I’m Gary. I could use your help.
To all my friends throughout the years, family, and their friends. I have been struggling with liver disease for some years and in July 2020 it came to a critical point. On July 1, I experienced a blood clot that began the process of acute liver failure and have been in the hospital since then. In the urgency of the immediate need for a new liver in order to survive, I was transferred via Care Flight to the University of Utah transplant center for evaluation. I was selected on a Monday to be a recipient of a liver transplant and on August 7, the same week, received the new liver! The transplant team is quite pleased with the results and expects a complete recovery!
October 20, 2020
It's a Matter of Perspective: A Birthday Insight
Today, my birthday, causes me to reflect. 2020, a year filled with such perplexing themes with Covid-19 and an election that we have never experienced in our lifetime. I also am aware of many who have experienced such tragedy in their personal stories as well...
As a spiritual man, I believe that God is present in each of our stories, our country and the world. Living in that belief allows me to view 2020 as a blessing in knowing that I am not in control, rather our Higher Power is. This will be a year I will never forget, albeit perhaps one of the most difficult years of my life as I have been given the gift of life in a liver transplant. Someone lost their life and a family is grieving in the loss of their loved one to provide a liver and extend my years.
It's my hope and prayers for the donor's family and for you that there is the ability to see God's hand of majesty at work--even in the midst of loss. Living in this perspective gives me purpose and gratitude for life.
October 15, 2020
Introduction of Sandy (my person)
I've been remiss in not introducing you all to Sandy. Earlier this summer we became engaged! I am thankful to her for standing by me as she endured my health crisis and also the extended support from her family. I feel blessed by God that she has been my person including being my primary caregiver (along with my brother Terry) during my extended stay in Utah while I was receiving treatment for the liver transplant.
This has been quite the unexpected ride for Sandy as in many ways I have turned her life upside down. She has modeled and lived out love, commitment and patience in the midst of my acute illness. I have been understanding and experiencing intimacy in a more profound way than I have ever known.
Sandy, words could never express all the emotions I have inside me in our walk together the past year plus. Simply stated, I love you.
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October 13, 2020
I will forever remember all of the wonderful help you have provided to me over the years.
Prayers for healing for you.
October 12, 2020
Mike and I are forever grateful for the work you did with us early in our marriage. We continue to "pay it forward" with other couples by sharing the great info, tools, and resources you shared. Prayers for your recovery and financial stability.
October 6, 2020
Gary, sending many prayers for continued healing. You are an inspiration to me, and many others. I admire your positive attitude through all of this. Blessings to you.