I'm scared, but I'm also ready to fight this cancer.
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.
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.
I share with you my thoughts about organ donation and my experience as a heart transplant Recipient, because I believe communication can be beneficial, but I also know that this is a very sensitive topic and taboo.
Of course my new tattoo would get infected. It's my first tattoo ever. I'm 41 years old and finally a rebel, well sort of. I'm immunosupressed, so usually tattoos are forbidden in the post Heart Transplant patient. But since they are 3D nipple tattoos to finish my reconstruction after a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer, … Continue reading Tattoo’s & Transplant: Taboo!☠️
I woke up to doctors and nurses hanging over me, telling me I had dislocated my shoulder and then mercifully I heard, "push Ativan," and my light went back out. The night before the US elections, in which Donald J Trump became President, I had a Grand Mal Seizure. I never had a seizure in … Continue reading My Election Seizure of 2016
When I first heard that I might need a transplant, I was in disbelief. It was a trip-the-light-fantastic thought... in my mind other people, sick people, dying people got transplants, not me. I pushed transplant out of my mind and continued on with life. I don’t even remember when or where I was, when I … Continue reading Learning I needed a Heart Transplant…
After my heart transplant, I was in a medically induced coma for 4 days. I had dreams and even a conversation a full 24 hours before I woke up. Read more about my experience on life support. Please know this may be triggoring and this post contains graphic imagery.