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Thought of the day 5.27.14

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It is with heavy heart I am writing this. Last night my (our time) passed away. She was 58.

A week ago she was admitted with an intracranial bleed as a result of an aneurysm. They did what needed to be done, but unfortunate the outcome was different than what we wanted/wished for.

My brother made the brave decision to - in her spirit - to donate her organs. She was a very healthy person, so today because of my brother and his family there are someone in Europe who will have a new lease on life because of my sister in law.

What I would like for you to do - rather than send your sympathy to me and my family ... think about what you can do should this happen to you.

First make sure you have a living will and a power of attorney. Let your family know what YOU want - and have it in writing and consider if you want to be an organ donor.

Let me tell you an organ donation story. A young man in his 20's was diagnosed with lymphoma - received chemo which caused him to have heart failure so bad that he needed a heart transplant. The transplant was successful and since his transplant he has completed an ironman triathlon. - all because of a decision by a family to donate someone's heart.

"Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live" - Kumbel

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    Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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B-N-ME 5/29/2014 6:24AM

    I am sorry for your loss. In Canada (Ontario at least) you not only receive a form asking you to be an organ donor when you renew your license each year, they also ask you. My hubby works for this facet of the gov't and they promote the same extensively.
Thank you for taking another opportunity to share this important message!

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COOP9002 5/28/2014 10:42AM

    Thanks for sharing such an important reminder.

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TTLEELEE 5/27/2014 10:10PM

    Thank you for the reminder Jan.
Continued peace & blessings.

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YMWONG22 5/27/2014 9:39PM

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