This past weekend Kevin and I went to the annual Cedars Sinai Heart & Lung Transplant holiday party. "A Celebration of Life." There must've been at least 250 + people there... heart & lung transplant recipients, their family members, nurses, doctors, their family members. It was so wonderful to see the nurses & doctors in regular people clothes. No green or blue scrubs. No white coats.
|Berni (NP), Rho (VAD team), Kev, |
& Mel (VAD team)
The evening started and we were at a table with other heart transplant recipients. One was transplanted the day after Kevin. They were both newbies. The other three heart recipients at our table were five years, nine years, and ten years post transplant. It's amazing. An instant bond with transplant recipients just like those with a VAD.
|Me, Charito (VAD team), Kev|
Another man that was called to the stage was Dr. Czer. We knew him from our LVAD days. We still see him post transplant on the days he's in clinic. He asked for a moment of silence for all of our donor families. This brought tears to several people's eyes. So many people in such a difficult time... made the generous decision to donate life to each & every one of those heart & lung transplant recipients in that room. Quite a powerful moment indeed.
|Dr. Esmailian & Kevin|
|Me, Kev, & Dr. Cheng (aka rock star)|
At the end of the evening, we got to mingle and say hello to other doctors and nurses. One pictured to the right is with Dr. Cheng. In our house, he's a rock star. He's the doctor that found Kevin's pheochromocytoma tumor. The cause of Kevin's heart failure. By finding the tumor when he did, he literally saved Kevin from another heart transplant. Had it gone undetected then we most likely would've been back. So you can see why we refer to him as a rock star.
|Dr. Moriguchi & Kev|
You know, a year ago we were living with an LVAD. Today, thanks to modern medicine, the 45+ people at Cedars Sinai Medical Center that saved Kevin's life, and our donor family....well, my little family of four gets to "wake up where the clouds are far behind us" and "where troubles melt like lemon drops" because the dream that we dared to dream of Kevin getting a second chance at life....... it really did come true.
|My little family of four.|