"I Did it My Way"

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A Question for Unattached Transplantees

Started by Dan. Last reply by Stassy Oct 18, 2013. 18 Replies

I have a question for any of you unmarried or unattached transplantees out there.  I always believed that it was best to be honest with potential dating partners right up front about my physical limitations...not to go into any great specifics, mind…Continue

How do you Stay Organized Regarding your Transplant Health?

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by miocean Oct 3, 2013. 8 Replies

I consider myself an organized person but strive to think of new ways to improve in the organization department of my life.Since the beginning of TransplantBuddies, I have listened to many of you share some tips on how you stay organized regarding…Continue

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Procrastination corner

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by Jane Apr 26, 2013. 6 Replies

Is there someone you want to call or write to but just keep putting this off?  Continue

graduate school

Started by Hilary. Last reply by Mark Apr 8, 2013. 3 Replies

I am currently in graduate school (taking post Masters coursework) working towards licensure as a Professional Counselor. It has taken me awhile to figure out what I want to do professionally, but I think I have figured it out and am working towards…Continue

I didn't think I could do it

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by livecam Dec 20, 2012. 6 Replies

What didn't you think you could do and then later on realized once you set your mind to accomplishing this task it was much easier than you thought it would be?Continue

What have you learned from Relationships? The good and bad

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by John Scags Dec 18, 2012. 10 Replies

Relationships teach us many different lessons. Many of us have had good and bad relationships. What was the most invaluable lesson from the relationship that you experienced that you carry with you today. If you experienced a difficult time in your…Continue

Tell us something that makes you think happy thoughts

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by Hostess Risé Jun 11, 2012. 9 Replies

I will start with answering my own question What makes me happy is looking at sunrises and sunsets with love and appreciation.Continue

What is your favorite song that lifts you up?

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by Judith Jun 11, 2012. 21 Replies

I love a bunch of artists. Check these out and share your faves. Continue

I want to have the energy to be productive enough to give back in a meaningful way

Started by Diane Lewis. Last reply by Judith Nov 12, 2011. 2 Replies

I have been dealing with chronic pain, and low energy since my transplant and would like to have the energy to be productive and give back in a meaningful way. I would also like to find a way that I can so some travelling again, even if it is not…Continue

Releasing Anger

Started by Hostess Risé. Last reply by Rita Nov 12, 2011. 1 Reply

Inspired from Oprah's Lifeclass I believe people hold onto anger because they think they are actually hurting the person they are angry with instead of realizing that they are directing the anger to themselves. Those who hold onto anger are…Continue

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Comment by Carla on October 1, 2013 at 10:35pm

just remember how great it is to be doing anything!  Walking again without having to catch my breath was such a huge milestone.  I am grateful most every day to be breathing again thanks to my donor!  I ran across an unused 2013 calendar and looked in the back to find a goals page for next year.  On it is a list of goals:  career, education, faith, family, financial, fitness, health and relationships with the opposite column titled achievements for each of those goals in the new year.  It has been a great starting point for me to look at and plan my new life.  Maybe this list of goals could be a starting point for your new life too. 

Comment by Hostess Risé on April 10, 2013 at 9:03pm

I had my Liver Transplant Jan. 7th-2010. Five mons later, I was playing slowpitch & in Sept., I went back to curling, lots of walking with the wife & dogs, hugs to all transplants. I did it my way.

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Comment by elreyfeo on December 21, 2012 at 1:18am

A suggestion for our nurse friends:  perhaps retraining for a move into physiotherapy would be possible.  That is a much needed service, especially for TX patients, and having someone who has personally been through it would be of great value to those who are just awakening to their new lives.  Whatever you do, just remember how great it is to be doing anything! :)

Comment by hearttxp on December 20, 2012 at 4:19pm

Wow Thought about the work issue ? I can remember How weak I was 15 years ago after my heart txp. Could not even walk up 2 or 3 small steps. That was April  1998 and by October 1 1998 I was back to work Full time. I even never took the elevator up to the 4th floor where my office was ! Steps ! Came a long long way in just a few months. Now I am  retired for 6 years and enjoy every day even more ! Fishing and running my  fishing Charter Boat out on Lake Erie !

Comment by Hostess Risé on December 20, 2012 at 4:14pm

Sounds like a good plan Tommie

Comment by tommie white on December 20, 2012 at 4:10pm
I am also a nurse, an ARNP I received my double lung transplant 10 months ago, I want to go back to work but because I am so immunosupressed I don't want to take the chance in a hospital , I was thinking about working in low risk area, as a nurse u have plenty choices.
Comment by justjessRN on December 20, 2012 at 2:45pm
this is exactly why I joined this group. I wanted to know what would be possible if I was transplanted. right now walking again would be a huge deal. currently, I can walk very short distances if I go very slowly. I used to go on long backpacking treaks and canoe trips. I was up to almost 30 miles a day on my bike before this started. It would mean so much if I could regain that freedom to explore the outdoors again. What really got me motivated to consider transplantation was the thought of working as a nurse again, perhaps on a transplant unit, helping others get through it and setting an example.
Comment by Hostess Risé on December 16, 2012 at 12:28pm

How beautiful elreyfeo

Thanks for sharing!

Comment by elreyfeo on December 15, 2012 at 10:03pm

Today marks 17 months since the first full day of my rebirth!  I celebrated it by walking in my 4th Christmas parade of the month along with members of our organ and tissue donation group and our Green Ribbon float.  Some members ride and hold signs indicating their transplant status; others hand out Lifesaver candies taped to business cards promoting the online registration site. Its a great way to get the message out on a very personal level. On the route today, I met a true hero, a living donor!  She made my day. :)


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