4.26.2009

First Person Consent

Georgia is now a first person consent state. This means that if you go to Donate Life Georgia and sign the donor registry, you have stated that you want to be an organ donor and your wish may be carried out. As of right now, LifeLink, the organ procurement agency, will still talk to your family. LifeLink will honor the wishes of your family at a time when decision making is no doubt difficult. That is why it is so important that you discuss your wishes with your family. If your family knows your wishes, the decision will be less stressful if the time should ever come that it has to be made.

Please make sure that you have this discussion with your family. Do not rely on the registry or on your driver's license to make sure you are an organ donor. Go to the Donate Life Georgia website and join the registry, then have that discussion with your family. I know that it may be difficult and a hard topic to discuss, but if the time comes that the decision has to be made, make sure that you had a voice. Do the research and make an educated decision. Organ donation saved my life, and I am thankful for those who make the choice to become an organ donor. The decision rests on you, but be sure you make the decision for yourself.

Let me know in the comments if you are an organ donor.

3.31.2009

3 years!


I have been telling myself I was going to update this thing for over a week now!

Last Thursday, March 26 was my three year transplantiversary! I believe this has been the best one yet. The first one was great because I had made it a year, and the second one was as well, because I was feeling more like a normal person again. This year though was awesome because I am completely healthy not only in how I feel but I am beginning to look healthy again.

It was great to have some family and friends over to my parent's house for a cookout on March 22. I love when everyone gets together and has a good time. We had a spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the rest that goes along with a springtime cookout.

It is on days like these that I am really aware of how blessed that I am. God has been so great to my family and me. There were kids running everywhere with mom's chasing after them. My brother's wife is pregnant with their first child and my first niece/nephew. There are a million reasons to be excited and thank God for my many blessings.

3.10.2009

Update

I don't know......I just can't seem to find time lately to get on here and update. It has been so long, I doubt anyone even comes here to check up anymore.

Anyways, I am doing well. Had a little scare last November with some rejection. I had a couple other bouts with rejection but this was by far the most troublesome. At one point the doctors thought the PSC had returned. After a biopsy, some IV Solu-medrol (methylprednisolone), and a lot of worrying, it was determined that it had not come back and I was in the clear. Most of that came about because the doctors tried once again to take me off of prednisone.

My body just loves the stuff for some reason even though I hate it. So once again, I am on prednisone and tapering little by little. I am now on 15 mg a day and should be lowered to 10 mg at the end of the month.

I had a lot of people praying for me and I know that that had a lot to do with the outcome. God has been good to me and though I have gone through some tough times, I have never doubted his presence.

It is hard to believe that March 26 will be my three year transplantiversary. Time flies when you are having fun and healthy.

So that is my update for now. I need to try this more......I forget just how therapeutic it is for me to write these things down from time to time. It seems so easy for me to let life get in the way.