5-Year Post Transplant Anniversary Celebration!

Organ Donation Saved My Husband's LifeThis week we celebrated my husband’s 5th Transplant Anniversary. It is amazing that after 5 years he has not had one bit of rejection from his perfect miracle lungs.

We had heard so many stories going into the bilateral organ transplant that we didn’t know what to expect in the end. My wonderful husband had a theory – yes, he was trading one disease for another (having to take countless medications) – however, his belief was that his newly donated lungs were to get him through until scientists can grow him his own set of lungs with the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) gene removed.

Many doctors scoffed at this theory but my husband lives by it. Every day he thanks his organ donor and the family of his angel while remembering the end results – to use these lungs as a bridge to his own genetically perfect lungs.

Many wonder why he doesn’t just live believing that these lungs will see him through to the end of his long life. Well, there is no set time on when you are called back to heaven so why put a shorter lifespan in the equation if you don’t have to? I mean, the doctors tell us that the average life expectancy for a double lung transplant recipient is 11 years… why put a limit on a miracle? He has already proven doctors wrong countless times before when they thought he would not make it – why listen to them now?

There is no expiration date stamped neither on our bodies nor on the miracle organs donated to save so many lives. If God didn’t put an expiration date, then why should we?

We are ever so grateful and thankful to my husband’s miracle angel from Detroit, Michigan and pray for him and his family every day. May God grant you peace, strength and wisdom every day!

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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