I was diagnosed in 2003 with chirosis of the liver. I was given 1 to 2 years and needed a transplant. I met with the wonderful transplant team at UMDNJ and started a long year of testing, treatment and hospital stays before being placed on "The List". Waiting was the toughest thing. Not knowing how long it will be. I didn't have much time. I certainly didn't have time to feel sorry for myself. I took a deep breath, said a prayer and found humor in just about everything I could. The doctors say it was positive thinking and a sense of humor that kept me going.
I was very lucky. I only had to wait 4 months. The day the call came I didn't believe what I was told. Thought I was dreaming. But it was true. They had a liver and it was a match. On October 15, 2004 I received my precious gift of life. After my transplant I became a mentor, talking to patients waiting in the hospital, talking to any one that would listen about how important organ donation is. I was proof - it works. It's been a year and 4 months and I'm now healthier than most people I know. I am so very thankful for a new lease on life. I pray for my donor and her family every day. During their grief they gave me the most precious gift of all. I will be forever thankful. I now volunteer for the organ procurement organization in NJ spreading the word. I don't take life for granted - I live.
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