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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  • Julia PenName

    Thank you for your post.  I have been interested in learning more about others like me.  I have had a heart transplant and I was uplifted my your message.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Julia! I am glad that my message moved you in a positive way. It’s amazing how much we feel alone at times – when there are truly others like us out there. God bless you on your heart transplant and may health always follow wherever you may go!

  • Marge Mortensen

    Shannon, first I want to say Thank you for your blog. It says so much, and explains the life and feelings of a transplant recipient. I also had a double lung transplant in 1997. I was very close to the end of my life, at just 47 yrs old. It has been such a miracle for me. I was ill since I was 26 yrs old, and finally, got my life back. I had not been able to work for many years, and I did go back to work just 6 months after my transplant. It was amazing!!
    I thank God that the transplant actually happened, so many people never get that second chance. I am also very thankful for my doctor, Dr. Robert Love (yes, that is really his name). I did exceptionally well after my transplant, was home from the hospital after just 3 weeks. My children were all grown when I finally had my transplant, and I had 5 grandchildren. Now, I have 8 grandchildren! I am so thankful that I was able to be here to meet those grand kids, they are all so beautiful and unique.
    I have wished for a long time that I had someone to talk to about my transplant. Yes, I have lots of loving family that have been here for me the entire time, but sometimes, I would like to talk to someone that has gone through the actual transplant and knows exactly what I am talking about.
    I hope that your husband is doing well. It is such a miracle to be able to live again.
    I would like to hear from you.

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    Yeah 2nd comes when a kind person generously come forward and donate his part of body after death. And some of them really donate. We should appreciate their contributions and should be remembered in every breath the recipient take. I am also planning 🙂 . Everyone wants to live a normal life. So contribute your organs to the needy society definitely after death 🙂 .

    Good post.

    Keep sharing