Top 11 Blog Posts on in 2010

Yes, 2010 has been a great and yet interesting year for my family and me: loads of health, happiness and memories. To highlight the year, I’ve compiled the top 11 articles on our Angel Cove Organ Transplant Blog for 2010 – as voted by you wonderful readers. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!

1. Writing an Organ Donor Thank You Letter
Next month will be 5 years since my husband’s miracle double lung transplant and it also marks 5 years since a family out there in the country gave my husband a second chance at life while mourning the loss of their own loved one. How can one ever thank the donor and their family for the selfless act they have shown us? What do you say to a family that is mourning their loss when you are celebrating your life or the new life of someone you love?

2. Thanking Your Donor Family
After receiving a transplant, most of us have thoughts about our donor. In the case where an organ has come from a living person, it is easy to communicate our feelings about the transplant experience with the donor, who is usually a family member or close friend. This is true primarily in some kidney donations. For the majority of kidney transplants and almost all other organ and tissue transplants, the donor is someone who has died and whose family has consented to donation. This process has traditionally been anonymous, meaning the recipient does not know the identity of the donor or have the ability to contact the donor’s family.

3. The Facts About Organ Donation
We all want to be remembered – remembered for who we are, what we’ve accomplished and the difference we’ve made. One way to make a difference is to learn the facts about organ and tissue donation. Dispel the myths that prevent those in need from obtaining life-saving and life-enhancing transplants. Share your life. Share your decision. Become educated about organ and tissue donation. Discuss it with your family. Leave a legacy.

4. New Wisconsin Online Organ Donor Registry
In April 2010, Donate Life Wisconsin will open the doors of it’s new website,, to online organ donation registration. This is a first in Wisconsin’s history as they move from registering your choice to become an organ donor from the Wisconsin Department of Transplant (DOT) to a simple-to use online form to clearly move participants from the status of organ donor intent to organ donor authorization.

5. Organ Donation Awareness Fundraising Ideas
April is National Donate Life Month and now is the perfect time to raise organ and tissue donation awareness. While some may choose to just silently wear their custom transplant awareness t-shirts while others believe the organ donation mug on their desk speaks for its, however, I am more of a hands on type of person. I don’t believe in getting in faces of people about become an organ donor but rather wait for a little window to open in a conversation where I can tell our own personal battle and transplant story.

6. Our Personal Transplant Battle
Some people stop by my transplant blog an often wonder: who is Shannon and how did she get involved in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and organ transplant awareness in the first place? Well, it is a long story that span over 14 years but for the sake of your eyes, I will grace you with the cliff notes version of our own personal battle and the love of my life that started it all.

7. Would you change your charitable donation?
Organ donation and transplant awareness runs through the core of who we are as a family. We believe in the strength one finds when learning the fine balance between life and death. That’s why we are strongly committed to giving 100% of all profits from our organ donation awareness website to charity… but wonder if we are giving to the right place.

8. Opt-in or Opt-out Organ Donation
There are too many people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States and not enough organ donors available to give people a second chance at life. As true as this is, many countries and states have entered the controversial opt-in vs. opt-out organ donor debate and no matter what side they choose, it seems that there will be many unhappy people.

9. Our Wait for the Perfect Organ Donor
You sit by your loved one’s side as the doctor gives you the news – an organ transplant is needed. What do I say? How do I react so that my loved one sees strength instead of fear? What will life be like over the next few months or even years? Your mind just keeps buzzing with the term “organ transplant” while you feel your body go numb.

10. Alternatives in Health Care Insurance for Pre-existing Conditions
No job and running out of time on Cobra can make any healthy person cringe but when you have a medical condition that is not covered by most healthcare insurance companies, it can get downright scary. What to do when time is running out on your existing health care coverage?

11. 3 Steps to Public Speaking on Organ Donation
No matter what your interest in organ donation and transplant awareness, you may want to do more to spread the word. Here are 3 steps to help you get started on your way to becoming an authority figure and event speaker on organ donation awareness.

What was your favorite blog post? Did it make the list?

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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