Time for a RL Interlude
My friend Jackie died last night. She was 38 years old. Jackie leaves behind 4 and 6 year old sons and her wonderful husband Kevin.
After the birth of her baby 4 years ago Jackie was having trouble breathing. Many doctors and many tests later she discovered that she was born with a rare disease that meant her only hope for survival was a transplant. About 3 years ago Jackie had a double lung transplant. Someone's tragedy meant my friend had three fairly healthy years with her young sons.
Over the past several months Jackie suffered from an infection that is common in transplant patients. No matter what the doctors did, no matter how hard she fought there was nothing left to do but ease her pain with heavy doses of morphine. About 10:30 last night Jackie took her last labored breath and passed from this world.
I am telling this story not for sympathy and not to make you sad. I am sharing this because I would like to ask you to do something in Jackie's memory. Please give blood and sign an organ donation card. Carry that card with you so if the unthinkable happens, you can give someone else the gift of life.
Please be extra kind to someone today -- for me and for my friend. Thanks