Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 39.
So I am pushing up the hill & at the top, but not over it…
I have grappling hooks at the ready because I plan on camping out here awhile.
It was a great day, but it was a bit surreal for me. I realized that this was my last birthday with the lungs I was born with.
I told my friends when this journey started I would be ok with being transplanted at pretty much any time but really hoped it wasn’t on my birthday or near it.
A few people in my center’s informal support group did get calls. I was happy to hear that.
One for sure did get a transplant. I was happy for him & his family even though I know their nerves are probably still pretty raw right now.
My friends spoiled me. Cooked me breakfast & dinner & gave me some great gifts. One was particularly interesting & I want to share it because I find it fascinating & I plan on blogging about the book later.
Pieces of Me sounded like a fascinating read. I know a lot of people knock Young Adult oriented books but I really like the premise behind this book. I dove into it a little yesterday and was not disappointed.
I was discussing with another friend that there are a lot of great fiction books that have been written on transplant or by transplant recipients (as well as nonfiction) so I’ve been adding those books to my Wishlist as I find them. This ensures I have a running list of interesting reads when I feel like it.
I don’t know if this author has experience with someone she knows or loves undergoing transplant or knows a donor family or is just very sensitive & passionate about the power of donation, but I’m sure I’ll get more of a sense of that as I get farther in.
I’m sure at some point in my recovery I might do a lot of reading to kill time (if I can get my drug cocktail to not affect my attention as much because that sometimes happens which is why I don’t read as much as I used to. But this is another reason I like ebooks. It makes it easier for me to pick them up, read a few pages, bookmark, & then put them down.)
I might even start doing some book reviews, like I did with this children’s story & like I do with my plethora of devices.
I definitely plan to review this book later, but not until my friends have had a chance to read it too so I can discuss it with them first & get their impressions.
But I definitely wanted to share a bit about it because I think it’s a unique angle to take with the writing.
Also the perfect gift from friends who have done nothing but support me for the past 16 years.
They really are family.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear AsIlive&Breath, Happy Birthday to you :):)
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I like the premise of the book: cells carrying memories. Please do consider writing a book review. (Happy belated birthday.)
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