Posts under ‘Suzanne’s Journey of Hope’

My Transplant Recovery – Phase-1

Yesterday, August 2, 2016 was a huge milestone in my recovery, it was the end of my first phase of recovery – “Home Health”. I was first discharged from Speech Therapy a few weeks ago when I had surgery on my paralyzed vocal chord, then from HH-Nursing last week, then last but certainly not least, Physical […]

“You gave me a new song”…

One month update…  “You gave me a new song”… A friend surprised me with this beautiful gift a few days ago – she had it made just for me after my transplants & it says it all. As many of you know, one month ago today, i received the gift of life through the miraculous […]

Alice…

It has taken me a while to write about this for many reasons. You may need to refer back to a post from June 14, 2014 to recall but, I talk about my prayer warrior “Mrs. Alice” who has kept me going through this very long & painful journey. On May 18th, I was on […]

“Please! Let Me Off This Roller Coaster”…

Up, Down, Up, Down, Flip, Flop, Down, Down, Down, Up??? Going from the excitement of referral for active listing for liver transplant, to finding out that I will possibly need a double organ transplant (liver & a kidney – I was not completely surprised about the kidney – worried? oh yes, very much so! But […]

Lipstick & Sunglasses…

One of the things that my mom always told me was…. “no matter how bad you look or feel, as long as you have a pair of sunglasses, a pretty shade of lipstick, hold your head up, & smile and you will be okay”. I remember so clearly before she passed away as she was […]

So my life is still on hold. But is it really?…

Okay, first of all, I am committing to at least one post on my journey of hope per month… easier to write, read, & just more efficient altogether. So hopefully, this will be the last of the “long-winded” blog posts. Somedays I look back and can hardly believe that I am still on this journey […]

The Lesser of Two Evils…

The past few months have been a challenge for me because I constantly talk about joy & hope but honestly sometimes, even with my best effort it is difficult to feel it. So much has been going on with school starting,  kids activities, and dealing with my constant health issues that trying to balance it […]

Making Changes…

Change can be scary, painful, overwhelming, or change can be great but we have to go through changes in life in order to grow. It has been quite a while since I have posted a blog in my journey of hope. This has been a long journey… much longer than I ever expected and sometimes […]

Milestones and Memories…

To get through the toughest journey we need only to take one step at the time but we MUST keep on stepping…I saw this today & stopped for a moment to reflect on how much this describes my life today. As my health continues to decline, it is much more difficult to mask the symptoms […]

“God Winks”…

A few months ago, I received a request from Reverend Duckworth to speak at her church, Grace United Methodist in Natchez about “Faces of Hope for Life” for the Lenten season.  Although I was honored by this request, I am not a “public speaker” so I was quite hesitant at first to say the least. […]

“Finding Joy – the story behind Faces of Hope for Life”…

I was recently interviewed by one of my spiritual mentors, Steve Casteel for “The United Methodist Hour – Time that Makes the Difference” for a two-part series on finding Joy and to help promote organ donation awareness. Actually, the story behind my blog started with this television ministry because when I heard Steve’s message on […]

Thanksgiving 2011 – “Clarity & Time”…

As I sit here in my “happy place” thinking about this Thanksgiving, I can name so many things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, most of which I am thankful for each & every day and I can name them all almost in a rhyming fashion on each & every Thanksgiving day… my family, […]

#5 – Six hundred and twenty-two prayers…

I have always “prided” myself in being “strong” but I have learned that there is a fine line between being a “strong” person and having a “cold or hardened” heart.  I now realize this because I feel like in an attempt to protect myself, I have come really close to crossing that line. I was […]

#4 – I thought I could handle anything and everything until liver failure changed everything for me….

It was late January 2010 and I had been feeling more fatigued than usual & had lost approximately 18lbs since October 2009 but I had just gone for a follow-up visit at the transplant center in New Orleans – my liver enzymes at that visit were elevated but no more than they had been for […]

#3 – Whew, that was a close one! I never thought I would be “thankful” for Liver Disease…

It was 2005 and I was very busy with life which included caring for my mother who suffered with Huntington’s disease which is a genetic disease. If you are the son or daughter of someone with HD, there is at least a 50% chance that you have it too and it is a horrific diagnosis […]

#2 – “Hot Potato”

Now, I want to be very clear on this, I have worked with many awesome physicians who are brilliant, caring, and take the time to diagnose and follow-up on all aspects of their patient’s care and each of them hold very high expectations for their staff, not just the nurses, but the medical records, front […]

#1 – If it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger…

In 1997, I married the man of my dreams, I know it sounds silly, but it is true – I love Blake more than I could ever imagine & when we said our vows…. for better – for worse, for richer – for poorer, in sickness & in health….I do not think either of us […]