Hello, my name is Joanie and I want tell you about my Dad, Terry Cobb. My Dad is an amazing man who has always been there for me no matter what the issue was or how far away from me he was. About a year ago, we were told that he was sick; really sick. My Dad was in Stage Four kidney failure from years of misdiagnosed high blood pressure. Doctors said that only way for him to survive was a kidney transplant.
April 26, 2016
Okay. Leave it to Autocorrect to incorrectly or unnecessarily correct something.
In my latest update, I signed off as "Terry's wife and Joanie's mother". Autocorrect decided to change my daughter's name to "Juanita". No, her name is Joanie, not Juanita. Sorry about that...
April 26, 2016
Hello, Everyone! Here is the latest update on my husband, Terry.
He is now one month post-transplant and is home beginning his healing path toward a "new normal" life. The staples are out, his scar is healing beautifully, and he's walking farther every day with no mobility assistance. Needless to say, especially to you pet parents out there, both of his four-legged canine children are thrilled that Daddy is home all day and can play fetch with them again. I'm trying to figure out how I'll explain it to them when he's finally well enough to go back to work again. It's a "problem" well worth having, believe me!
He and his donor daughter, Joanie, speak every day. She spent about a week at home recuperating right after surgery, but went back to work right after that. She works in an office, so she is able to sit behind her desk most of the day which helps immensely. Personally, while I am well aware of who my daughter is as an independent adult and am always proud of her daily as she lives her life as a single mother of two teenaged boys, it never ceases to amaze me, or her father for that matter, whenever I hear her say to people who question her decision to donate, "I'd do it all over again tomorrow if my dad needed me to. I'll never regret my decision." What a special person she is ... both she and her dad are.
If there is anyone out there who may be considering either becoming a living donor or accepting an organ from a living donor, please give it a chance. Believe me, being the mother of a living donor and the wife of the donors recipient, I can tell you that yes, it is a nerve-wracking experience, but it is also unbelievably satisfying to know that two people you love more than life itself will now have a chance at normalcy. Yes, sometimes things go wrong, but much more often, things go incredibly right. Just like this.
I'll continue to post updates as Terry's healing progresses. As always, thanks to all of you who offer up prayers, good thoughts, and yes, even funds to continue to help us on our way. We offer to each and every one of you our never ending gratitude.
Terry's wife and
March 23, 2016
Thinking of you all and praying everything is a great success! Please keep us updated. Love to you all.
Carrie, Owen, & Chelsea