Happy 3rd Transplant Anniversary!

Sitting on Santa's Knee
Yesterday, November 11, 2007, was my wonderful husband’s 3rd Transplant Anniversary! It is amazing to realize that 3 years ago yesterday, we were wondering if his double lung transplant was ever going to be realized. It is not that we didn’t think it would ever happen but rather, after 3.5 years of waiting and 5 dry runs, you wonder whether or not each call you receive from the hospital will be “the one”.

So, this weekend we did a couple of things Greg has never done before. I am proud to say that the first new thing we tried was on Saturday and only happened after a lot of play nagging on my part. You see, we were in the middle of the mall and there was Santa Claus waiting for children to take pictures with. Usually the line is straight down the mall and it was now or never in my mind. I instinctively grabbed Greg and walked over to Santa. Now realize that we are two 33-year old adults without any children and here I was pulling my husband over to sit on Santa’s lap. After using a couple of fun “wife” techniques, he agreed and we took our first ever Santa picture together!

It was his anniversary day that he was more looking forward to. By some grace of God, Greg’s dad got an extra ticket to see the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field… in a luxury sky box! Needless to say, Greg could not pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity; especially seeing the Green Bay Packers in action for the first time in the new stadium and in style! This was a dream come true and he still had a huge smile on his face when he got home later that night.

What a way to celebrate the anniversary of his miracle! It is humbling to think we went from a house filled with medical equipment and oxygen machines to an opportunity to take life by the horns and enjoy the ride.

Here’s praying for 50 more healthy transplant anniversaries! Thank you God and thank you to our donor and his awesome family!

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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