Kristen (Larochelle) Rousseau was born with the life threatening disease, Cystic Fibrosis. Over time, the lungs weaken from years of fighting infections, leaving patients with minimal lung capacity and transplant as the only option. In November 2018, Kristen received her double lung transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She and her husband James spent 113 days in the hospital away from home. Kristen is now home living life to the fullest and it is all possible because one very selfless person decided to become an organ donor. Although the ‘hard part’ is over life will still consist of regular trips from ME to MA for follow up appointments. This campaign is to assist in relieving some of the financial burden associated as the out-pocket-expenses can add up quickly. Your contribution will go towards medical expenses not covered by insurance, temporary housing, meals and travel expenses for back and forth trips to Boston.
Kristen has chosen to fundraise with Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live provides both tax-deductibility to the full extent of the law and fiscal accountability to her contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses.
March 10, 2018
Upon being listed for transplant, I do not sit here in discouragement but rather in joy, in gratitude, in excitement; in awe of God for this opportunity and what He will do.
What if God is most glorified through the journey of hardship?
“A thorn was given to me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’ therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Co 12:7b-9 ESV).
Think about that for a minute: He is glorified in our weaknesses yet we seek out ease and comfort, striving to be esteemed as “having it all together”. Let us ask ourselves this simple question: are we glorifying self or God? As we cease self-reliance and self-glorification, we open the door to letting Him shine through us!
“So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith —this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God is doomed to failure” (Galatians 3:9-10a MSG).
There is a common theme here: our weaknesses, our struggles, our hurts, keep us humble and reliant on Our God. Thank the Lord for keeping me dependent on Him. “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36 ESV).