To the Editor:
In January 2013, I was diagnosed with a disease that affects the blood going through the arteries of the lung, which also caused my heart to fail. On Oct. 2, 2013, I was admitted to the Mayo hospital in Minnesota. On Jan. 10, 2014, I had heart and double lung transplant. I spent 135 days in the hospital and another 2 3/4 months in outpatient treatment.
I came home on May 2, 2014, seven months to the day I left, to a street lined with red and yellow ribbons.
There are so many people I need to thank for their support. The Northwest Herald for writing a story on me back in February, bringing organ donation some exposure. My wife, Linda, who had to deal with all the stuff at home, working as a nurse, keeping the house running, worrying about me. It put a lot of stress on her and there are not enough words to express my love and admiration for what she has done for me. My daughter, Paula, and my son, Christopher, along with their spouses, Chris and Jamie. My in-laws, Marv and Marian. My sister, Debbie, and my brother, Keith. My relatives and neighbors, I am forever grateful.
Last but not least, I thank the donor family for giving me the unselfish gift of life. I’m thinking of others in a tragic time for them.
Please, if you are not an organ donor, become one and save a life today.