Our donor Candy called me on Wednesday afternoon to let me know the Pretransplant Committee OFFICIALLY approved the transplant! I can't tell you how excited I was to hear this news! I pretty much knew it was going to be approved so it wasn't a total shock, but something about hearing that it was OFFICIAL just clicked in my head. I hung up the phone, told Neil, sent out a text message to some friends and family, told the boys, then sat down and cried. My middle child (8 yrs old) asked me why I was crying. I told him they were happy tears because I was so relieved to FINALLY hear it's official!!!! The sigh of relief was a years worth of worry. Even now that I'm writing about it, I get the chills just thinking of what has happened and what is to come. Our donor is so wonderful and our angel. She is giving us the best gift anyone could ask for! There's no way to ever thank someone for their selfless act of donating!!!! THANK YOU CANDY! XOXO
Now that it's official, we are still going forward with our date of January 26th. I freaked out a little bit on Saturday when I realized it's only a month away. I think that the time will fly by. I'm so glad I have another week off work to clean up the house, get caught up on grading papers and start planning for the next month. I don't want to fall behind in anything at this point. Time is very precious.
As far as needing prayers, I've blogged about my Internet friends, Mary and Amy, whose husbands are brothers, both suffer from PKD and BOTH need transplants. Mary's husband, Sean is having his transplant THIS WEEK (29th) and Amy's husband, Bruce, is having his transplant the 14th of January. It's so amazing to me that their husbands ended up having live donors and their transplants scheduled so close together. It's also amazing to me that I found these people through the PKD page on Facebook and got in touch with them and started blogging because of them. It's wonderful to have friends who are walking in my shoes right now. In fact, it's super cool that they're going thru this ahead of me so that I will be informed and know what to expect when it's Neil's turn!! Even though we don't live in the same states, I can see a meeting someday with them!!!
Please visit their blogs and please say prayers for them as they go through the transplant process this week and in the coming weeks! Please pray the germs stay away from them and that their transplants are successful!
* Mary & Sean (donor Jeremy) can be found at Living with PKD - Transplant December 29th in Nashville, TN
* Amy & Bruce (donor Ken) can be found at PKD Sucks - Transplant January 14th in Tampa, FLThank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!!