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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:47 PM

I want to thank each and every person who wish me well in my thread about my Lung Transplant...

I got some good news, some sobering news and also clarified a whole bunch of what will be happening in the next few years.

I'm still trying to get my head around all that happened today and I don't want to set it out for everyone before I have it all clear in my own mind.

I guess what I wanted to say is that before I left to head over to the Cleveland Clinic I took a peek at my post from the night before and I was overwhelmed by all the support.

I felt as if I had a village behind me because that is what it takes to help people through life changing moments.

I have to admit that I was a cynic until I found DU. And I have to admit that I thought the notes of good wishes that make DU so human to so many of us were just toss away notions, ephemeral nothings, if you will.

But after all the support I have received from people here and the friends I have made off the board who are connected to DU makes my life richer.

I promise I will be laying out what is going to happen in the next few months in greater detail when i put a day or two between today and how I tell everybody what happened. I have a lot of Friends who read my blog for so many posts that I feel explaining everything on a post would satisfy people here and in all the other parts of my life that have converged on my blog.

I am exhausted both physically and emotionally and I need to take a breath and try to fall asleep.

Again, thank you all for being there for me....

Christopher Green

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Reply I want to thank each and every person who wish me well in my thread about my Lung Transplant... (Original post)
WCGreen Nov 2012 OP
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Ohio Joe Nov 2012 #10
ThoughtCriminal Nov 2012 #11
Voice for Peace Nov 2012 #12
Warpy Nov 2012 #13
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #15
Warpy Nov 2012 #64
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KT2000 Nov 2012 #16
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Whovian Nov 2012 #19
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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:56 PM

1. Please keep us posted.

We need you here.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:59 PM

2. We are hopeful for a great outcome. Bless you...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:00 PM

3. Know That The Rest Of Us, Are Here For You...









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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:01 PM

4. Hope the good news outweighs everything else.

Good luck!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:02 PM

5. k&r...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:02 PM

6. SOMEONE IS ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU MY SWEET

yes INDEED

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:02 PM

7. I KNOW exactly what you went through today. I was THE major member of my sister's support team

for her transplant.

She lives near San Francisco, I live in Chicago but I was there for every appointment, every meeting, and every session.

Getting an organ donation is a grueling process. Its incredibly sobering and I'm still filled with awe at the level of concern and care by "the team" at the California Pacific Med Center who helped us every step of the way.

Feel free to PM me. My sister just got her double kidney/liver transplant in February so its all still very fresh for me.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:04 PM

8. Hugs

We are rooting fer ya fella, but you knew that.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:06 PM

9. Do get some rest, Chris....

We'll be here when you're ready to tell us what happened today...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:08 PM

10. You know we love you :)

My thoughts are with you.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:09 PM

11. Sleep well

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:16 PM

12. I think we kind of become part of each other, in that way, after months or years

of reading each others' words, quibbling and squabbling,
laughing and crying and rooting for the same teams, in
the end, from the heart -- so yes there is a village and you
are it.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:19 PM

13. I completely missed your "night before" post

so did you get your transplant? I have an acquaintance on another site who was wheeled into the operating room twice before they found a set of compatible lungs. I'm very happy to say she is doing very, very well and hope you are, too.

There are a few truly great online communities. DU is one of them, all of us clinging together as respite from a world full of hostile wingnuts. People here have helped me when I was down and I hope I've done the same for them.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:23 PM

15. Here's the link to his post from last night. No, he didn't get the transplant yet.

He went in today for testing and evaluating prior to getting on the transplant list.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021882387

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:18 AM

64. Thanks!

Transplant education and counseling is a big deal. People need to be able to take really good care of themselves after the operation and juggle a large number of drugs so that they can hang onto those new organs.

I imagine he's being kept really busy right now.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:22 PM

14. Yeah! Please keep us posted! Thank you for the report about what there is, so far.

I've found myself welcoming a fair number of new (or low-post-count) DUers, and mentioning this kind of thing.

