I’m the same girl as ever [See below] Except now I’m married to a wonderful man named Scott. I love him so much!! We live with my beautiful tiny girl, Haylie. 🙂
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My name is Amanda, and this is the blog of my health journey – the story of my liver transplant, the waiting and the healing. It’s been nearly four years since my transplant, three since my splenectomy, and I am still recovering. I’ve had a biopsy and a portal vein stent, and I had a bout with pneumonia. I have fibromyalgia, migraines, degenerative disc disease, and psoriatic arthritis, but who’s counting? I take each day with hope and grace and savor every experience that comes my way. I have lived so many moments in the hundreds of days I’ve been granted so far, and among the most memorable have been my little sister’s wedding, traveling to North Ireland with a small group of students from my nursing school, attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, and getting engaged to my best friend and biggest supporter. I have cultivated so many new friendships and enjoyed the old ones, and I have made so many memories with my family. I’ve celebrated births and mourned deaths, laughed and cried, joined hands in prayer. I’ve shopped and created, danced and lived. I am ungrateful for nothing.
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Two months before my 23rd birthday, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, I found out that the disease that had plagued me for nearly 18 years had progressed, and it was time for the liver transplant we really could never see happening.
I was listed by UNOS on June 14th. Two and a half months later, we got “the call” in the middle of the night on August 31. We practically flew to CCF, and after an 8 hour surgery, I woke up on September 1 with a new, healthy liver.
This is my story.
Prior to the insanity that has filled the past years, I spent my days nannying two precious angels, babysitting for a few families and trying to wrap up my nursing degree, goal: pediatric oncology or transplant coordinator.
I am honored to be a published writer in a nursing anthology and the American Journal of Nursing, as well as a contributor to many scrapbooking publications. I live to be a nurse, to touch lives and help people and families heal and grow. I am so excited to recover and have more energy to devote to touching lives. I believe each of my patients is precious and am honored to be able to touch so many hearts.
I love hanging with my amazing friends, sister and family. i love my baby puppy Haylie Brooke and our silly doggie Ri-Ri. In my rare spare time, I enjoy reading and getting crafty. I thrive on organization, my Mac repertoire, learning, and absolute fabulosity.
My favorite place in the world is Paris, and my favorite color is pink. I’m a night owl but get lonely when it gets too late.
I like lazy jammie days. I believe in God and am thankful for his hand on my life. I believe that life is too short to be anything but happy, and I’m thankful that chronic liver disease and the effects of a car accident have taught me important values that most people learn far too late. I hope that the world will find hope.
My idea of a good day is one in which i made someone smile. 🙂
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love you have literally poured upon me during the past weeks. I believe we get through this life by the grace of God and the special hearts of each other. I couldn’t have made it this far without all of your love and your prayers to our Almighty God. I love you, my sweet readers.
Photo courtesy of Stepka Photography, (c) 2010