A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers

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At 15 years old, I had bone cancer and one of the chemo drugs gave me heart failure. At 39 years old, I had a heart transplant. Four months after my transplant, I discovered I had breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy, then weeks later and just 2 days before my 41st birthday, my … Continue reading A Little About My Journey: Heart Transplant & Cancers

Setbacks After Heart Transplant πŸ™„ & Seeking Joy πŸ’— (Originally Published in November 2016).

I originally wrote this 4 years ago in November 2016 as a Facebook post. Trump had just been elected and I was 9 months post heart transplant and experiencing a series of setbacks: back to living 3 hours away from home, so that I could be near the transplant hospital, healing from a Grand Mal … Continue reading Setbacks After Heart Transplant πŸ™„ & Seeking Joy πŸ’— (Originally Published in November 2016).

How I Survived Quarantine After Heart Transplant…

I've been in quarantine before coronavirus. For the first year after my heart transplant, I wore a mask everywhere I went and was homebound for months. The first 3 months, I even wore a face mask when I was sat outside in the backyard. My immune system is suppressed, so that I won't reject my … Continue reading How I Survived Quarantine After Heart Transplant…

I’m in PAIN from my Cholesterol Medication, no really. πŸ˜Ÿ

I'm statin intolerant (which means, I can't take typical cholesterol medication) because the med causes me debilitating muscle cramps. This side effect happens when people are just starting out on the medication and usually subsides.

The Day I was Officially Listed on the Heart Transplant Wait List β€πŸŒˆπŸ¦„

A 4 year update, since the day I was list on the Heart Transplant Wait List. "As of today at 4:26:05 CST I'm officially on the β™‘ Transplant List! I'm excited because I've given blood, sweat & tears since mid-June to this process, so I'm relieved. I'm also fearful. Mixed emotions-today is a big day. I'm so grateful to you for your ongoing support. I need it!"

When You and Your Mom are Dying at the Same Time…

Warning: This article is about death and dying. If you or your loved one are dealing with death and dying, this article might be triggoring or I hope that it may bring you a sense comfort. While I can't predict how this article will affect you, I can tell you that it has difficult topics … Continue reading When You and Your Mom are Dying at the Same Time…

How I Avoided Death in 10 Steps…β€πŸ™πŸ˜€πŸ€ž

My survival guide of how I overcame bone cancer, then later a heart transplant, breast cancer and the death of my Mum from ovarian cancer all within the same time period. I relied on some strategies to endure this time in my life. May my experience possibly lift your burden in some small way.

Writing about my Mum…πŸ•Šβ€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Two years ago on this day my Mum died at 5:59pm. The time of her death interests me because it's the moment she left this planet. It's now the moment I light my memorial candle and even though she's gone this Jewish ritual (called a yarzheit candle) somehow makes me feel close to her. I've … Continue reading Writing about my Mum…πŸ•Šβ€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