I have decided to write a short story as to why we have down sized our herd and why there aren't nearly as many new pictures of our does.
Four years ago I was diagnosed with emphzema or COPD. It started with me just having trouble breathing running after the goats or any other physical activity. It gradually got to a point where I was on oxygen 24/7 with a 150 ft. hose. Some show people, I'm sure remember tripping over the hose several times. You always knew where I was, just follow the hose! Towards the end of 2013 I was restricted to the house and was unable to help Rick in any way. I couldn't even sweep the floor or wash clothes. I even had to cut my hair off because I could no longer breathe in the shower and wash it without help. Unbenounced to me, the Dr. only gave me weeks to live.
And then I got the call from Baylor Hospital in Dallas that a lung was available. But they will always worn you that it could be a dry run and that there could be complications with the donor lung and you could be sent back home. Thank the Lord that was not my case. On Feb.14, 2014 I was given a second chance at life because of a donor!! I don't know anything about my donor except she was 28 and had complications during a routine surgery. The Lord provided me with a perfect match as I have not had any rejection issues!! It has now been nearly 3 years and I'm doing great!!!. I am once again able to help Rick with chores and even went back to riding my horse!
I was a donor but can no longer be one because of all the anti-rejection medications I must take. But I will gladly take over 30 meds a day to have this second chance, which would never have happened had this young lady not been a donor. I don't know her name but I have named my lung Esther and I celebrate her birthday on the 14th of Feb. She turned 30 this year. And I will continue to honor her every year that I have!
So, enjoy every day and thank the Lord for them. BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR and give someone else a second chance at life!!