

We need to remember that our bodies are our "earthy vessels" and they will serve us no purpose in our next adventure -- the blessings that we can give to another family by giving of what is no use is unmeasureable. To think that someone might enjoy their families by the use of my organs is something that I hope will be part of my "living on". Please promote organ donation. We never know when someone we love might be that recepient. Wonderful story and SO glad that she is enjoying life again.

holli said...

Unfortunately i know all too well the fear and the excitement of being on and off a transplant list. My Dad received a double lung transplant this past July. Because of his donor, he walked me down the aisle and danced at my wedding on Labor Day weekend.

Mary Pernula said...

wonderful!