DU will buoy you up. You're NOT alone with DU around. You can post at any time and somebody's always gonna be around, regardless what time of day or night it is.

So glad you let us share in the load-lifting!

Meantime, I will be lighting the green candle for you, and concentrating on what green signifies: health, renewal, spring, healing, reinvigoration, and rejuvenation.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:23 PM

16. Better late??

I too wish you well with your "health adventure."
Like they say - fasten your seatbelt!!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:23 PM

17. {{{{{Christopher}}}}}

I missed your earlier post but want you to know you can add me to those who will be thinking of you, sending good vibes, looking for updates, and doing what we can to help lighten your load.



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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:25 PM

18. May the road always rise to meet you!

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:25 PM

19. You're in my thoughts and I so know what you're talking about. nt

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:29 PM

20. Wow.

 


Didn't see that thread. You're a brave soul. That usually means you'll do just fine with things like this.

Good luck and spirits be with you.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:30 PM

21. We are here and pulling for your health and well being!

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:31 PM

22. .

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:31 PM

23. Were DU thats what we do!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:32 PM

24. Hugs.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:34 PM

25. xox...Wishing you all the best.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:36 PM

26. Hang in there Christopher.

I also missed your original post, but you know we are all here for you. This place truly is family. Right now you need to get all the rest you can and take care of yourself so you'll be as strong as possible for the surgery. It truly is all about you right now, so work it! We'll be here for you throughout the whole thing.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:38 PM

27. Sending positive vibes and hugs

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Response to livetohike (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:57 PM

45. Ditto

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:41 PM

28. that is one of the great things about DU.....we are here for each other...

I do not post on DU very often but I am here every day scouting out the news and comments and I have seen how the bloggers here support each other....

I hope you had a long restful, sleep.....and remember we are here for YOU! Bless you and your family....and please do keep us updated if you feel up to it!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:42 PM

29. We're here and

ready to learn when you are.


Threaded the transplant maze in '03 when my ex needed family to be near.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:43 PM

30. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts, as you travel this road you won't be alone. nt.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:48 PM

31. ..

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:49 PM

32. you are strong and we are here

Holding you in our thoughts and hearts.

By the way, I was looking for some stuff on DU2 and came across you and me kidding around in 2004! I was FizzFuzz back then.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:50 PM

33. Prayers happening!

It was stunning when they told me, almost six years ago, that part of my lung needed to be removed. There's no way such news is received casually. What you are facing is so much more daunting, and I'm pleased to join the ranks of those supporting you. My doctors have brought me through some awful stuff, and they all give the credit to my support system. Just keep reminding yourself that you are not alone.


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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:55 PM

34. I didn't see it, Chris, but here are some more good wishes.

Wouldn't want you to risk running out!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:56 PM

35. Rest well and keep us posted!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:57 PM

36. I missed your original thread. I am thinking of you! *hugs*

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:03 PM

37. Not too late to get my best wishes in?

Sorry, I was not online last night much, but did see your post and still want to wish you well. You're in good hands at the Cleveland Clinic.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:05 PM

38. Wishing you well

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:08 PM

39. Didn't catch your original OP, but all the best, WCGreen. Sending strength and courage your way.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #39)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:27 PM

41. let me second that, WC ---

late to the party, but strong with thoughts for you

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:15 PM

40. You rock!

The Cleveland Clinic performed a heart transplant on a friend of mine about four years ago. That place is AMAZING! But, of course, not as amazing as you are, my friend.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:29 PM

42. Get some rest. Keep us posted

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:33 PM

43. Here's hoping for your improved health and decades of happier times ahead.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:48 PM

44. Sincerely thinking about you

Rest Honey....that is so very important......

