Thankful

What better way to officiate my first blog post just a couple days shy of literally the BEST. HOLIDAY. EVER. Thanksgiving! These last few months have been a complete whirlwind and have given me a lot of reasons to be thankful for my life and the people in it. My husband, Bobby, just received a liver transplant at the end of September. Long story short, he suffered from a rare liver disorder called Budd-Chiari Syndrome, which was caused by a blood clotting disorder he was diagnosed with called: Polycythemia Vera. He was on the transplant list for 2 1/2 years. We definitely were blind sided by the call, as it came as a huge surprise to us,  but the match was perfect and he has been recovering amazingly well ever since. It has been almost 2 months since he had the surgery. I often find myself pondering a lot, especially as we embark closer to Thanksgiving, wondering who the individual was that granted my husband his second chance of life. It’s a very hard concept to grasp, that in someone else’s loss, we gained the most precious gift we could ever ask for, and that was a chance for Bobby to live his life again without progressive suffering and worsening of his disease. I am so thankful for this precious gift he received and I couldn’t be more grateful to get to celebrate this Thanksgiving in honor of who ever it was that decided to be an organ donor, (or his/her family) for making the decision to donate life. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is being surrounded by all the family and friends, and getting to enjoy the best kinds of therapy foods. Bobby loves to cook, and honestly cooking is what has really kept him going through this journey. I felt it was important to share this because, it’s such a beautiful journey to be thankful for. We hope in a year we can connect with the family of the donor and be able to thank them for giving us this beautiful gift, and we  will continue celebrate and be thankful for their loved one every single day of our lives. #donatelife

Bobby transplant

 

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Author: Samira Lee Valdez

I am 30 years old, a Jacksonville, FL native. Married in September 2016 to a wonderful man, who is a medically retired US ARMY veteran. I am a Critical Care RN who loves to share my life style inspirations and passions with my community of friends, family, & colleagues.

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