Anniversary and Stent Update

Yesterday was our 7th wedding anniversary and it was ironic that we both gave cards that stated similar feelings. Sure, we have had our good and bad times, our moments of weakness and strength, and together we weathered the storm and came out stronger and more in love than ever. That about sums up our feelings for each other after 11 years of being together, 7 years of marriage, 3.5 years of waiting for his miracle lung transplant, 2 years of extreme illness, and 5 dry runs before finally realizing the miracle that saved his life. They say what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, and we are true believers of that now. We have been humbled by our lives and remind ourselves daily that each day is a gift and should be celebrated!

To top it off, the transplant hospital called Greg to update him on how they would like to proceed with his stent removal. Shortly after his transplant, the right airway was starting to close up and they placed a stent to keep it open and allow it to heal properly. The doctor’s had recommended that he continue an inhaled daily Pulmozyme treatment in order to make sure the stent stays clear of any debris. Yesterday they told him that they are so impressed with his lung functions that they have decided to keep the stent indefinitely (or until it gives him any problems). Unfortunately, that means that Greg will have to stay on his last inhaled nebulizer but, on the great side, he is doing fabulous!! Needless to say, we can’t be upset given that he is too healthy to have outpatient surgery! Small miracles may be small but they are miracles nonetheless!

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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