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“Do you remember? The 21st night of September…”

I do, and so do my family members and friends, because I got ‘The Call’ on that day. My heart transplant surgery started Sept 21, 2016 and ended after 10 hours of surgery on the 22nd. My donor heart went in on the 22nd. I will celebrate my 3rd re-birthday on September 22nd, 2019!

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January 30, 2019

After 4 years, including 2 open heart surgeries, I have decided to leave Temple University Hospital Advanced Heart and Transplant center and change to Thomas Jefferson’s Transplant Center.
It was not an easy decision, especially since I credit Temple for keeping me alive. However, 4 out of 5 of my doctors have moved on and I thought it was time to make a change as well. I had the opportunity to follow one of my doctors and I started the process earlier this month.
I am grateful for all that Temple did for me and I am looking forward to moving forward in my transplant journey with Jefferson.

January 16, 2019

Here is a video by a wonderful and generous gentleman who is looking to help me with raising money to help with my medical expenses.

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November 21, 2018

They say mind is a terrible thing to waste because the mind is vastly important.... But it's the word heartbreaking that lets us know the profundity of what the heart does and can do....

Loi Le

November 1, 2018

Can't make it down this year. Have an amazing night! And a wonderful, healthy year to come.

Emily Raively

October 17, 2018

Hi Linda I read your piece "the me you don't see" and was touched. I am the mom of an 18 y/o son who is waiting to get on the kidney transplant list. I have been with him every step of his life as he has struggled with what dr's believe is a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy and now as he struggles with end stage renal disease. It IS very difficult for people to understand what you go through and even though I don't know exactly what Stephen is feeling I have an small idea and as his mom I hurt for him in every way. Trivial responses actually hurt more than silence. People don't really know what to say and thus so often what comes out does little to encourage and often just makes us angry or sad. I know that Stephen keeps much to himself as well because he doesn't want me to feel bad or worry even more. But what a heavy burden to carry. I will include you in my prayers tonight. May God bless you Linda! - Melissa (Stephen Lee's mom)


October 22, 2016

Linda, I am so very happy for you, keep on fighting, the world is rooting for you. Keep smiling, your demeanor, attitude and always pleasant personality is a light for all. we wish you the very best !

Neal & Verna Rogove