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No


Where did you hear about Transplant Friends?

Google


Are You Male or Female?

Female


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

Viral Cardiomyopathy


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

Heart


Drugs, vitamins, favorite foods

Prograf, Celcept, Prednisone, Vitamin B12 Injections, Glipizide, Warfarin,Clonazepam, Levothyroxine,Pantoprazole,Pravastatin, Favorite Foods: My diet is so restricted that I am denied my favorite foods but if I could I would drink milkshakes and eat snickers and french fries and hamburgers. However,I also like just plain good old fashioned food as well such as fried chicken and pastas (well the pasta is not the best food for me as I am diabetic).


How many years have you had your Transplant for?

I have been transplanted 18 years on August 28, 1995.


I am Interested in Transplant Friends because...

I am traveling a pretty rough road at this time and it's not fun to travel it alone. There's nothing like an understanding and sincere interested ear to listen. Also, I would love to help everyone that I can through this long journey that I have walked. I feel that I have a great deal of experience that I can share. And! I am full of gratitude and love for the miracle of transplant. I need a friend and I hope to be a friend.


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

Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.


Share how your transplant experience changed your life?

Whoa hard question to do justice to! I feel that I was in the prime of my life doing what I had always wanted to do and in one simple moment it was if I was crossing the road enjoying life and a huge truck came along and mowed me down. I was a CASA for abused children a job I loved so much. My days were spent in court doing my best to protect those who were helpless to protect themselves. I caught a viral flu bug at work - two months later I went into total heart failure. I spent nearly five months in the hospital waiting. Toward the end of my wait my heart capacity had dropped to 11% and I was very close to being taken off the transplant list. But the miracle came. My transplant was very successful. But! Life changed totally. I hope that I have been worthy of this treasured gift. I have certainly changed in many ways - I hope that I am a better person - a more loving and giving person. My faith has grown to a greater depth than I could have ever expected. Many people have come into my life that have needed guidance, nurturing and love. I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to be an instrument in God's hands to truly give all that I have to give. I have tried to be an inspiration to all that I meet. I am stronger and feel keenly my responsibilities to live a good and decent life. I "know" that we transplant individuals can make it no matter how hard our journey becomes. I stand forever grateful for the additional years that I have been blessed with and so many wonderful family experiences that would not have been: Graduations, weddings, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all that comes with love of family. Thank you for allowing me to share this long epistle. Isn't life just wonderful!


Share whatever information you want us to know about you

I am seventy-six years old and have the privilege of being mother to eight children. I have so many grandchildren and great grandchildren that I have lost count. My truly wonderful husband has stood by my side and is my rock - how thankful I am for him. Throughout my adult years I have worked with youth in one way or the other. We have been foster parents to juvenile delinquents, hosted nine exchange students from various parts of the world. I had the privilege of serving as a Field Coordinator and Counselor for over 200 hundred young men and women that came from from all over the world. Sometimes I had up to twenty students in our home as they need help to adjust to our ways. I served in our church youth program for many years. You can tell by now that I like young people. This might surprise you but I sincerely love troubled youth. They need love so much - the more unlovable the more love they need. We have been able this past couple of years to bring into our home a granddaughter and help her to become sober and drug free. I also worked with handicapped children - these angels are pure and it was such a rewarding time in my life. Presently we have a King Charles Cavalier, Tanner, whom we love as much as we love our children. When life is a bit hard, Tanner seems to sense that I need nurturing, and he will just lay beside me as close as he can. We live a very quiet life as we now enter the twilight years. We still live in our own home. My husband is more robust than I am. But I do my best to help with the garden and all that keeping a home up entails. We attend church each Sunday and enjoy the fellowship and support of our friends. I think we are one of the oldest couples in our ward.


Share your interests and hobbies

I love to read - I certainly love my Kindle. There is nothing more wonderful to me than to sit and read a great book and listen to beautiful music. I write and am in the process of writing my life story. I am just a normal female who loves to shop and spend money (not lots just a little here and there). I do not like to cook that is probably because I am so limited in what I can eat. My great dream would be to be able to hire a cook!