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:01 PM

46. Never got to

 

See your first post but I wish you well my friend. Now get healthy and lets keep kicking republican ass.
I would like to add your name and avatar frickin rocks.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:02 PM

47. I missed it the first time around


K&R!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:04 PM

48. K&R! Beautifully said.

Wishing you all the luck in the world with all you're facing. Sounds like a rough road, but totally worth it. Thanks for keeping us up to speed and always remember how many DUers are behind you and care. That's got to count!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:22 PM

49. Good luck and prayers for you.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:25 PM

50. Cleveland Clinic

is wonderful! Great you will be able to
get your transplant there..thoughts and prayers
for you and your transplant team from me.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:27 PM

51. I saw that & didn't post to you, 'cause I'm just about maxed-out worrying about folks &

could not think what to say with sincerity, but you made it through and I can handle that.

I'm so glad to know that you can see the way now and I hope you will give DU and me more opportunities to add my support to your progress.

The gifts of AllOne to you, Christopher . . .

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:33 PM

52. My thoughts are with you

hugs, good vibes and best wishes.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:33 PM

53. I know exactly what you mean.

When my husband of 47 years died, DU was wonderful to me. I will never forget it, and we will not forget you. Hang tight, friend.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:34 PM

54. Wow. Good news. Touching post.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:45 PM

55. Good thoughts your way

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:58 PM

56. (((GOOD VIBES)))

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:03 PM

57. I am a transplant nurse

Livers, kidneys and pancreas's (we're going to have a small bowl transplant center as well)

I wish you the best for you and you're loved ones. I'll be thinking of you as well.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:17 AM

58. Godspeed on your journey to health and wellness my friend.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #58)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:23 PM

69. + 1 n/t

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:19 AM

59. I wish you the best!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:23 AM

60. All the best, always



Hekate

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:25 AM

61. take your time, honey. We will be here. We are with you always.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:37 AM

62. Just read about your transplant

I wish you the best for the surgery and that your life will become better afterwards!! Keep us posted if possible and know that you are in our thoughts.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:14 AM

63. a sense of community like this is what life is all about

I'm glad you got good news to balance the sobering news. You're living life at the edge right now--it's so scary, and so intense and vivid, which is a blessing and a curse--but you have a lot of people on your side cheering you on.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:17 PM

65. Good luck!

And I hope you recuperate crazy fast!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:20 PM

66. Rest easy, old pal.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:55 PM

67. Good vibes to you and your family.

I have been on the family end of a transplant (my baby sis), so I know what they are going through as well.

Best wishes.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:20 PM

68. Wishing you the absolute best. Keep us posted.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:39 PM

70. I found out that DU is so much more than some impersonal site of like-minded folks

DU saved me and my cats a few months ago. We faced eviction due to a large, one-time bill from my husband's nursing home and I couldn't pay rent + that bill. DU member's unbelievable generosity saved my home and for that I will be forever grateful. Please know we're with you through this enormous challenge. I wish you nothing but the best, Christopher.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:02 PM

71. we are all there with you

and for you. Damn, you are brave. Best wishes, godspeed on this journey, and god bless.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:43 PM

72. Good luck to you, and rest easy.

DU will always have your back. It's the best reason in the world to be a member.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:56 PM

73. WC, its been 8+ years on DU with you & there were many a time you kept me & others informed &

...from going insane during the Bush Cheney years.

Since that time, I have gone through (and survived) Melanoma, and much more. You will come through this surgery with beautiful pink lungs that will help bring Oxygen through to your body and give you many more years with us on DU, with your friends and your family....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:08 PM

74. I didn't reply to the previous post. I find the thought of what you're going through too much.

When I was young I thought the scariest thing would be to have to have a lung transplant. I don't even think they did them yet. But I had an imagination. I just couldn't bring myself to even comment in your thread.

But I honestly feel a sense of kinship for those of us who have been on this forum all of these years. I hope all of the best for you. I've had my "little" share of health issues over the last ten years, and I know what it's like to live a life of discomfort. I sure hope this works for you. I also hope that it gives you time to live life again.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:53 AM

75. I didn't see that thread but I did see this one...Get plenty of rest my friend

You definitely have best wishes from our household tonight....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:38 AM

76. I send the warmest good wishes to you. Take care.

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