Connie Hovis is a 59-year-old woman who has suffered from Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) for the last 10 years. This disease not only impacted her liver but also her kidneys, ultimately leading to both a liver and kidney transplant in early February. Connie is one of the kindest and most giving people you’d ever hope to meet and she needs our help. Even with insurance, the cost of one transplant, let alone two can be overwhelming.
Connie grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Great Valley High School. She went on to Millersville University where she studied psychology and met her husband, Steve. They have been married for 39 years and are the proud parents of four children and a grandson. They moved to Brentwood, TN 10 years ago and opened a family business called Nucci’s where Connie was the friendly face behind the counter until her illness forced her to stay at home. Connie eagerly looks forward to returning to good health, playing with her grandson and being active again in her community. Together, Connie and her family are committed to seeing her through this journey back to good health.
May 2, 2017
It’s May 1, 2017 and my kidney/liver transplant was February 5, 2015, so it has been 2 years and 2 months. It was an adjustment for me as well as my family when I started participating in all the activities around the house. They had to re-adjust to not having to help me and also dealing with a “spunky” family member.
A lot has happened during those 2 years. I have become an active participant in life, my life. I have helped take care of my grandson for the past 6 years, but in these years after my transplant we are having alot of fun. I can take him on walks, to the park or pool, hold him and even pick him up if I want. I couldn’t do this before. I am working fulltime with our county school district. I travel to the local schools that need help in the cafeteria. I love my job and the people I work with. It’s a physical job but I am now able to do what is required of me.Being active makes me feel good about myself again. I also became a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I have the opportunity to meet with other women and help them feel good about themselves. It’s fun and rewarding. My social life was very limited when I was so sick, but that has changed now.
I definetly believe that God gave me a second chance on life and I want to live it to the fullest. I appreciate everything that everyone did for me and try to be there for others. I think that this should be something that everyone tries to do. Don’t wait until you have something happen to make changes. Life is precious so live it and love it now!
November 22, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It has been 21 months since my transplants and I am feeling amazing. I am totally enjoying being healthy again after such a long period of time. Let me fill you in on what has been going on in my life. I have been helping care for my grandson, Cameron, since his birth, 6 years ago today. I can now keep up with him and have been enjoying taking to the playground, swimming (in the summer), and actually all over the place. He is such a joy. When he went to all day kindergarten this year I took a job with the school district, working in a high school cafeteria. I did this so I would be on his same schedule and could still watch him while my daughter, Erin, works. I love my job and the people I work with are so much fun. Just within the last 2 weeks I have become a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. They have wonderful products and they are encouraging and supportive of women from all walks of life. They donate to cancer research and charities for prevention of domestic abuse. I actually have a website: www.marykay.com/clhovis, look me up! Any way I am excited about this new opportunity (as you can probably tell).
One thing that I am unfortunately having to face for 2017 is a major insurance change. My insurance company is dropping all market place insurance plans around the 3 major cities in Tennessee. My doctor’s and hospital are in Nashville. I have been dropped and because I have a pre-existing condition, insurance will be even more expensive and I may need to change my medical support group. If you can find it in your heart to donate to help me out, I would appreciate it, if not, please keep me in your prayers.
God is great and life is good. May he bless you and your families this holiday season and the year ahead.
October 26, 2015
Connie, we have been praying for you ever since we knew you were having health issues and were in need of a transplant. We are so thrilled to hear you are healing and experiencing good health! You are a special lady, and we care about you & your sweet family! We hope to see you all soon! ;0)
Stephanie & Adam Nitti
June 14, 2015
Hi Connie - I hope this note finds you continuing to heal and that you are in good spirits. I remember when you were at our reunion 2 years ago I had no idea that you were suffering from such a serious illness. Take care and sending you love and light.
Susan Waite Smith
March 24, 2015
HI Connie, Love hearing how great you are doing. You are an inspiration! Our Prayers are with you for a full recovery. You must get back here to Philly for our next High School reunion!!
March 18, 2015
Connie, All things are possible through Christ. I am reminded of this when I see your beautiful smiling face.