This is a follow-up post from yesterday’s post.

September 16, 2015 Lauren spoke at the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Breakfast as a guest speaker for Donate Life. It was a packed house. We were both nervous.  Before Lauren became very sick, I had a business called Country Look Designs Gift Baskets.  When I had my business, I was a member of this Chamber,  it was a great way to meet other business people in the area.  I did see some familiar faces,which was very nice.

When Lauren was giving her speech, she mention that she had a PA line in her neck (we called it her leash).  This is Lauren with her PA Line in, before transplant .


This is a post Lauren wrote while waiting for her heart:

 I need to have a “PA line” in my neck with two special medicines helping my heart beat stronger to be considered a 1A top of the list. Well I ended up getting the line in on that Friday and things were looking great until about 10:30 at night. My mom was rubbing my feet trying to relax me so I could fall asleep, then all of a sudden my heart rate started going up. Long story short, the ordeal went on until almost two in the morning. My room was filled with doctors and nurses from the ICU, which one of the doctors tried to jiggle the line. Once he had done that, all hell broke loose. I think there was a kink or something because after that a ton of the medicine released and my heart rate went up to 158. I had the x-ray machine in my room, ekgs done, the whole nine yards. My mom was crying because you could literally see my heart beating through my 101 lb body. All of a sudden my nurse told me they were ready to sedate me… and put the shock stickers on me.. yup, they were ready to jolt my ass! Scary! Instead they ended up pulling the line and for the rest of the weekend I was bumped down to a 1B statis. It was a stressful weekend because we were unsure if I was going to be able to get the “LEASH” back in my neck. I call it a leash as a joke because I only have about a 3 foot radius to walk around with it in… Just imagine being 22 and basically being bed bound for 10 days at a time while all your friends are progressing and having fun with there lives, actually imagine being any age and told you had to deal with this.

This picture was taken a couple of months after transplant.


My daughter Lauren endured every complication that could happen during her recovery.  It was a long road for her, but for the most part she had that pretty smile on her face.  She didn’t want to show me her fear, nor did I. Together we stayed strong, because we were going home someday.

This was the day we left the hospital, after 5 months of recovery.  She never gave up, she still had the trac in and also her feeding tube. But we are going HOME !!!!!!!

When we walked through these doors in March of 2013, never thought we would be walking out May 2014.It was a long road, but I told my daughter we would be walking out together, with what we came for.  Thank you GOD…


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You can only donate your organs if:

You can only donate your organs if:
you express a wish to donate your organs while you are alive, or the person closest to you (next of kin) gives their permissions.

Your organs cannot be removed if you or your next of kin have not given permission.
Organ donations come from people whose death has been confirmed while on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit (donation after brain stem death) or from people whose heart has stopped beating (donation after circulatory death). In some cases, people can donate their organs if they die in a hospital emergency department or are pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Organs can only be removed from someone with consent. You can give consent by indicating that you want to be an organ donor if you die. The best way to do this is by joining the Organ Donor Register, as this makes it easier for medical staff to establish your wishes.
If it isn’t known whether you wanted to donate your organs in the event of your death, the person closest to you will be asked what they think you would have wanted and they can give consent to donation. That is why it is vital to let your family and friends know that you want to be an organ donor.
What is organ donation?

Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant.  The major organs that can be donated include the:
pancreas, eyes and skin.
Organ donation saves thousands of lives, and can also improve the quality of life for many others. Between April 1 2013 and March 31 2014, 3,569 people had their sight restored by donated corneas.


Becoming an organ donor

The Organ Donor Register is a confidential database that contains the names and wishes of people who want to be organ donors. It helps doctors to understand and carry out your wishes.
If you want to be an organ donor, as well as joining the register, it’s important to tell your family so that they are prepared in case anything happens to you. Organ donation will be far easier and comforting for your family to accept if you have already discussed your wishes with them.
Many people gain a great deal of comfort from knowing that the death of a loved one has helped to save the life of another person.
Join the Organ Donor Register

You can also sign up to the  Organ Donor Register when you
fill out a driver’s licence application form online.

Please take a moment to think about this subject.

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Blogging 201 is here

Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals.

Starting this post, I really didn’t have to think that long and hard about why I write my blog. My daughter had a heart transplant on December 30, 2013


  •   Bringing  awareness  and education about organ donation.  

          Fact:  21 people die every day in the United States waiting for organs.  Together we can         lower that number by making that decision to become an organ donor.  We were blessed, Lauren did receive her heart, but unfortunately many will not.

  • To be able to reach out to more people so I can  use my site as a forum for helping promote events,  fundraiser and to  help support different causes.

           To name one  

  • Double my number of followers

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