As a heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor, I have experienced intense physical pain and prolonged mental anguish. I have a few tricks I use to endure pain and I will share them with you. I hope it brings you some measure of relief.
For over a month I've been fighting a stomach bug. At the same time, the US gov't has been in a historic, longest ever shutdown. Maybe together me and Uncle Sam are finally on the mend.
Warning: This article may trigger feelings of fear and discomfort if you need a heart transplant, and like most of us also have financial concerns about paying for it. Please know that there are resources out there to help transplant recipients, ask your hospital social worker. I wrote this blog based on my individual experience … Continue reading How Much Does a Heart Transplant Cost?
I share with you my thoughts about organ donation and my experience as a heart transplant Recipient, because I believe communication can be beneficial, but I also know that this is a very sensitive topic and taboo.
Of course my new tattoo would get infected. It's my first tattoo ever. I'm 41 years old and finally a rebel, well sort of. I'm immunosupressed, so usually tattoos are forbidden in the post Heart Transplant patient. But since they are 3D nipple tattoos to finish my reconstruction after a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer, … Continue reading Tattoo’s & Transplant: Taboo!☠️
When I first heard that I might need a transplant, I was in disbelief. It was a trip-the-light-fantastic thought... in my mind other people, sick people, dying people got transplants, not me. I pushed transplant out of my mind and continued on with life. I don’t even remember when or where I was, when I … Continue reading Learning I needed a Heart Transplant…
After my heart transplant, I was in a medically induced coma for 4 days. I had dreams and even a conversation a full 24 hours before I woke up. Read more about my experience on life support. Please know this may be triggoring and this post contains graphic imagery.