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
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 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.
I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some patterns in my writing, some secrets about writing about death, dying and surviving.
This is my first public speaking event about my heart transplant. I talked about my journey and the need for people to register as organ donors.
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 ♡ 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!"
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…
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.
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…🕊❤🇺🇸
I was called rude for checking my blood sugar and giving myself pen injections at the dinner table.
As a heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor, I have experienced intense physical pain and prolonged mental anguish. I have a few tricks I use to endure pain and I will share them with you. I hope it brings you some measure of relief.