I am happy to say that I have enjoyed April and National Donate Life Month sharing the word about the importance of organ donation and registration. It has been 6 happy years since my heart transplant, thanks to an anonymous donor that gave the gift of a lifetime.
Another year on the books means it's time to make the annual trek to the transplant center for a visit with the vampire (blood work), talk with the mechanics (doctors) and have a tune up on the new engine (angiogram).
Though my family is forever grateful for the second chance I have had at life, it doesn't come cheap. The ever increasing costs of medications and the annual cost of about $30k for an angiogram can put some financial stress on a family. We are grateful to those that have been gracious enough to support our family by making even the smallest of deductions. They help us out by making it financially possible to make my medical trips and in return, Help Hope Live is a 501(c)3 organization, making your donations tax deductible.
Mar 05, 2014
It's that time of year again. I will be traveling back to Los Angeles to have my annual angiogram and check up with my transplant team at Cedars Sinai to make sure that all is well with this wonderful heart that I have borrowed. I always look forward to seeing the doctors and nurses, but there is always a little anxiety about the procedures and results. Crossing my fingers that this report will be as excellent as the last.
Apr 07, 2011
Transplanted!!!!! I got the call; and the second chance at life. On March 14, 2011 I was admitted to Cedars-Sinai for 10 days, undergoing plasmaphoresis and chemotherapy; trying to...
Mar 23, 2011
Transferred to Cedars-Sinai Transplant waiting time has been transferred to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. I began this transplant journey with a wonderful medical staff at UT Southwestern in...
Dec 23, 2010
Upcoming Hospital Admission Well, I have been given a lot of dates of the past year and a half, but I think this will be the most significant one. I will be admitted to a lengthy...
Dec 23, 2010
Office Visit So, I traveled back to Dallas on December 13th for a visit with Dr. Patel. I was VERY relieved that he has allowed me to return home until after the holiday. Everything is going as...
Nov 02, 2010
A Day to Travel
Well, tomorrow is another travel day. Steve and I are off to Dallas for a visit to the transplant team. This is the first time that I have been nervous going to the...