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Depresssion - an inside look

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Oct 25, 2013. 5 Replies

Found this blog a few months ago. The author has added some entries recently that may help us to understand what depression looks and feels like, in a light-hearted and sometimes funny manner. The…Continue

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The farmer and the truck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Auntee Nae Oct 13, 2013. 7 Replies

When I was a boy, there was a summer that I spent with my best friend's grandparents on their farm. The old man had an ancient Ford pickup truck that he used to get around the hilly terrain of his…Continue

Who Knew?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Aug 28, 2013. 34 Replies

Total living transplant recipients in the U.S. = 183,222 Heart - 19,308 Heart/Lung - 244 Intestine - 678 Kidney - 109,500 Kidney/Pancreas - 7,225 Liver - 42,286 Lung - 6,731 Pancreas after Kidney -…Continue

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Ruth and Mark are now friends
Feb 8
Mark replied to Hostess Risé's discussion 'Introduce yourself to The Transplant Community Forum!'
"Hello Ruth, thank you for introducing yourself. I have been through Longmont several times in my life. What a beautiful place to live! It is good to hear that your kidney tx is stable. I look forward to your participation in our ongoing…"
Feb 7
Mark replied to Rita's discussion 'Is it safe.....'
"Rita, excellent question. As tx survivors I don't think we give this subject enough scrutiny. We are given stern warnings about avoiding sources of bacterial infection yet we must also live and function in the real world. How do we strike a…"
Feb 3
Mark replied to Charlotte's discussion 'SWIMMING'
"Hello Charlotte, thanks for your question. Yes, we have had occasional discussions about swimming as related to post tx living. I posted this a few years ago in one of them. It isn't intended as a list of rules ... rather, points to ponder: As…"
Feb 2
Mark posted a video

Runaround Sue

If you're feeling old and tired this morning ...
Feb 2
Mark commented on Spotted Leopard's blog post 'Future'
"Had to laugh at the caricature you created of your husband. Sounds vaguely familiar :) I don't think it's uncommon to get into a funk when we reach that plateau which is our 40s. Yes, many of the life goals you mentioned are accomplished…"
Feb 2
Mark replied to SaraH's discussion '1 Year 3 mo post tx ... And I'm having a baby!'
"Sara, your news is indeed sad. You tried and are willing to try again. Undoubtedly, your courage speaks volumes to others in the tx community that are looking for hope and encouragement. Kudos to you and your husband and Godspeed in your wonderful…"
Jan 31
Mark replied to Kathy's discussion 'Feeling depressed'
"Good for you Kathy :)"
Jan 30
Mark commented on Spotted Leopard's blog post 'Resisting The Urge'
"I believe that everyone benefits from private "decompression" time, but certainly when life pressures begin to converge in a debilitating spiral. Some people can accomplish this "retreat" using meditation techniques (maybe…"
Jan 30
Mark replied to Kathy's discussion 'Feeling depressed'
"Dear Kathy, When faced with overwhelming odds in fighting a battle, many military commanders will map the larger battlefield into smaller units. He will focus all of his strength on each of the smaller skirmishes until one by one, the multitude of…"
Jan 25
Mark commented on Wendy's blog post 'Medicare Part B&D denial of transplant meds'
"Wendy, Kidneyboy is correct. I was recently denied RX coverage for immunos by Medicare (for different reasons than yours) and my tx coordinator worked miracles for me. There is an online "Request for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage…"
Jan 24
Mark liked Ken's discussion Life expectancy after heart transplant
Jan 16
Mark liked Spotted Leopard's blog post Why?
Jan 16
Mark replied to Janie's discussion 'tummy numbness after transplant'
"Cisco, Janie is 11 months out from surgery. Aside from complications, none of which she has mentioned, there would be no reason for her to fear splitting herself open."
Jan 15
Mark liked Janie's blog post VALUE
Jan 15
Mark commented on Janie's blog post 'VALUE'
"A simple truth ... we should remind ourselves often."
Jan 15
Mark replied to Janie's discussion 'tummy numbness after transplant'
"Hello Janie, welcome to TF. Most of the abdominal nerves below the incision are severed during liver tx surgery. The numbness will last until the nerves reattach themselves, usually beginning around 6 months. I am almost 3 years out and all of the…"
Jan 15
Mark commented on ron's blog post 'my sons birthday'
"Hi Ron, I received a liver tx in 2011. Yes, it is very normal to feel like crap for the first few months post tx. Different people experience different complications but if he follows the medical advice he should start feeling squared away at about…"
Jan 15
Mark replied to Sandy's discussion 'Cleveland Clinic lung transplant -- anyone have experience?'
"Sandy, I had a lot of hospital stays (liver tx 2011) but they were not as lengthy as your brother's. One thing I would appreciate is a short term subscription to a daily newspaper delivered to my room. If the local paper is not interesting, the…"
Jan 15

