6 months post transplant :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Breath of Life...

                 I'm so sorry I haven't updated for awhile..I've been busy getting hitched and then we went to Aruba on our honeymoon! Things are finally getting back to normal, so I have a little extra time on my hands again.  We had a HUGE couple weeks..Marc and I met with my lung donor's parents last Sunday. I couldn't believe what amazing people there are in this world! They shared so many amazing things with us about their son, Robbie, who was just 18 when he passed away this March. What a remarkable kid! They told us how smart he was..he had plans to go to Harvard in the fall, he played guitar, ran marathons and played La cross. Such an amazing athlete! These lungs are even more special than I had ever imagined and I can't believe how blessed I am to have been able to meet this family. What an impact he had on people's lives while he was here..and I would have loved to have been able to know him at one time.  Sunday was a very emotional day..we met them for coffee and It took everything I had not to cry. His mom cried a lot..and I felt so terrible..my heart just aches for them. I'm so glad they wanted to meet with me though, cuz I know that they didn't have to have anything to do with us.
           We were invited to "The breath of Life" gala this Sat, and their family was accepting the Jordan Sterling award for the amazing gift he gave to me..a cystic fibrosis patient.  What an amazing night, I will never ever forget it! I cried a lot...I couldn't hold it in! His dad got up and made such a wonderfully heart-felt speech and in it he mentioned us and how much we meant to their family. I guess we will forever be linked to their family by these amazing lungs! I will be eternally grateful to them, and I'll prob never be able to express how much these last two weeks have meant to me..getting to know them. They told us that Robbie's favorite color was pink, so Marc and I wore pink to the gala.  They loooved it!  His sister was also wearing pink and she looked absolutely adorable!  I have some pics that we took throughout the night, so I will post one.  What an awesome night! It makes me want to encourage as many as I can to become an organ donor! Robbie donated almost everything and saved so many lives, including mine. It's amazing how it brings people together in a way you would have never thought..and it helped them with their grieving process so much to see such wonderful things happening because of their son.  RIP Robbie Mayasich. I will be eternally grateful to you.

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