Today started as a same ol’ same ol’ day at the hospital.  The kids came down for a visit and I started my daily walk. I’ve walked in circles all around the 4th floor since I got here 34 days ago. I’ve walked anywhere from 1-3 miles each day. My nurses tell me all the time that the more I exercise now the easier it will be for me to recover after my transplant. Today I was walking with my friend Deb from across the hall. Deb is a 1a also waiting for a heart here at Saint Luke’s. As Deb and I were finishing up a lap we saw two of the transplant coordinators, Jennifer and Julie, standing in the hall. We instantly became suspicious as they never travel together. Deb immediately asked, “Do you have hearts for both us?” and Jennifer replied “no” but ended our walks and shuttled us to our rooms.

Jennifer came in my room moments later with a smile on her face. I asked, “Jennifer do you have my heart?” She said, “I do.” Mary Ann was standing next to me and I started crying. I held her tight and cried. A few moments later Dan said, “Don’t worry baby girl, Mommy’s crying happy tears.” I looked her in the eyes and was finally able to tell her that I would be getting my new heart and I would be coming home soon.

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Hugging Mary Ann after hearing my new heart was coming!
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Jennifer telling me I would be getting my new heart!
February 15 2015 I was told that I would receive my new heart. My mom, dad, Daniel and kids were here for the best news of my life. Although I got the big news today I won’t actually be in surgery until after midnight. I am leaving two dear friends on the 4th floor on St. Luke’s waiting for a new heart. A friend of ours, mother of two, is facing her own heart battle in Salina. For all of you who have prayed for me, please pray for them as well.

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Last family photo with my old heart!
If you’re reading this, I am out of surgery and Dan has posted this blog post for me. I will be out of contact for a few days while I recover. I look forward to talking to everyone and I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to everyone who has supported me my family! I will see you all soon!

Courage, dear heart. ~C.S.Lewis

26 thoughts on “#689

  1. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praying for a healthy recovery! Saying prayers for all! Love you & can’t wait until you are back “online”!!! ” Flip & Flop”💕

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  2. Oh my goodness sweet Jenna. I am crying tears and tears for you. What a blessing. I must have been channeling my inner Jenna because I had a dream last night that you had a new heart we went shopping at the mall. I cannot wait to come see you at St. Luke’s in recovery here when you are up for visitors. Congratulations !!!

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  3. Oh my Sweet Heart Friend, me and my Angel Heart from 02/04/2015 are jumping, shouting for joy and praying for you!!!!!!💔+💞=💖

    Good is great!!!

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  4. Jenna,
    Gods blessing to you …. I will continue praying for the journey you are now on with your new heart.

    Respectfully,
    Gail Dicus

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  5. Ever since Aimmie posted your blog link on Facebook I’ve been reading your blog. I started at the beginning and couldn’t stop (and then reread most of it to John when he got home from work!) I’ve been checking everyday hoping I would see that you got your new heart!! You are such an inspiration and your positivity through all of this was amazing! We are so very happy for you, Dan and your babies! Here’s to a speedy recovery!!

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  6. Ever since Aimmie posted your blog link on the Love Yourself Facebook page I’ve been following your blog. From being in 1/4 Cav I knew you had a heart condition but I didn’t know how bad it was until she posted that. So I decided to start at the beginning and I couldn’t stop until I had read the whole thing (and then reread a lot of it to John when he got home). I’ve been checking the blog frequently hoping that I would see that your received your new heart. You are such an inspiration and your positivity throughout this whole process is amazing!! We are so very happy for you, Dan and your babies!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

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  7. Jenna, Jess and Cathy have kept me up to date since you entered the hospital…..your name was placed on our choir prayer list several weeks ago…..prayers have been prayed and this Sunday when I was able to tell the choir that you had a new heart and progressing well there were many exclamations of “thank you Lord”….. you give me a whole new meaning to “Bless your heart”…..

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