Upcoming Anniversary

I am wrestling with a thought at this moment. You see, in a little over a week Greg will be celebrating his 3-year post transplant anniversary. With the upcoming anniversary, my mind starts to think back to when he received his transplant and the donor’s family. Although we are celebrating a happy occasion, they are celebrating a somber one.

Some time ago I had purchased a Hallmark card that is specifically for an organ donor’s family. I have held onto it for a number of months now and as we close in on the transplant anniversary, I am torn as to whether or not I should send it to the family now or wait until after the holidays.

No, we don’t know who our hero’s family is as they did not respond to the letter Greg sent shortly after his transplant. Everything in the beginning in anonymous so we aren’t sure if they even agreed to accept it or if it was read and they just decided not to respond. That is why this choice is so difficult for me… all I want to do is to thank them and let them know how much of a hero we think their family member was; not to cause them unnecessary stress during their anniversary of loss.

I guess I will need to pray on it for a while but I hope that time does not run out for me to do the right thing.

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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