4 Years On – Our Heart Transplant Life

4 Years On – Our Heart Transplant Life

This last week has been a really busy one. I’ve had so many appointments as I am faced with the possible return of my sarcoidosis, which I am now taking steroids until the results come in. I’ve been catching up with work and trying to meet deadlines for current collabs. I’ve been planning upcoming posts and scheduling those, it really has been a manic week!
One date this week that I will never forget is the 1st of October. Four years ago from this date was the day my husband lay on a theatre table and underwent his heart transplant.

Four Very Precious Years On

If you are not a regular reader then you can catch up here on my husband’s heart transplant story. I often sit back and think right back to when it all happened. It still feels as though it was yesterday. The deep feeling of worry in the pit of my stomach, consumed with anxiety to the point where I felt sick not knowing whether my husband Craig would pull through this massive operation.
Embracing my what was then ‘baby bump’ not knowing if Craig would even meet our unborn son. I still get tearful now at the very thought of it all. It was the scariest rollercoaster of emotions that I have ever had to deal with in my entire life.

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”.

Having to see Jayden’s little face as he watched his daddy getting thinner and thinner. Month after month of not having daddy at home anymore and asking if his daddy’s heart would be fixed soon. And then….whilst my brother and I were sitting with Craig at his hospital bedside, our transplant team ran over and said ‘those words’. The words that everybody on the urgent transplant list prayers for on a daily basis. Those words were ‘We have a match!’.

Again another array of emotions came over me. I was happy, relieved, excited, thankful! I was scared shitless for Craig, scared for myself and what was to come. I was sad, for the family of the donor, knowing that somebody had to say goodbye to their loved one. I was so very grateful, for their brave and selfless decision to help somebody else during their time of sadness and grief.

Four years have passed by so quickly and we have made the very most of every single day! And will continue to do so in honour of our donor.

Happy 4th heart anniversary to my husband, my best friend, my soul mate. May there be many many more to follow. x



  1. Aditya October 5, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    This is a truly inspiring post. Kudos to both of you!

  2. Maarjte October 5, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    So glad things are going well for you! Must be terrifying to have your husband go into surgery for a heart transplant…

  3. Julia October 5, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    I’ve been blessed enough to have good health in our little family so far. I couldn’t imagine dealing with something like this.

  4. Sheree October 5, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    This is an amazing post, thank you for sharing your story with us, Happy Heartaversary to your husband!

    ~xo Sheree

  5. Chloe Taylor October 5, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    What a wonderful post, I am so pleased that everything worked out well for your husband. Wishing you many happy years together. xx

  6. Neda October 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Heartwarming post, thank you for sharing. <3

  7. Monidipa Dutta October 5, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    That was so heartfelt and beautifully written. I must say he is lucky to have you.

  8. HilLesha October 5, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that your husband is thriving! I love reading success stories like this. Thank you for sharing your story!

  9. Megan October 5, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Wow, these feelings must be so deep and incredible for you right now. I’m so happy you guys. <3

  10. angel October 6, 2018 / 12:02 am

    glad you survived! god is really good. god bless your beautiful family!

  11. Annabel October 6, 2018 / 12:16 am

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this. You really never really know how strong you are until you’re left with no choice. Happy 4th heart anniversary to your husband!

  12. Emily Fata October 6, 2018 / 3:02 am

    This is such an incredible story. Thank you for taking the time and being brave enough to share it with us all.

  13. Faneshia October 6, 2018 / 4:43 am

    My prayers are with you. I love how you really cherish every moment given! Stay strong and keep moving forward. I wish you and your family the best.

  14. Rachael Simmons October 6, 2018 / 8:35 am

    I work in a secondary school and one of my students has just come back after having a heart transplant, she’s doing great! So happy for her 🙂

  15. Catherine Santiago Jose October 6, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Such an amazing life story to tell for us. I am glad that you and your husband are doing great. I salute the family of your donor for the good thing that they have done for you. Happy 4th heart Anniversary to your husband and may God bless him more.

  16. Maria hackett October 6, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    OMG!!! I can’t imagine what you all went through 4 years ago. So pleased everything is ok and you all are enjoying every minute xx

  17. Joanna October 6, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I can’t imagine how stressful and fearful the waiting for the heart must have been. It is also such a hard surgery. I am glad that your husband has got a new heart and that he is able to see his family grow next to him.

  18. Dhiraj Thapa October 6, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post, I really appreciate both of you.

  19. Diana Tidswell October 6, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    First of all Happy 4th Heart Anniversary to you and especially to your husband. Second, I salute the family of the donor for helping others despite their sadness. Your husband is so lucky to find one and I hope he will be fine for a lifetime.

  20. Blushblushtomato October 6, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Prayers be with you and your husband, appreciate every moments is all we can do <3

  21. Laura Milton October 6, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    What a very inspirational and brave post. Happy Anniversary to you both xxx

  22. Pat October 6, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing your touching story, and best wishes for the years ahead for your family.

  23. Preet October 7, 2018 / 4:29 am

    Wow, This is totally a heartwarming story. congratulations on your 4th year. you are such a strong person and truly an inspiration.

  24. Elle October 7, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    I’m wishing you good health and lots of support. Stay strong and continue being courageous.

  25. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin October 7, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Oh gosh Jayne, this made me really emotional to read! It must have been absolutely awful waiting for a transplant, and then the surgery and recovery after that. Thank goodness for modern medical science. And I hope that it will be able to help with your sarcoidosis too, if your tests prove it to be that. Sending strength and hugs! X
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  26. Karen Morse October 8, 2018 / 8:28 am

    There’s nothing like going through tough times together as a family. I hope he continues to recover and that you guys will be able to do more things together as the years pass.

  27. Carol October 8, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Reading your post I felt your fear, your pain, and your happiness. Happy 4th! I’m praying you have countless more anniversaries of the miracle of life. #MMBC

  28. Anne October 8, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    When you have to go through something like this it always sticks firmly in your mind. I’m glad Craig came through so well. I’m sorry to hear you are not well though.

  29. Erica D Ardali October 8, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    That sounds so scary!! but I love how you soildered on through the process and managed to stay sportive

  30. Cheryl Thompson October 11, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Wow. I didn’t know. What an amazing story and anniversary, but at the same time I feel for the other family remembering that day too. I can’t begin to imagine how you must have felt at the time, and I am glad it has worked out well and the boys can enjoy having their father around. Such an emotional story. A day to celebrate for sure. #MMBC

  31. Lynda.Graham October 14, 2018 / 7:28 am

    God Bless you all and Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

  32. Catherine Lanser October 15, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    We celebrated a one year anniversary of a triple bypass at the same time. So thankful for modern medicine! Happy for you and your family.

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