Feelings of an Organ Transplant Recipient’s Family

The Angel Cove blog has set idle for quite some time, as I have been trying to decide what I should do with the blog or what people want to read. The thing is that as being a blogger you become so trained to think like your readers that you often forget the message that you’re trying to convey. My message, for those that will listen, is one of strength, hope, and love. Organ donation is not the end but only the beginning.

I already told you our personal story in regards to my husband double lung transplant. Yes, he has cystic fibrosis, but his disease does not control his life. Getting a miracle double lung transplant is like being reborn. You have the same thoughts, personality, and memories but you become a new light in life.

So, I decided that the Angel Cove organ donation and transplant awareness blog would chronicle our new journey in life with a miracle second chance at life. It is a journey that we take together – me, my husband and the continuing life inside given by our organ donor.

There’s so much life after an organ transplant that people often forget the miracle of the second chance of life. However, it is up to us to not get overwhelmed with every day mundane tasks and responsibilities and to remember the true blessing that is life. Life is about love, gratitude, joy, passion, happiness, excitement, joyful expectations, hope and satisfaction.

I hope that I’m able to convey these feelings from this point forward and let others know how truly blessed we feel. Sure, there may be ups and downs in life but this is our life and our second chance at a healthy, happy, and loving life.

I welcome you on this journey no matter what stage of your life you may be in. You may be looking at family support to get you through the troubled times before, during or after an organ transplant. However, I hope that this blog will serve to let you know that you are not alone and that there is life beyond if you will remain strong with warrior focus and never give up.

Irish smiles,
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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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