(brian)a couple weeks after they took the transplant, they took the, the pager away I wound up at hospice because the said, well, there’s, you know, you’re going to smoke, and there’s really nothing else we can do for you. You just need to go to hospice and live out.
The rest of your days there until you die, and that was it. My wife, is, she’s the rock. She pulled me out of the hospice situation. She gave me the strength that I needed to keep living. throat clearing Probably about a year after I got out of hospice that we realized maybe I’m not going to die right away.
And that if i’m going to live, I better get rid of these cigarettes, and give myself a chance to live. The problems still continued to get worse. I stopped smoking and that was all, that was great, and my lungs said thank you.
But, as the months and years go by I was getting sicker and weaker. So, I called my cardiologist and I said, I oughta probably be on a heart transplant list and I asked him what he thought and he said, Yeah, let’s go ahead and give it another try.
And, uh, we started the process again. But, it took a while. We didn’t know if I was going to survive long enough to get the heart transplant. And I finally got the call. They said, Brian, we’ve got good news for you.
We think we have a new heart for you. Can you be here at two o’clock? And, it’s, it’s shocking; it’s an amazing feeling. By the time I got to the , some other of our friends and family had shown up. And then the comes in,.
And says, okay, the heart is here, it’s time to go. And that’s when you realize it gets real, real fast then. The kids came and gave me a hug, almost like a goodbye hug. Friends did the same thing. My wife, Denise, gave me a hug goodbye. Then they, then they, wheeled me off.
It was quite an experience, quite an experience. If I can survive all the things I’ve been through, hospice, surgeries, everything. and I come out the other side alive, there’s hope for you. Get rid of those cigarettes. You got to be committed to decide to stop.
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