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  • April 13th 2013 was the day that my family dynamic forever changed. My mom received a heart transplant. Now going back two years before, she was very pro active with her health; she wanted to make sure she’d be around a very long time. So she decided to go to the doctor and they found out that she had irregular heartbeat uhh caused by from a disease when she was younger and she was going to need a pacemaker put in. So the pacemaker was put in and about two years later the doctors decided that it wasn’t really doing its justice and that she was going to need to be put on the transplant list and eventually get a new heart. Now this is came to a really big shock to us because as a family we never really thought it would get this bad or have to go this far. So we were assigned to a support group where we met a ton of other families going through the exact same thing. We had families that had already gone through the transplant and they were so helpful to me and my family. my dad and my brother. They told us you know kind of what to expect, and I know that not every story is the same. But they really helped us kind of how to prepare and what what’s going to happen. So three weeks later in April my mom got the phone call that there was a heart for her. And I will never forget the phone call, she called me right after and she goes Haley you’re never going to believe this. They have a heart for me. They have a heart for my in Lubbock, it has only been three weeks and I can’t believe that I am so blessed to be able to have a heart this soon. I told her that I was so proud of her and I told her that everything was going to be okay because going through something so major is a really really scary thing. So she went into surgery that night and I got the phone call 7oclock the next morning that the surgery went very well, everything is okay and that she is in recovery. And going through that as a family for a month after her being in the hospital we have learned to grow together and really grow up. I mean I’m very young and I feel like I’m a mom now. To having to take care of her, the roles were switched and life you look at life in a totally different way. So six months after post transplant to this day she is having her good days and bad days. There is it’s still a struggle and it always will be, but if it wasn’t for her being proactive and wanting to live a healthy life and not being lazy and getting out there and doing things she wouldn’t be where she is today. And also it really thought me you have to rely on others, you know she had to rely on us to help her stay healthy you know do everyday things, and we had to rely on doctors for their smarts and everything to make sure that the surgery went successful. You can’t do everything in life by yourself and it’s important to have loved ones and people surrounded by people who are going to help you and make sure that you are going to stay on the right track.

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