You've Been Given the Gift of Life, Give it Back!

Welcome friends and family!

Thank you for visiting my blog. It documents my amazing journey from pre to post double lung transplant. I am a 37 year old mother and wife with Cystic Fibrosis who has been more greatly blessed than I could ever imagine possible!

It has been a bumpy ride, but God has given me strength, love, friendship, and, FINALLY, health. My prayers have been answered, my miracle was granted, and I want to share the joy of my new life with you.

If you are a first time visitor, please take a moment to watch The Miracle of Transplantation video below. To me, pictures speak a thousand words.

My entries begin in April of 2008 and my double lung transplant was December 10. Scroll down to my blog archive and you can read from the beginning or jump around. If you are looking for a specific topic, you can use the search engine.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or feedback, I would love to hear from you!

I hope I can help you to experience the love God has for each and every one of us!

May God Bless You with Miracles in Your Life! Nancy


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Monday, May 31, 2010

A terrific weekend

We had an incredible weekend in Akron and Cleveland!  We drove to Cuyahoga Falls, OH on Friday and stayed in a beautiful hotel overlooking the falls.
We brought our good friend Emily with us, she is an Irish Dancer as well and was a great help for Hannah with practice and warming up!

Hannah and Emily at our Hotel overlooking the falls.





 There was a beaver on the other side of the river that we had fun watching.

 Saturday morning we arrived at the Akron Feis.  There were 10 stages and over 1000 competitors, this was a much large feis than the last one we attended.




 Hannah had 12 competitors in her class and danced three different dances.  In her first dance, the reel, she placed first!



In her second dance, the light jig, she placed 5th.



In her third dance, the slip jig, she placed 2nd!  It was a very successful day for her!






 Look at all the people!




On Sunday we were at the Wolstein Center on the campus of the University of Cleveland.
This was an even larger feis than the one in Akron and Hannah had 20 competitors in her class.  We were  hoping that she would just make it onto the board (top 5).



The feis was held on the floor of the stadium and had 10 stages with dancers competing.
Hannah is the 3rd girl from the left.  They split them into two groups.


You can see, there was another dancer from her school, Rince Na Tiarna, in this competition.


Again, Hannah competed in the Reel, Light Jig, and Slip Jig.


Hannah received a 4th in the Reel, 3rd in the Light Jig, and 2nd in the Slip Jig!




Way to go Hannah!  We were so proud of what you accomplished this weekend!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Allegany Presentation

As usual, your prayers were powerful!  I think yesterday went great!  The kids were really attentive and seemed to be interested in what I had to say.  I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be, I know that was thanks to your prayers.  I thought I would share the intro. with you.  The audio isn't very good, but at least you can get a feeling for how I set the stage.  Make sure you pause the music player before you start the video.

We are off to Akron today.  Hopefully it will be a great weekend with Hannah doing her best!

My love to you all!  Nancy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Updates

Hello!  I am so sorry I have been too busy to post.  I have finally finished putting together my presentation and will be giving it to the Allegany-Limestone High School tomorrow morning, I could use lots of prayers!

We spent Saturday at Darien Lake Theme Park.  Hannah's school band competed there and then we got to have fun riding the rides.  I was a chaperone and rode on all the rides with the kids, including the Viper, Mind Eraser, and Superman Ride of Steel.  All of the other moms were too chicken to come along on the rides.  When they asked me how I could stand it I reminded them that life is too short and we have to just enjoy every moment of it!


Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with a representative of UNYTS (Upstate New York Transplant Services) and am looking forward to working with them to raise awareness of organ donation in this area.

We will be heading to Akron, OH on Friday for a Feis (Irish Dance Competition) there on Saturday, then we will travel to Cleveland for a Feis on Sunday.  It will be a busy weekend!

I hope you all have a safe and blessed Memorial Day Weekend.  It is a wonderful time to think about, and celebrate, the people we have loved and lost.  I will especially be thinking about my dear friend Emily and my donor this weekend.

My love to you all!  Nancy

Great Opportunity for Siblings of children with CF!

Applications Now Available for CF Sibling Teen Advocacy Day, June 23-24, 2010


Brothers and sisters of those with cystic fibrosis know first hand how CF patients struggle daily with their disease and how important it is to quickly develop promising new treatments and therapies.

That is why the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation invites all teenage siblings of CF patients to apply for participation in CF Sibling Teen Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on June 23-24, 2010. Because the risk of cross-infection precludes us from bringing a large contingent of teens with CF to Capital Hill, we ask their teenage siblings to come to our nation's capital and lobby on their behalf for policies that make a real difference to the 30,000 children and adults who struggle with CF every day.

