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It’s Going to be OK

I have a rare lung disease Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, which was caused by my pet parrot and environmental mold. My only option is a lung transplant. So, even though this is extremely uncomfortable for me, I would like to ask you to help in fundraising for my out of pocket expenses. While my company’s insurance is very good (shout out to Nitto Denko!) given the major surgery, plus life time anti-rejection medications, and other medical requirements, there will be a large portion of expenses’ not covered.

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March 14, 2021

March 14, 2021

This message is from Monica “Paige”, with an update from Jacki below.

As many of you know, Jacki was matched to a donor and received a successful double lung transplant on January 10th, 2021. She was released 10 days later from the hospital and is home and recovering well.

Jacki has many out-of-pocket expenses that were not expected and I am asking you to consider donating to her Help Hope Live campaign to help offset some of her expenses. The largest expense we need assistance with is the replacement of her entire home carpet with non-carpet flooring per her doctor’s order.

For those of you who have already generously contributed, thank you!

See below for Jacki’s message:

Hi family and friends,

First, I want to thank you all for your beautiful loving support. I was at end stage of life with a very rare lung disease, caused by my pet parrot and environmental mold. There is so much to tell. It was scary and then an incredible experience. I received two healthy lungs which were transplanted 01/10/21 and then left the hospital (without oxygen!) on 01/20/21.

Will you all please send prayers to the donor’s family? They gave me the gift of life. I will honor their sacrifice by doing everything the doctors tell me to do and stay healthy. By the way, I also took on the donors peanut allergy which I thought was very sweet and I’ll take it, maybe it will even help the family.

My recovery has been swift and the doctors are extremely happy with that. Every day is a new day though. They remind me that Lung Transplantation is not a cure it’s another long journey. I’ll be on anti-rejection medicine for life, right now I think I’m taking 28 pills. LOL. That’s not a problem right!

Thank you again for listening to my story and the encouraging and loving best wishes. A special thanks to my 24/7 caregivers, Susan Dorsett my sister and main caregiver, Monica Mason (Paige) my co-caregiver. And to my dear brother-in-law, Rusty Dorsett, who’s been incredible.

Thank you, also to all who have contributed to my Help Hope Live campaign. Your donations will be used to help pay for my out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of my transplant.

With a grateful heart, and lots of love,

Jacki

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March 21, 2021

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. Life is a gift from God, an unlimited series of opportunities to find the good in ourselves and others. There is good in everything, if we are willing to see it. Someone has shared their own precious life with you so that your own life can continue. Hold their love close and cherish your gift.

Ken Lovely

February 20, 2021

Hello Jacki, My name is Ken Lovely. I represent a charity that helps people like you pay their transplant related medical expenses. Last week we lost the founder and president of our foundation. She was also my wife, mother of 3 and grandmother of 7. She was a donor family who also received two separate lung transplants. Through all of her troubles struggling to breathe, somehow she always found the strength to help others with their own transplant issues, both financial and post transplant issues. Her legacy lives on through our foundation; Transplant Alliance Foundation. Please accept this gift. the only thing we ask in return is you honor your donor. Live your life to the fullest and tell your story of how transplantation works. Stay healthy and always remember someone you will never meet said yes to organ donation. We donate on a monthly basis; since you are a lung transplant and that is very near and dear to my family's heart, you can expect more from us. If you would ever like to speak to me about what to expect with a lung transplant from a caregivers perspective your HHL case worker can get you in contact with me. My wife's first single lung transplant was in 2007. In 2015 she received the other lung because of rejection. God Bless you and your donor.

Ken Lovely

January 11, 2021

With hopes for all things to move positively for Jacki.

Teri Sanders

December 13, 2020

Jacki, Loved you as soon as I met you! Such a beautiful soul, happy, go with the flow and fun to be around. You & Moni/Paige rocked it on Selena's cruise! Keep the faith, stay positive and believe in your higher power. '

Stacy Hoover

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