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Thread #85615   Message #1587198
Posted By: Ferrara
20-Oct-05 - 04:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
Bill and I just read these posts and we both got mushy and teary eyed. A lot of memories are coming back today.

You know, before I got my heart, I used to talk to my body, especially my immune system, which is the system that "rejects" a new organ. I would say, "Okay, guys, we are going to get a new member of the family, and I want you to welcome it. My old heart has done a wonderful job and held up very well in spite of a lot of problems, and I am very grateful, but this new heart will keep us going a lot longer. It will be part of us, not an intruder, so let's all welcome it." I visualized this heart settling in with no problems.

It turned out to be a perfect fit for me, a "textbook match" as I said, in fact the actual surgery was only about 3 and a half hours because it all fit so well.

My doctor told me not to worry whne the biopsies showed minor rejection, because "No one ever has zero rejection." Well, there have been a few blips, and one moderately serious bit of rejection, but I had zero rejection at my first heart biopsy, and I still had zero rejection at my latest biopsy last March.

Well I've been lucky twice in my partners, haven't I?