To take part in Teen Advocacy Day, participants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and have a sibling who has cystic fibrosis, and must be accompanied by a parent. Space is limited, and applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Stephanie Krenrich, (301) 907-2512, at the CF Foundation's National office for more information.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sad Day!


Dear friends,

Today has been a difficult day for us.  Our Guinea Pig, Oreo, has battled several urinary tract infections.  Over the weekend she became lethargic, stopped eating, and was having difficulty urinating, so this morning I took her into the vet.  They decided she needed X-rays, so I left her there.  Hannah had early dismissal at 1:00 and right after I picked her up Scott called to say that Oreo was not doing well.  Hannah and I went to the veterinarian where we found out that Oreo had not responded well to the anesthesia and had crashed.  They were able to resuscitate her, however, and things were looking better.  Hannah and I each held her and then left her for overnight observation.  A little while after we got home, I received a call that Oreo had passed away.

This is the first pet Hannah has lost and, as you can imagine, it was very traumatic.  We brought Oreo home and buried her in a beautiful, quiet place in the back yard.  We will miss our sweet Oreo, she was a joy and a love!

Oreo Matthews
July 7, 2007 to May 18 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

Hello Dear Friends!

I am sorry I have been slacking in keeping up my blog.  All I can say is that I am busy, which is terrific!  It seems so nice to have things to do and to be able to do them.

I was asked to speak to the Allegany-Limestone Middle/High School at the end of the month, so I have been brainstorming ways to communicate with them about CF and transplant while at the same time keeping them interested and entertained.  I am hoping Scott will be able to come and record it, so that I can share this presentation with all of you.  Then you can let me know if I succeeded in my goals of educating AND entertaining!

I can't remember if I shared, but I had applied to be a volunteer for the Upstate New York Transplant Services - UNYTS.  I have been accepted as a volunteer and will be meeting with one of their staff members at the end of the month to discuss what role I can play in their organization.  I am very excited about this!

I have also made two new friends in the last two weeks, one preparing for the transplant process and the other a mother with CF who is still doing well and not yet ready for transplant.  I can't tell you how much it means to me to hear from people who have discovered my blog and have found strength or hope from it.  I have been blessed with so many new friends, thank you for letting them find me dear Lord!

Thank you all for your continued love and support!  Nancy

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I wanted to wish all of you moms a very happy Mother's Day!  I didn't get a chance to do this yesterday, because I was too busy enjoying my own family. 

What makes the perfect Mother's Day?  Is it the presents, the cards, the money spent?  If you are a mom, you know the answer is NO!  The perfect Mother's Day is about spending time with your family and that is just what I did yesterday.  We went out to lunch, we watched movies together, we played games, and just hung out.  It was WONDERFUL!  Thank you to my sweet Hannah and Scott for giving me the BEST Mother's Day!

And to my mom, I love you so much!  Thank you for taking such good care of me all of these years!  God blessed me so greatly when He sent me into your arms and I will never be able to tell you enough how much I love you!

The Power of Two

For those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning, you may remember me talking about a wonderful book I had read about twin sisters with CF.  The Book was called The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis and documented the life journey of these two sisters.

I have recently learned that they are working on a film project and wanted to share the first trailer with you.  I am very excited for them and for the exposure they have given to Cystic Fibrosis and lung transplantation.  Thanks for your great work Ana and Isa!

http://www.thepoweroftwomovie.com/home/

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sea Day and Miami Beach

Sorry, I got a little behind.

Our last day was at sea heading back to Miami.

We attended a talent show that all three kids were supposed to perform in, but they all chickened out, actually, Simon fell asleep before his group was called up.



 Hannah said goodbye to new friends.
 Our waiters got a little goofy!
 We got to dress up for dinner one last time!





 We said goodbye to our fabulous waiters!

 And we attended our last show.

Scott, Hannah, and I stayed two extra days in Miami to give Scott a chance to relax before he had to go back to work.  We stayed at a lovely resort in Miami Beach (Priceline is awesome, we got an incredible deal!)  Though it was rainy, we enjoyed some down time after the excitement of the cruise.


 The resort was called the Eden Roc and had 4 lovely outdoor pools and a private beach.





 Drying Off in the Wind


 Hannah's sand sculptures
 Sunset from our hotel room!
 What a wonderful family vacation.  I hope you enjoyed our pictures!

The Miracle of Transplantation

Pause the music player before watching.