The Gift of Life – I am a Transplant Recipient
I have PKD – Polycystic Kidney Disease. I received my Gift on Christmas Day 2013.
After my Transplant I mailed a letter to my Donor’s Family through the Gift of Life Program. Today it is 4 years 3 months since my transplant.
Here is my letter to the donor…
I want to Thank You for your precious gift, ‘The Gift of Life’, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
I pray for your family for their loss, and for the Love and Care in honoring your wish to give the gift of Life. Even though you are no longer in the physical world with them, I pray you will always be with them in spirit and in memories of all the good times. I pray the end was easy.
I know not what faith base you are, but for me and my family this will always be the best Christmas ever. You have returned Life to me. After languishing for over five years you have restored to me many things…
As a Mother of four daughters, and five grandchildren, I can now resume my proper place in the family. I will now, once again, be able to tend to them, instead of them always having to worry about and take care of me.
For over 25 year I was a Girl Scout Leader of troops, a volunteer facilitating large council events, and a volunteer at summer resident camp. I was also a Boy Scout facilitating large unit events and a badge counselor (Boat and Water Safety, Kayaking, and Reptiles & Amphibians). I hope I will be able to resume some of these scouting activities. I will not be able to work directly with the kids due to my compromised immune system, but I hope to find a way.
Once again I will be able to be active in my community and church, maybe I will be able to sing once again in the choir.
So as you see Dear Donor, I have much to be Thankful for, thanks to you and your precious Gift. You will be in my thoughts and prays forever.
I am humbled and I thank you.
This note was included on the back of my 2014 Christmas Card. (above)
A Personal Note & Request:
You all know that I spent 2012 and 2013 going in and out the Hospital.
This past Christmas 2013, I received the ‘The Gift of Life’, for me and my family it was the best Christmas ever. Returning Life to me, after languishing for over 5 years on dialysis. For 4 months, Dec 2012 to March 2013, I was literally dying.
This Christmas Day, I ask you to Light a Candle for my Donor Bill and his family. Please keep them in your prayers, it is so hard to lose someone on Christmas Day.
Because of their Gift, I can once again become active.
I received not ONE, but TWO Kidneys (unheard of). Thanks to all of YOU for your Good Thoughts & Prayers.
Love from Our House to Yours
I have so much to look forward to and to be Thankful for.
Every Christmas since, we ask the same… Light a Candle for Bill and his Family.
Please sign up to be an Organ Donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.
Thanks for stopping by,
I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle