About Me

Were you a member of our Forum on http://TransplantBuddies.com

No


Where did you hear about Transplant Friends?

self ( research)


Are You Male or Female?

Female


Share - which illness led up to you needing a transplant?

I was diagnosed in 2008 for cirrhosis of the liver. Shortly after, I started treatment at all at Loma Linda to get on the trans- plant list. when I was diagnosed I was given no more than 5 years to live. After years of tests and what Not's...I was pretty much just waiting to die. Until my Mom was in a terrible accident on September 12, 2010 in which she laid in a coma, then on September 20th my family decided that it was time to let my Mom go.... on Tuesday the 21st /22nd of September, my Mom not only gave me life again, she also saved two more precious Angels with a...Pancreas/Kidney.


Which Organ(s) did you receive? If you are on the waiting list, please share.

Liver


Drugs, vitamins, favorite foods

Prograf ( tacrolimus), Protonix, Cellcept, lopressor, novolog, aspirin, mg- plus, vitamin D....I love, love Mexican food....


How many years have you had your Transplant for?

5 1/2 years


I am Interested in Transplant Friends because...

I am, to my own knowledge the only Mother / Daughter Transplant of my kind. I was 48 at the time and my mother was turning 70. I just feel that there is not enough knowledge/ in theory /to hold true too, my lifetime treatments? I feel that, not enough studies have been done in my case. Although I have made it my life long promise to myself, to find out how I can live a long and healthy life style without any other complications given the fact that, most of my anti rejection drugs carry some very serious ones.


Which Transplant Center has or will perform your life saving surgery?

UCLA/ Ronald Regan Center


Share how your transplant experience changed your life?

I am Blessed No Dought!!! but - It taught me that there is so much more in life... than what we sometimes take advantage of. It has also, taught me that, Life is indeed a Gift..and..we should embrace what God has given us - because - No body knows what tomorrow brings...Not even me!!! I am forever grateful to " All" the wonderful people that have been part of my journey and I now know that, I am also extra lucky, that God choose my Mom💜 as One of " My Angels" to help guide me through the rest of my life!!!


Share whatever information you want us to know about you

I remember the day that the doctor told me I only had 5 years to live- I didn't believe him?--Then-- throughout those 5 years later, I found myself in & out the Emergency Room at least 2-3 times a WEEK getting blood transfusions for the next 4-5 years...One of my last experiences in the ER was right before my transplant & I can remember- not sure why, I remember this ( because at my stage, which doctors later predicted, I only had a couple of months left & when your liver decreases, so does your brain cells/ memory included) that, that night was probably going to be my last, especially because I was throwing up so much blood that, the doctor turned and walked out when he saw me...Not much hope there...but..God Bless the nurse that night, that never gave up hope on me! After having 4 pints of blood put back in me, I was sent back on my way home...pretty much to died? It was that night, that I remembered calling all my friends and family & telling them goodbye, without letting them know what my " true faith " would soon be!!! Then, a week later my Mother got into that fatal car crash & I was so sick that, I think nothing registered to me as to what was really going on? Long story short...I remember everybody rallying around my Mom - but - Also, in short...asking me if, she didn't make it, would I be willing to receive her liver??? It all seemed to be going so fast...it still seem like a Big Blur...a week later...My husband and I were on our way to UCLA and 2 1/2 weeks later...than that, I was at home...with our newly adopted Son 💜 - which - we were in the process of adopting before I was diagnosed with liver disease...So - not only was I " Blessed By My Mom..for the second time...I was Also Blessed By God / with a Beautiful Baby Boy!!!" So, you see...I am trying to research and find a way that I can continue to live my life to the fullest/ given my situation...meaning...I still do have a few complications from my transplant that will always be life changing for me..but...through the years, I have adjusted...I want to share and learn from others & maybe I can inspire or pick up some knowledge that might help me along the way too...Stay Healthy & Be Healthy!!!


Share your interests and hobbies

I love rescueing Animals, Painting has become one of my passions, and My Son just made the Cadet USA team in taekwondo last year, so watching him work on his goals inspires me to be better than I was, yesterday!!!


What Part of The World Do you Live? Feel free to share city, state, country

Bakersfield, California, USA


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  • awe...thank you all ou all...for the kind words of welcome!
  • Hello Christi

    Welcome to Transplants Friends and congratulations on a successful Tx! May you enjoy many, many years in good health.

  • Greetings and Welcome to Transplants Friends Christi. 2917556?profile=original

  • Thank You for letting me join this amazing group. I have research & researched for a site like yours. I hope I can learn things and maybe bring some new things to the table. Thank you again, Rise.
  • The story that I am remembering could also have been that the parent received a heart from their child.

  • Hello Christi

    WOW! What an incredible story. I felt like I was reading a script from a movie.  I have only heard of one case where a child received a heart from her father or something like that but that story was in the news about 19 years ago.

    Thank you for joining us!

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