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- end stage liver disease (cirrhosis) in May, 2010 and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) in June, 2010.
- stage 3 CKD (GFR 30), not listed yet
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Liver - July, 2011
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Methodist Transplant Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX.
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Each morning begins a new lifetime ... 16 new hours to spend on the things that are important to me. If there is a next day, I will enjoy that lifetime as well. When the end time comes and the next days are gone, a new journey will begin and I will be content with the time I was given here.
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65 years old, single with 2 adult sons and 5 grandchildren, reasonably good health and semi-retired.
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Spending endless amounts of money adding stuff to my jeep wrangler, off-road adventures, camping/hiking/fishing, spoiling my grandkids, nature photography and genealogy.
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Pearland (Houston area), Texas, 77584, USA

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Organ Transplants - Downward Trend?

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:25am 8 Comments

The lines on the graph track the total number of organ transplants completed annually (starting in 1988) for the 4 most active categories. The source of the data is the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), the agency under contract with the U.S. government to maintain the national…


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At 9:41am on November 1, 2013, Rachel said…

Good Morning Mark

Its been a while, how are you doing?  Hope you're doing great, not so much for them Texans, huh.  Cowboys either :(.  

Rachel M.

At 6:37pm on October 1, 2013, frank said…

still summer her 80 degrees for tomorrow

At 12:15pm on August 21, 2013, Charles said…
Mark, thank you so much for your kind words. It will be 8 years for me December 25th 2013. It's not an easy road but it sure beats the alternative. Glad you like my music. "I Came Back" on my last CD is about the road back and the transplant. Stay well my friend!
At 6:44am on May 21, 2013, David said…

 HAPPY HAPPY Birthday Mark ! hope you have an Awesome day! make sure you get cake and ice cream too !! 

At 5:49pm on May 20, 2013, Hostess Risé said…

Hi Mark

A day early but wanted to wish you a beautiful Happy Birthday

Thank you for all you do for so many people here.  Your Words of Wisdom travel far and wide.

At 3:33pm on February 28, 2013, Rachel said…

Thanks Mark

Feeling much better today.  Vented to a couple more people and had a laugh, still feeling a little sad especially if I think about her so I'm trying  not to.  :)


At 3:41pm on January 31, 2013, Tracy said…

Great information.  Yes, my polycystic disease (PLD) is very advanced, and rare.  The current volume of my liver is just over 7000 cc's.  So, that is the equivalant of 3 1/2 big bottles of soda (2 liter type). So, there is an over crowding problem! No room for anything else in my body, like my stomach, intestines, lungs, etc.  My Meld number is a 20 right now, and that is where I started.  This is all still new to me.  I just learned I even had PLD in August.  I will apply to UNOS for more points in early March, and should get 3 more.  I should get 3 points every 3 months.  My blood work still looks very good, it truly is a space problem.  Malnutrition is the biggest hurdle for me right now.  I have lost 30lbs in the last few months.  I am disappointed that you were all the way to a 32 before you got the call.  I was hoping with your proximity to the hospital it would be closer to 27-28.  I really hope that I will get to celebrate my 40th birthday in July with a new liver.  We shall see.  I will see what other questions pop up.  Thanks again.  Tracy

At 11:19am on January 31, 2013, Tracy said…

Thank you so much, for replying.  I am pretty tech savvy, but am still getting used to how this site works.  Yes, Liver disease is a bit inconvenient for me.  With 4 elementary school kids, and 2 with special needs, oh ya, and a full time job. Yikes! Thank goodness for a good support system.  I guess my questions are probably odd...I wondered what your original MELD was? How quickly did you move up the list? How did your center let you know that you were getting close, or did they? How much lead time did you get.  How was the immediate post op?  I am a bit afraid of being on a ventilator.  Were you in a lot of pain before surgery (I am), how about after?  Sorry, That is probably enough for now.  I hope that all isn't too overwhelming.  Thank you again!



At 5:57pm on January 22, 2013, Rachel said…

I took a lesson from the coach, haha.  They're probably not going to the pro bowl :'(  Sorry, I'm still enjoying it.  Keep watching the sports channel where they keep repeating it. Priceless!! lol

At 12:42pm on January 21, 2013, Rachel said…

Hello Mark

Enjoyed the loss of the patriots yesterday.  :D


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