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

Post Falls, Idaho USA


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  •      Happy Birthday Yvonne !

  • Happy Birthday Yvonne

    I hope you are feeling much better :)

  • Thanks for your message.  I did ask about the Prograf.  I am still finding out about these meds I am on which is why I asked.  Have a good one

  • Yvonne:  I'm glad you are doing so well.  Good luck with your annual! Did the Prograf have anything to do with eliminating the plaque or was the cyclosporine part of it?  I heard the medical people talk about cyclosporine when I was in the hospital but I don't know if I ever received it or not right after my transplant.  I have been on prograf since I left the hospital.  Let me know how everything goes with your annual.

  • Hi Yvonne.  It is so encouraging to hear that you are 18 years out.  I am just starting here and was looking around and noticed you had a discussion with a gentleman who was 28 years out.  I couldn't help but read the entire message after I saw the beginning where he said he had taken cyclosporine 28 years.  Thanks for contacting me.  I am going to enjoy talking with other folks who have had a transplant

  • Thank you for your kind words. I hope you and your doctor can work something out concerning treating the osteoporosis. Please do not feel as though what you are going through is any less significant because of what I am enduring. If it affects you, it is important regardless of what is in my life. You should feel free to vent if you want. It is good to have some form of release. I do not mind listening. I appreciate how supportive others have been in my little matters and in the larger events. I am glad you also have a pet companion to accompany you on life's journey. Pets become like family, and they can just give such love that it continually amazes and uplifts me. Many hugs.

  • Thanks for answering me back, Yvonne!  As supportive as my family has been, it's great to talk to people who have experienced it themselves.  Yes, my husband and sons are tall, but I was used to being the shortone in my family - My Dad is 6'5, my six brothers run the gamut from 6'2 (two of them), to 6'3 (two of them), to 6'4 (two of them).  My Mama, bless her heart, has been gone for seven years, but she was 5'7.  I grew up thinking women were always shorter than men, so my husband and sons were no surprise to me. I was the only one of my family who developed diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is not hereditary (Type 2 is)..  I think women are stronger than men when it comes to this - the Lord knew I could deal and handle it, and I have.  I am so grateful to be able to see both my boys become Daddy's, and to be here to enjoy my grandchildren.  Life is good!

  • Dear Yvonne,

    I saw you mentioned in a post that you had a bad reaction to Reclast. I am sorry to hear this. I have been receiving Reclast infusions for osteoporosis for several years. I am getting the Reclast because of the concern with taking the pills and my acid reflux trouble. I do not know if you would be eligible for it or not, but I do know of someone who got osteoporosis medication in the form of injections. It was called Forteo and it did help her although I know that each person reacts differently to each medication. I just wanted to mention it in case it might be an option for you. I feel for you as I worry about my bone strength and if they will hold up as I need them. I am sorry this is one more concern you have to worry about. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope an acceptable option can be found for you. May you soon feel better. Many hugs.

  • Hi Yvonne,  Thanks for what you said about my dear son, Drew.  I definately feel he saved my life, and there was never any question that he wanted to do it.  He's only 27, but he has always been so supportive of me.  I am lucky enough to have six brothers and a nephew who were tested.  They were all B's, and I am an A.  Lucky for me Drew and his younger brother, my son Matt, were both A's.  My husband Kevin, is an O.  Lucky for me, Drew was a perfect match.  Drew is 6'5, my husband Kevin is 6'6, and my son Matt is 6'10!  (I took after my Mother, and I am 5'8)  When I saw the Dr. after my transplant, he said my kidneys looked like raisons,but Drew's kidney was so large he was afraid it wouldn't fit! (It did)  The doctor said my kidneys were obviously like a Volkswagon, but my son's kidney was like a Rolls Royce!! That was 3 years ago in July, and I am doing great.

  • I look forward to reading your story Yvonne.

    Please email me at transplantbuddies@gmail.com so I can add your story.

    Thank you so much!

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