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Were you a member of our Forum on http://TransplantBuddies.com

Yes


Where did you hear about Transplant Friends?

I heard about it as a member of TransplantBuddies.


Are You Male or Female?

Female


Share - which illness led up to you needing a transplant?

I developed slowly over time digestive dysfunction that started from the esophagus and eventually went down through my intestines. I had GERD diagnosed first, then gastroparesis, or delayed stomach emptying, and pseudo-obstruction of the bowel. I ended up getting all my nutrition from TPN which turned out to be very harsh to my liver, and though efforts delayed it, my liver was being ruined by the TPN.


Which Organ(s) did you receive? If you are on the waiting list, please share.

I received a pancreas, spleen, liver, stomach, small and large intestine in a single multivisceral transplant.


How many years have you had your Transplant for?

I have had my transplant for over seven years as I got it on October 6, 2005.


I am Interested in Transplant Friends because...

I feel it is important to reach out to the transplant community so that I can help others with my experience while I also benefit from hearing the stories and advice of others.


Which Transplant Center has or will perform your life saving surgery?

I had my transplant performed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL.


Share how your transplant experience changed your life?

It has given me a second chance which I am trying to use to reach out to others just as others have been so kind to help me through and encourage me. It has made me appreciate how much value there is in even every day tasks and what others may consider common or small. I look at life with a fresh perspective knowing that I might have died earlier. I believe there can beauty in almost everything and have become more eager to seek it out and hope to nourish it if I can.


What Part of The World Do you Live? Feel free to share city, state, country

Louisvile, Kentucky


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  • Wow you are my inspiration. You truly changed the way I think. Thank you so much. I wish you a healthy future ahead.

  • Thank you for your kind wishes and support.  I have survived on only TPN for 4 1/2 years.  I am unable to eat anything or take medication as my small bowel was completely removed due to GIST cancer. This in itself has been tough.  I have been on the transplant list for 3 organs for about 4 years but my liver MELD score is now in the approaching the mid 30s and I am high on the UNOS list. Up until now the transplant did not seem real, but now the phone call could come or not come at any time. Now I find myself getting anxious and scared.  Wish I could say I was on the other side of all this.

  •  HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU !  May your day be filled with loved ones friends wishs and Cake !!  have a great day ! 

  • Dear Bobbiejo. Thank you so much for thinking of me. Wow, I don't know what to say. Except after viewing your page I will not murmur again concerning my small issues. I'm not sure I have ever known anyone who has gone through as much as you are going through and still you reach out with that sweet smile and good advice. I did have a reaction to the Reclast which means that I most likely will not be able to have another.  I have severe Reflux and am in Stage 3 Kidney disease so the pills are out. I will have to talk to my kidney doctor and see what she says about next year - maybe shots. I love your kitty. I have a little Cavalier Dog - Tanner.  He is beautiful and brings so much love and comfort to me and my husband. Please take care dear girl - you are wonderful. 

  • Hi - Your smile is overwhelmingly inspirational as I browse your pictures and read your profile. Thank you for the message on my pet, take care. 

  • Wow! Just reading and comparing what youve been through against mine. All I can say is youre amazing, god loves you. Praying everything will always be ok.

  • Hi Bobbiejo. I am just reviewing your profile and all I can say is "you are my hero"! You have been through so much and still have a smile on  your face. God bless you!! Gena

     

  • Thinking of you Bobbiejo

     

  • Hi Bobbiejo

    I hope your new treatment is helping you. Just thinking about you and wanted to say hello.

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