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...
Apr 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.
Julie Cobb Terry's wife and Juanita mother
Mar 30, 2016
To all of you who are following Terry's journey, I apologize for the gap between updates. Here is the latest one. After several days of recuperation, Terry is finally going home today. He is...
Mar 23, 2016
Well, here's the final update for today. Both Terry and Joanie are resting comfortably after a truly miraculous day. To watch a man, a Marine Corps veteran, who has been robust and active all his...
Mar 23, 2016
Joanie's in her hospital room now and, except for some post - surgery nausea, is awake and talking. She is also about two pounds lighter (the average weight of a healthy kidney).
Terry is in...
Mar 23, 2016
Both Terry and Joanie are off to surgery. The doctors are saying about 4 to 5 hours until the transplant is completed. Please continue to pray for us as we begin this nerve wracking but hopeful...
Mar 22, 2016
Well, the day is almost here! Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, both Terry and our daughter/his donor, Joanie, will undergo the lifesaving surgery Terry needs to survive. Joanie has never...
Jan 23, 2016
We now have a date for Terry's transplant -- March 23, 2016. We are all thrilled that now there's a light at the end of this long, scary tunnel. This also means that towering medical expenses are...