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Introduce Myself

  • 1.  Introduce Myself

    Posted 02-05-2019 11:34
    Good Morning Everyone! My name is Rhonda Lucas and I received a heart transplant May 1st 2017 at Vanderbilt Hospital. It's been a long journey and it will be nice to belong to a community where others have been on the same road!

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    Rhonda
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  • 2.  RE: Introduce Myself

    Posted 02-06-2019 12:21
    Rhonda,
    Welcome to the group and congratulations!!!!!! I had a heart transplant on April 18, 2016 and what a blessing it has been. I hope all is going well for you as well. If you ever want to talk or text - my number should be at the bottom of the page.
                   Heartfully, Dianna Amberg

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    Dianna Amberg
    Chapter 92 - President
    Mended Hearts
    Lebec, CA
    559-377-1535
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  • 3.  RE: Introduce Myself

    Posted 02-07-2019 11:04
    Dear Diana,
    Thank you for your response. It is a blessing indeed. I get to meet my donor's mother on Valentines Day in Nashville for the first time. They are having a memorial on Feb, 14 and they reserved a conference room for us so we could spend time together. I am very excited and nervous and am afraid I'll just break down like a baby. I am so grateful and feel like I will be overwhelmed with emotion. He was only 21 years old. His mother is so wonderful and so strong. I admire her so much. She is giving and kind and always thanks me for being Kevin's perfect match. Can you imagine she thanks me? How beautiful she must be inside and out. I want to thank her in person for being so amazing and having such an amazing son that he chose to be a donor.  I can send you links about him and the memorial if you like so you can know more. Enough about me though. Congratulations on getting a heart! How has your journey been? I don't know many others so that's why I joined mended hearts.
    Thinking of you with kindness
    Rhonda Lucas

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    Rhonda
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  • 4.  RE: Introduce Myself

    Posted 02-09-2019 07:02
    Rhonda,
    Congratulations!!! How exciting that you get to meet your Donor Family on Valentines Day. I had my Heart Transplant on May 9, 2011 and have reached out to my Donor Family but with no response. I honor my Donor by volunteering with both Mended Hearts and Donate Life Delaware. It's been an amazing getting this second chance at life and I hope you are enjoying yours.
    Sincerely,
    Bruce Schweiger

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    Bruce Schweiger
    Chapter 198 President
    Mended Hearts
    Newark, Delaware
    brucasa198@gmail.com
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  • 5.  RE: Introduce Myself

    Posted 03-13-2019 14:10
    Edited by David Richards 03-13-2019 14:11
    Hello Everyone, In the Mended Hearts World. I had open heart surgery in January of 2017, so I have been recovering of a while now. I have up and down times with the recovery. I became a Mended Heart Visitor for a year now. I like helping others with prepping and recovering for surgery.
    I have just joined this forum, looking forward to talking with fellow heart patients in the future.

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    David Richards
    Chapter 399 (Northwest Florida)
    Ft. Walton Beach FL
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  • 6.  RE: Introduce Myself

    Posted 03-14-2019 13:05
    Hi David, we're a fairly new chapter in Lancaster Pa.  We have been visiting OHS and TAVR patients for almost a year and a half. We have more members who want to visit so we need to expand our visiting areas. How do you go about visiting patients prepping for surgery? Do you also visit with their families? Thanks for sharing.
    Rod Martin
    Chapter 430