January 20th is right around the corner


This is only my thoughts on our president.   On January 20th, the United States of America with have a new President,  Mr. Donald Trump. Is it time for a change, absolutely.  Our country is in…

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January 20th is right around the corner


This is only my thoughts on our president.

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On January 20th, the United States of America with have a new President,  Mr. Donald Trump.

Is it time for a change, absolutely.  Our country is in so much trouble.  It is so separated like never before.  We are all americans.  Is it because of this one man, Mr. Obama, no but I believe it was his leadership that had people believing in what is not doable.

In America we have an election to vote for our president.  Well, we had the election and America spoke we voted for Mr. Donald Trump as our president.  Mr Obama had eight years.  People like change, new set of eyes lets just say.

As an american, I voted as did everyone that wanted a say in the vote.  When I hear people, OK celebrities say they are going to move to Canada because they do not like the way the election came out, I am embarrassed.  Because they did not get their way……  Ok america, do you agree with me when I say the salaries they are payed is so outrageous, a regular american will never see that kind of money in their lives it’s ridicules.  They should be blessed, they live in america.  Land of the free, land of the american dream.

As a american we need to stand beside out president elect, even if this is not the person you voted for.  The election is over, our President of the United States of America is President Donald Trump.  

          IT’S TIME OUR COUNTRY COMES TOGETHER

      Our country is in so much trouble, as the quote states:

“LET MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”

Let’s all come together, it shouldn’t matter if you are a republican or demarcate, black or white or any other nationality, we are all americans. Time we start to act like that.

I would like everyone who reads this to pass it along please, lets all come together again.

After you read this please hit the like button on the bottom, even if you don’t like what I wrote.  This is a way I can see how many people really read my article.  

Thank you very much, just felt like I needed to get this out there.

Lynne Robitaille

Organ Donation Advocate

3 years ago today


December 29, 2013.  A day I will never forget as long as I live.

I am about to write this post because:

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It was around 10:00 a.m., Sunday morning when my phone started to ring.  I glanced at the number calling it was area code 617.  Boston Massachusetts.  I started to shake, I answered the phone and on the other end was our Dr. from Boston.  He said to me very calmly “Lynne, yes this is Dr. Steward and yes we have a heart for Lauren.”

Well, it has been 3 years now, and I can report that Lauren is doing great.  Just had her yearly biopsy, no rejection and all blood work looks great also.

I cannot say how grateful we are to the hospital and all the doctors and nurses that gave me my daughter back.   Also most importantly we cannot say “THANK YOU ” enough to the family that is Lauren’s donor.  We realize that someone must die when you are waiting on the heart transplant list. That was the hardest thing we had to overcome to make our dream come true.

To this day we have not found out who was Lauren’s donor.  We have written our letter but no response.  That is their choice and we respect that.

As I am sitting here writing this my mind is taking me back to that day.  Flashes of the hospital keep going through my mind.  I will never forget right before they took Lauren into surgery.  I sat there looking at her and watching her.  Wondering what in the world is going on in her head.  I was scared, I need to be able to say this, “was this the last time I would be able to see or talk with her.  Will I ever be able to give her just one more hug”?

Well, we all know how it turned out.  I can only hope our story has helped others in making that decision to become an organ donor.  If not please consider it.

Because someone did, I have my Lauren today

My daughter’s new heart took it’s first beat at 12:15 a.m. on December 30, 2013.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN

Lynne

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Obstacles & Emotions


It has been quite awhile since I have written on my site.  Our lives have been very busy over the summer.  Ok, who’s life isn’t busy.  It’s just been priorities and really no time to put thoughts together.

I have been dealing with a lot of emotional thoughts and dilemma’s.  How to handle certain obstacles and emotions in personal situations.  In the last months, emotions have been happy, sad and hurt .  

Since being home from the hospital after my daughter had her heart transplant, it has been 2 years  4 months.  Memories are still strong, but I have been working to ease my thoughts.  It’s not easy, but life needs to move forward.  I have  wonderful support from my family being my husband, my son and daughter and my daughter-in-law.  Also I cannot forget my wonderful friends.

Some people I have found just don’t get the emotional trauma someone endures when being in a stressful environment for a lengthly period of time.  The most hurtful thing I have been told was “get over it, move on”.  Some people think I just keep dwelling on the past.  I sit there and cry inside and say to myself  “for one day try to put yourself in my shoes during that time”.  Trust me I do not want sympathy just understanding.

When someone wants to talk this quote says it all:

“The major dilemma is that we tend to listen to reply, while all we should do is: listen to understand and feel.”

Everyone has major dilemma’s in their own lives, let’s try to listen to understand instead of passing judgement.

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Off to Boston Today…..


Today Lauren and I are back in the car to head to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Lauren is having surgery on the back of her head to shrink the bald spot from a pressure sore, that resulted when she was in the hospital in a coma.  Her plastic surgeon feels that he can tighten the skin in the area.  This is a day trip. (fingers crossed).  This is still one of the many complications that Lauren experienced during her heart transplant journey.

On the road again, thank the lord it is now raining.  It seems all the time we have to go to Boston it is raining.  Beautiful day here.  I am thinking positive.  Lauren and I can spend the day together, and we will be driving back home before we know it.  This should be Lauren’s last surgery.  I told her no more.

For anyone who is reading this, when a loved one is in the hospital on life support, do not assume that the hospital is moving the patient.  Lauren’s head was never moved, which resulted in a very severe pressure sore on the back of her head.  I need to add ,this did not happen at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  It was a hospital that she was transferred to for a different surgery before the heart transplant.  The things I have learned while living in the hospital with Lauren.

Wish us Luck

Lynne & Lauren

“On The List” a must read


I came across a wonderful book written by Lori D. Brackney.  Lori received her gift of life, a new heart in 2013.

Lori Brackney’s story is about her courageous journey through heart transplantation and organ rejection.

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When I came across this book and her story I could not believe, here is a young lady that has almost the same story as my daughter Lauren.  They are about the same age, and lived the same life in the same year.  Our stories are little different, but in generality the same.

Lauren reached out to Lori, and now they talk all the time.  Lori lives in Oregon.  It is our goal one day to be able to meet.

I am still in the process of completing my book about our journey (hopefully soon), but in the mean time, here is a wonderful book  about Lori’s story.

Click the link below to be able to purchase your copy:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A9U7S0K/ref=s9_simh_gw_g351_i1_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-6&pf_rd_r=0BDQH63FFN6SH28VWB6A&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2437869542&pf_rd_i=desktop

I feel very honored, to have a signed copy. Thank you Lori.

Please purchase yours, you will be mesmerized reading how courageous this young lady is and the strength she has.

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