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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

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35 Comments

  1. Kim Carberry

    October 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    It sounds like a hectic week for you!
    Happy 4th heart anniversary to Craig! Sending massive hugs to you both xx
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  2. Aditya

    October 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm

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

  3. Maarjte

    October 5, 2018 at 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…

  4. Julia

    October 5, 2018 at 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.

  5. Sheree

    October 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  6. Chloe Taylor

    October 5, 2018 at 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

  7. Neda

    October 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Heartwarming post, thank you for sharing. <3

  8. Monidipa Dutta

    October 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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

  9. HilLesha

    October 5, 2018 at 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!

  10. Justin Taylor

    October 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I can’t imagine the wait for the match

  11. Megan

    October 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm

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

  12. angel

    October 6, 2018 at 12:02 am

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

  13. Annabel

    October 6, 2018 at 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!

  14. Emily Fata

    October 6, 2018 at 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.

  15. Faneshia

    October 6, 2018 at 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.

  16. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    October 6, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Happy anniversary, and may husband live life to the fullest and the healthiest he can be. 🙂
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  17. Rachael Simmons

    October 6, 2018 at 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 🙂

  18. Catherine Santiago Jose

    October 6, 2018 at 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.

  19. Maria hackett

    October 6, 2018 at 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

  20. Joanna

    October 6, 2018 at 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.

  21. Dhiraj Thapa

    October 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

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

  22. Diana Tidswell

    October 6, 2018 at 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.

  23. Blushblushtomato

    October 6, 2018 at 3:25 pm

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

  24. Laura Milton

    October 6, 2018 at 6:44 pm

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

  25. Pat

    October 6, 2018 at 7:33 pm

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

  26. Preet

    October 7, 2018 at 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.

  27. Elle

    October 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm

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

  28. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin

    October 7, 2018 at 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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  29. Karen Morse

    October 8, 2018 at 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.

  30. Carol

    October 8, 2018 at 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

  31. Anne

    October 8, 2018 at 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.
    #mmbc

  32. Erica D Ardali

    October 8, 2018 at 7:21 pm

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

  33. Cheryl Thompson

    October 11, 2018 at 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

  34. Lynda.Graham

    October 14, 2018 at 7:28 am

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

  35. Catherine Lanser

    October 15, 2018 at 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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