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Amy’s 40th

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2017 at 4:31 am

Amy was my transplant mentor. When I met her I was waiting for my first transplant, and she was awaiting her second, something to me which seemed unfathomable at the time.

She demonstrated to me how someone can have complete grace under pressure. Always polite, always modest, always dedicated to staying hopeful and helpful. She was my mentor! And when my second trasplant came around, she again was my mentor. She showed me that it CAN be done twice and that I should believe. She gave me a necklace with the word “believe” on it.

She always dressed stylishly and loved to shop, and to hang out with her family and two dogs, or as we call them “furbabies”.  Like me, Amy also grew up with Cystic Fibrosis but on Canada’s East Coast. We met in Toronto where the big transplant facility is, and so in effect she had to transplant herself to Toronto before she could have lung transplant! (I can’t even imagine the culture shock and added hurdles of lifestyle change that came with relocating to the big city.) She always managed to smile even on the rough days it seemed.

Amy loved walking, and  riding motorbikes, and her handsome and supportive husband.  She had many hurdles, but enjoyed several extra years of love and life until she passed away last summer at the age of 39. The team hoped Amy would be the patient who received an historic third transplant, but there were insurmountable medical hurdles.

Amy really wanted to turn forty.  This week would have been that birthday. I know technically she was in her 40th year when she passed, but she really wanted to see 4-0 on the top of a cake.  I hope she’s eating a big slice up in heaven and is free from oxygen hosing and can breath easily. Happy birthday in heaven, beauitful friend. Thank you for being you.