Living Life Outside a Television Show

Three Rivers Show CastWhen CBS announced a new show about organ donation and transplantation, called Three Rivers, I jump up. “Finally!” I thought, “A show about something near and dear to my heart that would take organ donor awareness up a notch!” However, my excitement was short-lived.

I’m not sure if it is because I am too close to the topic at hand, being the wife of a double (bilateral) lung transplant recipient or the show itself. Only a few minutes into the first episode, I started to become bored and within moments I was even pointing out inconsistencies with the story line and how transplant hospitals run. Sure, I am a bit critical and normally I can look over medical shows that don’t accurately portray medical equipment usage or procedures. The problem was that I found myself getting both over emotional and a but annoyed.

Again, this has nothing to do with the acting itself as the actors are superb. Upon reflection, it seems evident that those that are very close to the topic at hand, being organ transplant recipients/family/friends or even the families of the organ donors, may want to change the channel. We have lived this life and some of our worst and best memories lay too close to the plot lines of this show. Why bring us down this road once again and open such memories?

Life is to be lived and although I think it is great to use such a show to further raise organ donation awareness, it is not wise to travel down certain roads again – especially every week. Therefore, I have stopped watching Three Rivers and have chosen, instead, to cherish life as it is today – with the miracle of my husband’s new lungs and the second chance it has given us to escape the drama that is transplant hospitals to truly live life.

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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