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!
Nov 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.
Jan 31, 2016
This Friday, February 5th, is the celebration of my one year anniversary from receiving my transplants. It has been a very rich and blessed time for me. It has been like stepping back in time to...
Dec 13, 2015
I have just celebrated my 10 month anniversary for my transplants. I am feeling good and looking forward to a very, happy Christmas and a new year ahead. The past two holidays I had been...
Oct 04, 2015
Today is October 4th, and tomorrow will mark 8 months since my transplants. I have been feeling great. I am able to live my life again like I did before any of the illnesses began. I have a new...
Jun 26, 2015
July 5th will mark my 5 month celebration of having transplant surgery. I have to say, I FEEL GREAT! God is so awesome and the world of medicine is so amazing. It was a group effort. The...
May 05, 2015
Today, May 5th, is my three month celebration for receiving new organs. I am feeling amazing! The healing process is ongoing, but everything is functioning as it should be, and there are...
Mar 22, 2015
It has now been a little over six weeks since my transplants. I have been feeling good this whole time and each day is better than the last. I have been able to do more around the house as far as...
Mar 09, 2015
God is great and life is good! Four and a half weeks ago, on Feb. 5th, I had a double transplant of a liver and kidney. I've been home since Feb. 13th..."there's no place like home". Steve and...