Category Archives: Surviving A Transplant
Follow along on the journey of a heart transplant recipient. Miracles do exist!
…First, and most importantly is the person I will never be able to thank for saving my life. The donor. Not a day goes by without thinking of and thanking this individual.
Second, my family ……. They were there for me, every step of the way. They literally cried for weeks, they never gave up. Without them, I would be nothing…
No matter what you are going through, you will be okay. Sometimes life seems very unfair to some of us and we may never understand why. We may never have our answers but we have to keep faith. I was recently touched by an individual that made my problems seem so small. I have always said, when our problems seem big, there is always someone, somewhere, worse off. I believe in praying for people who hurt me and I try to do good. I am saved and I realize, I will never be perfect, but sometimes life throws a punch so big, we have a hard time getting back up.
I could not sleep one night and was channel surfing, when I heard a message that glued my eyes to the television. He had me laughing and crying at the same time. He knows all our pains. His name was Nick Vujicic. He is a preacher with no arms or legs, no limbs. He had the biggest smile and was such a beautiful person. My heart ached for him and rejoiced at the same time. He was born without arms and legs and begged God his whole life, for the miracle of arms and legs. He said he finally understood what God meant when He impressed on him, “No Nick, I am not delivering your miracle…YOU… are the miracle!” Read the rest of this entry →
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Have you been hurt by someone or something that hurt you so deep you feel you will never recover from it? Have you had someone instantly taken or ripped from your life to never see them again? Have you been abused mentally or physically? Have you ever lost all of your possessions and had to start over? Have you lost a child or a parent before you felt it was time? Have you ever been homeless? Have you ever been raped, molested, robbed, or attacked? Have you survived a natural disaster? Have you ever been kidnapped? What is your pain?
My heart aches for you who are hurting or have been hurt in the past and cannot seem to move past it. I have been through so much in my life and I know there are many of you who are suffering right now. My trials and traumatic experiences are real and I personally know what it feels like to suffer and feel alone. You are not alone! When I look back at everything I have been through, it amazes me that I’m not in a mental institute or living under a bridge. There were times I wanted to give up, but I decided to take it one day at a time and I knew that I was worthy of a good life, a happy life. I am only 38 years old and I am a widow with three children. The path to my here and now has been very long, very excruciating and very confusing. I learned to mask my pain and hide my embarrassment very well. So well, that only my closest friends know “only a part” of what I have been through. I found it useless to reach out for help because family and friends expect you to recover in a certain amount of time, regardless if you could or could not. No one truly knew how to help me because they either haven’t been through it themselves or they were hurting also and did not know how to heal from their own pain. I always thought…how could they help me?
I am pulling it up by the bootstraps and I pray that my experiences will help you rise up from your pain, to start your new, happy life. This is your chance to finally realize, you are able to let go of the pain and when you smile again, to really mean it. This is your chance to help others, who are hurting and lost, to find encouragement and strength. I will be sharing the horrific events of my life with you and welcome your comments for us to discuss and share. Be sure and check back for information. By sharing your pain, others will realize they are not alone. You may choose to remain confidential or you can own the pain and finally release it for good. However you choose to participate is completely up to you. My goal is for you to begin pulling it up by the bootstraps and create the diamond within you. Read the rest of this entry →
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You can hold on tight and let life take you where it will, or you can pull yourself up by the bootstraps and take control of your situations. I, definitely, would not wish the pain and traumatic events of my life on my worst enemy. The things I have experienced are painful, humiliating, demeaning, and torturous. I chose to take the high road and remember exactly who I am. I am a fun, loving, giving, caring, prayerful person. I am not better than anyone else and no one is better than me. I am okay with who I am, on the inside. I am a normal human being just like you are. I value my life, in short, I like me despite what I have been through. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a good life, between the bad, the good just didn’t last very long.
My goal is for those of you who have been hurt, or are hurting, to know, you can start your new life, no matter what you have been through or are going through now. You might not see the light now, but you will. It may take much longer than most people expect. My family and most of my friends do not understand why it took me so long to heal and move forward. They could not see the baby steps I was taking everyday. They were not in my shoes and no-one can walk in your shoes. You have to find your own path, as hard as that may seem, with some soul searching you will get there. I pray that my life experiences of pain and many trials will give you hope and encouragement to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, just as I have done and continue to do, every second of every day. You are not alone in your suffering. Open your heart and pay it forward, to others who are hurting. Each time you help someone, they are healing, and you are healing. You may not feel it instantly, but trust that you are.
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