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6 Year Anniversary !

   6 years today ...  Where has the time gone ..   spent a few days visiting people at my tx cntr after my yearly tests for the day were over ,  Hopefully I was abled to give some sound advice ,  this visit was tuff for me , as there is a couple of young people who are waiting for  Hearts  , and have almost given up  ...  after chatting with a nurse who has become a very good friend , we took the 2 young peeps outside for  ice cream .  and to get them out side for a bit just to enjoy the sunny comfortable day we were having ..  Hopefully  getting outside for some fresh air helps them mentally ..   After my visit with my txplnt team  and getting the good news that everything is Awesome ,  get a Question from one of the nurses ... what are you doing differently from the rest of our txplntees ?    Guess I am one of the healthier stable patient they  have ...    My reply was ....  Well  I guess I just Live Life ..    She looks at me like I didn't give her the answer she was looking for    ....  so I say  ... Why would anyone go through this process  if their just going to sit and be a couch potato ?  I have been givin a second chance ... and I going to take it as far as I can  ...    I have walked in a couple of Heart Walks this year .   I was asked to get up a say a few words after the last walk I was in was over ... I thanked everyone for what they were out here  for  and   I was urged to let them all know that I was a couple of weeks away from my 6 year transplant   ,  which seemed to give people validation  that they were doing the right thing . Organ Donor Awareness peeps were on hand and Seem to get a lot of people signing up to be an Organ Donor ,   I have 2 golf      Capt and Crew Tournaments     this year that are both for the heart asso:  and Organ Donor Awareness

  Here's to an Awesome safe and Healthy Summer , I wish all the best to all Transplant Friends , 

  

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5 Years Today !

Today I start year 5 of my Heart transplant , I sat this morning just thinking of the last 5 years ,  the liltle things . the important things , and the DUMB things ,  Thought about how 1 person un-selfishly gave the greatest gift anyone could ever do ..  give several people the chance to continue to Live Life ...   Sat and prayed and hope that my donors Family were able to find the strength and inner peace to continue through thier journey in life without thier loved one lost ,    Then I thought bout the last 2 weeks in particular ,  fri, thru  sunday I fish in a Trout and Salmon fishing tourney  which  my Boat won ,  Monday june 1st  played golf in a Capt and Crew golf tourney ..frist annual transplant tourney at a kidnet txplnt cntr in my home town where my team won,  we came in at 15 under par .. Fri and sat , june 5 - 6th Bowled in a tourney where I rolled my 10 th 300  and my partner and I won the 2 day event ,   June 8th  to my txplnt cntr  for my yearly testing, after test were done met with my txplnt team   as they sat  I guess in awe  is the only word I can use to explain thier emotions ,  all blood work  all tests except thyroid { which was a bit high} were all normal  or better then normal ...    1 nurse asks ....  what are you doing differantly then the rest of the txplnt patients we see ?      I guess thier looking to see if there are similar things am doing as with all thier other successfull txplnt patients ...    I  sat for a second and thought ... hmmmmmm ...    I guess in 2 words     I    LIVE LIFE      ...  I have my moments where I over do it  { all the time  LOL }    eat the second slice of pizza or have that last chicken wing ,  a second glass of wine  ,  Drive my girl friend and my family crazy  !!!    I am so very greatfull of the second chance that I and So many of us here  have recived  ..  that I will continue to    LIVE LIFE      my wish on this so awesome day is ,  who ever chooses to read this blog..   I pray that you also grab life by the coat tails  and live it or make as much of it as you can , because the alternitive ..   well  is just  unexceptable ....   Have a great day everyone !

                                                                                                                                             David

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4 year Anniversary !

 Today is the start of Year 4 of my Heart Tx ,  It's been a humbling experience to say the least , To get a second chance at life is truly awesome ! I have tried to do as much as possible , I fish 5 or so days a week , play golf a few times a week bowl twice a week , hunt every chance I get during Deer season , I have started riding a mountain bike a lot this past year, just trying to change up exercising routines so not to get into the same muscle routine , I have re worked my Veggie garden to give vegetables the best chance to grow , I try and get to my local hospital once a month , just to chat with people going through the tx process , Monday I go to my TX CNTR , after tests are done ,  going to spend the rest of day up on the Heart Floor , the floor is full so looks like I will be busy chatting ,  Here is to Year 4  , Hoping to stay in the best of health ! 

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3 years today !

 Today is my 3rd year heart tx  anniversary , WoW  seems like it was just yesterday , where have these past 3 years gone.   Yesterday I went to my tx cntr spent good part of the day talking with people going through the transplant proccess and with some who may have to,  It was an awesome feeling being able to tell my story  and give some hope that  yes this tx stuff does work ..   Had lunch  with 6 nurses for about 6 years kept me going till I was able to txplnt,  I was asked what do I plan to do over the next year ..  Good question ..  Guess I am just going to continue to do everything I can,  I have dinner plans with friends tonight, and we are going to meet up with a bunch of people who used to work for me.  So I am going to continue live life to the fullest of my abillities !! 

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2 nd Year Heart Tx Anniversary

 Hey everyone.. Yesterday was my 2 year Anniversary of my tx, Spent good part of the day at my Txplnt center where this all started for me, Frist the LVAD heart pump, then to Cleveland where I actualy Tx. It's Amazing how  1 person can Relate and Shed a ray of hope to people who are going or about to start going through most of what I have and most of us here has gone through. It was nice to brighten the day for the hospital staff who for a few years kept me as healthy as possible untill my time came to TX. Amazed how 1 true success story, makes thier jobs seem all that more worthy that they helped get me to my miracle, Had dinner with some close friends remimissing  about the past , all the bad times and the good times and just how Healthy I actually am..   I am truly Blessed and Humbled ..

                                                           David

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Positive Little Story !

 Greetings Everyone !

  Just thought I would write about all the good I have been through since I txplntd.   It's 19 months today since I received my miracle, I tx june 14th, 2010 . What a day that was receiving the phone call ! it was even more AMAZING when I woke up an just could tell everything was going to be ok again .. Each day after waking more and more strength was coming back , around day 10 I was walking long hallways a few times a day, Wondering how could this all be coming back so rapidly, At that point I convienced myself everything is going to be ok..  November of 2010 after months of exercising I started to Bowl again, winter of 2010 I actually picked up a snow shovel and shoveled the driveway ! Spring of 2011 I started to play golf again , bike riding,planted a veggie garden ,fishing, long walks , june of 2011 I had my first year check up, Wonderfull check up ! Fall of 2011 I picked up the gun and went deer hunting, life is GREAT !!  never thought it could or would get better, well last week after Heart biopsy, got results another great biopsy !  My Doctor tells me that were going to test for rejection by blood testing. Hopefully no more Biopsy's. which I was told in the begininng would not stop until year 5 of tx. Well 19 months later and in March I get the first blood rejection test. WOW was all I could say, So I am looking forward to new surprises, But if for some reason theres a small bump in the road along the way, thats ok to .. So my birthday wish is for everyone to try and eat right, exercise, and just plain  have fun !!

                        David 

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