Life after a heart transplant has a new set of unique challenges.
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.
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…
“You have such a good attitude,” “You’re so positive” and “I can’t believe you’re so positive” are comments I hear often from medical professionals and people who know of my experience with two bouts of cancer and a heart transplant. Sometimes I feel like a broken human being and in those moments I cry, I … Continue reading I’m like a Jedi trained in Mindfulness
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.
I am often asked, “where we’re you when you got the call for transplant?” For months I was vigilant, perhaps hyper-vigilant with answering my phone. Nothing would prevent me from picking up an “unknown” call, not even the sacred space of the movie theater was going to cause me to miss the call for a … Continue reading Getting the Call: Heart Transplant & Uber
At 15 years old, I had bone cancer and one of the chemo drugs gave me heart failure. At 39 years old, I had a heart transplant. 4 months after my transplant, I discovered I had breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy, then weeks later and just 2 days before my 41st birthday, my … Continue reading A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers