Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bittersweet

Wow, thank you so much everyone! I have honestly never felt so loved and lifted up in my life. I guess it's true...you CAN be thankful for dry runs!

Speaking of which, I'm typing this from the OR holding area. The right lung was bad so the left lung went to the sweetest old man. In a weird twist, we were right next to each other in the holding area and his family came over to congratulate us and wish us luck (since we were the primary they assumed we would get the lungs). When the doctor came and told me the news, I actually got to look around the curtain and give them the good news. They all started crying -- it was so incredible, so bittersweet, and so miraculous! A moment to remember for the rest of my life.

I saw the family getting the heart as well.

Since I personally know firsthand the power you guys have to make a person feel held close, I'm asking that you please keep a grandfather, his wife of 46 years, and his son in your prayers today as they embark on their new journey of life and breath. At one point they had the 6 year old grandson on speaker phone to talk to his granddad before surgery. Wow.

And who wants a bad right lung anyway, right?

I can't thank you all enough for all the prayers and good thoughts. I know my lungs will come at the right time for me. Just a matter of trust at this point.

23 comments:

  1. Hang in there Cyster, your call will come. The REAL call. XOXO

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  2. oh my, we love you so much and you are an amazing person to point out to us, that when the gift does not come for us, it comes for someone else! Love, Love, Love, Beth

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  3. Oh man, I'm sad it wasn't yours to get. But yes, we want only the best set for you!

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  4. There was a huge flurry of prayers coming your way. This had to be the right outcome.

    Waiting impatiently for the next call for the transplant and always wishing the best for you.

    Bill Overend

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  5. Oh Piper {{{hugs}}} I was really hoping this was your day, but as you said, who wants a bad right lung anyway? :) Sending along some positive thoughts and prayers for the recipient and the donor's family as well. ~Juliet

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  6. George and DiannaMarch 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Dear Sweet Piper ~ You have such a loving heart to take joy in giving the news to your "roommate" ~ your day will come. XOXO ~ George and Dianna

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  7. Sometimes the universe has to make a couple of adjustments before getting it perfect. I'm certain "perfect" is on it's way so hope you all can hold the space open just a little bit longer. Meanwhile what a sweet, loving reaction to the news in terms of the other recipients...and who but you would truly know what it meant to them.

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  8. Way to look at things with the most positive attitude piper.
    Still have my fingers crossed for you!


    Meg

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  9. You are so gracious it is amazing! I'm so sorry this wasn't your call.

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  10. Ugh. Another dry run. I was not expecting this news, but with transplant, always expect the unexpected. You're taking it in stride as always. Much love to you Piper!

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  11. Jeez, I just left a comment on your CL page... I guess it is a dry run unfortunately BUT what a gracious and loving way to not receive the new lungs. Will definitely pray for the grandpa.

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  12. Well, I guess it is better to let someone else have the left lung, wouldn't want to do the job half way. And you are so amazing to be so happy for them, I am also happy for the lucky recipients of the new organs.

    So regardless of the runners, did you make it quick enough? What was your time? Will continue to send love and prayers for you and excited for the real call.
    love,
    Amy

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  13. Wow Piper I continue to be in awe of your resiliency and positive attitude. Love to you and your whole family!

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  14. I just read about your call and then how it was a no go for you...what an emotional rollercoaster this all must be for you to say the least! Please know that I am in your corner, cheering you on and praying fervently for those perfect new lungs to come your way soon...it will be your turn and while you fight to recover, all of us will be there, rooting you on.
    Sending lots of love and hugs your way,
    Jenn (JustDucky)

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  15. Sorry about your near miss today. I'm so glad the organs were still able to help someone who was obviously so grateful. I will be praying that your awesome new-to-you lungs will come soon.

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  16. Lot's of prayers for you and the sweet gentleman who got the healthy lung. Your outlook on today's events was touching and inspiring. Thank you!!

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  17. Piper,
    You are a courageous woman. In our thoughts and prayers.
    Tara

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  18. Praying for the RIGHT lungs to come your way SOON!!!

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  20. It's so much about those lungs being perfect and exactly the right ones for you - as you say, who wants a bad right lung? They will come for you and it will be brilliant - believe me!

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  21. You are an inspiration! The perfect lungs will show up, this I know!!!

    sending health and love, Michele

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  22. Hoping that you get your lungs soon. Your compassion is truly remarkable.

    Take care-

    Fan of yours/Friend of Beth Peters

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