New Year’s Day 2019

I’m kicking off this year by blogging, publishing the second edition of my Emotional Journal, and establishing better health routines. I plan to take some health classes to become a health coach.

I went to college for communications and worked as a receptionist, a non profit fundraiser, then returned to go to cosmetology school. I worked as a hairstylist for almost four years, before adopting two children. I became a stay at home mom and loved it. Until November 2009.

My CHD (Congenital Heart Disease) came back to haunt me. I was in heart failure and it affected my blood vessels to my liver.

To summarize late 2009-2013, I had open heart surgery with a mechanical valve and a pacemaker, rerouting the blood flow. This surgery was successful for 18 months. My medications started to fail, I was retaining liters of fluid, and eventually I needed to be on oxygen 24/7. September 2011, I was listed with UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). I needed a new heart and a new liver. I waited at home until May 19, 2012. I was hospitalized as I declined and contracted several viruses in CCU. My renal system failed and I needed dialysis. In the eleventh hour, I received a heart, liver, and kidney on July 12-13, 2012. My recovery was longer than most and I went between the hospital and home for the next year.

It has been 6 years, 5 months, and 20 days since my transplants. My life has turned out so differently than thought it would. Physically, I have good days and bad days; I have chronic pain, painful side effects, peripheral neuropathy and a low immune system. Emotionally, I struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

I hope to encourage others and bring new information through blogging.

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