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6 -7-8 Months Post Op! August 2013- September 2013

October 27, 2013

October 2013

I started this post back in August after my 6 month assessment.  I failed to complete the publish and now almost 3 more months have past and I have to re-call everything that has transpired over this time period.  It is a good but challenging exercise to re-count and share …  honing those cognitive skills ..

August 2013

6 months post transplant has brought fewer trips to hospital for blood work and pulmonary function tests.  Now I test just once a month rather than every 2 weeks until I hit my 1 year anniversary.

I am cleared of the two infections I had during the summer, and I continue to add activities to my physical routine outside of the day-to-day errands, household work and dog care.

Clinic assessment days bring together ‘lung buds’ that were in pre-transplant and surgery roughly same time as myself.  This time I was strong and healthy enough to join a group of them (along with some of the most loving and strong-willed support folks)…. for tall tales and friendly banter.  Sharing stories and comparing recovery notes.

Carman, Pam, Keith, Mark

Carman, Pam, Keith, Mark

My new favourite anonymous quote:

“The soul needs gratitude, love, connection, community, reverence for life and an outlet to express itself creatively. When those needs are met, happiness follows.”     Below are a group of some of the happiest people on Earth!!!!

Happiest people on Earth. See how supportive a care team can be, everyone is smiling.

Stairs, Hills and crawl spaces!  All fears and nightmares in the past; now there are more stairs, steeper hills and longer walking distances outside of the treadmill!  After I was cleared in clinic, we flew to Newfoundland for a wedding….

Stairs in St. John's Newfoundland.  the city is full of them!

Stairs in St. John’s Newfoundland. the city is full of them!

There is always a view at the top!

There is always a view at the top!

bring them on!

bring them on!

Colorful Walk!

Colorful Walk!

upstairs, downstairs

upstairs, downstairs

Step Master!

Step Master!

Top of Signal Hill, St. John's NFLD  Up Up and Away!

Top of Signal Hill, St. John’s NFLD Up Up and Away!

5 years in the making.  My first steep walk.  Yeah!

5 years in the making. My first steep walk. Yeah!

Signal Hill St. Johns NFLD

Yes I am very pleased with myself.

September 2013

Took another road trip back to Minnesota with Bro-in-Law, Kurt and the Dogs.  Time to start planning fall clean up of the lake house, time to spend with Dad and his bountiful garden harvest, more fun with friends & family, outdoor fires, smores’, fireworks, walks in the woods and 5K walk down road; albeit lonely without Scott who is not able to be here at this time.

Angus the eldest dog,  is very weak as he is nearing his end of life.  I have the two pooches with me pretty much 24/7.  They just like to hang out.

Angus in his Thunder Shirt.  He enjoyed the fall sun.

Angus in his Thunder Shirt. He enjoyed the fall sun

Sunday Football and dinner at Dad's with Ellie!

Sunday Football and dinner at Dad’s with Ellie!

Wally loves the woods, just not too happy about sharing.

Kay & Sue Ann & Lloyd's tomatos.

Kay & Sue Ann & Lloyd’s tomatoes.

Sue & Ellie gotta love that team work!

Sue & Ellie gotta love that team work!

Fruits of the labor!

Fruits of the labor!

Dad putting together the first set of pies.

Dad putting together the first set of pies.

Anonymous Quote- The soul needs gratitude, love, connection, community, reverence for life and an outlet to express itself creatively. When those needs are met, happiness follows.

Getting ready for 5K walk for Multiple Myeloma Research

Getting ready for 5K walk for Multiple Myeloma Research

Finishing the walk

Finishing the walk

Brave cousin Steve.  We walked to honour him.

Brave cousin Steve. We walked to honour him.

September ended with sadness as we lost our friend Karen from post-op complications following her double lung transplant in July.

I am comforted by these words from my friend Pat,

All of you strong and brave, amazing people who go through an organ transplant, and especially a double lung transplant; take a huge leap of faith and trust to have a chance at a new life “

and  one of Karen’s favourite quotes,

We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

We have her smile to keep with us always….

Photo captured by Ann-Marie Boudreau.

Photo captured by Ann-Marie Boudreau.

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Breath easy my friend… it has been an honour.  

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13 Comments
  1. Karen Doyle permalink

    Thanks for the update Pam. As always it’s very uplifting to see how well you are doing.

  2. Bob Cobban permalink

    Thanks Pam! It is great to hear from you and to see all of these pictures with you looking so well.
    Truly amazing what you have accomplished.
    My best wishes to you and Scott and to the “happiest people on Earth”!
    Bob Cobban

  3. Dan & Julia permalink

    You are making such great progress and your thoughts are truly positive and uplifting. We were so sorry to hear that you & Scott had to say goodbye to Angus. He looked so cute in the picture. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

    • Dear Dan and Julia- Thanks for the wonderful words! I’m for sure going to glom onto that quote!!!
      Hope to see you up here in Toronto soon! Pam

  4. Frank Taylor permalink

    Thanks so much for the update, Pam. What remarkable achievements. Julie and I were in St. John’s this summer too and I can vouch for those climbs! How amazing it is that you could do them less than a year after your surgery. Great work! You continue to inspire us all. I was so sorry to read about the loss of friend, Karen. That must have been very difficult. Her favourite quote is a lesson to all of us. Say hi to Scott for me; I’ll be dragging him out for a beer or two again soon.

  5. lynn reist permalink

    Hi Pam,

    So nice to see the lovely pictures of you and your family, and the beautiful shots of Newfoundland! Thanks so much for sharing and fantastic that you are doing all that climbing. Love and best wishes, Lynn

  6. Stephanie Duncan permalink

    I was thinking about you and wondering when the next blog would be coming. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. So sorry to hear about your friend Karen.
    Keeping on climbing those hills, my dear. The views are always worth it, aren’t they?
    Hope to see you soon!

  7. Jessie Thomson permalink

    Pam I am so happy to hear that you continue to do so well. I am sorry to hear of your friend Karen. You are courageous and a wonderful person and I wish you all the happiness in the world. You have had quite a year (and a couple before that) and I hope that you have a lovely Fall and Winter with your sweet doggies and with Scott, and you many friends and family. This holiday season will be a real holiday!!!! Hope to see you soon. Jessie

  8. Kathleen Grunden permalink

    Such wonderful news. All those stairs–wow! What a change from a year ago. You look terrific and I am so happy for you and Scott–but you must get him to smile! You are not only courageous but blessed.

  9. Michael, Sina, and Alycia permalink

    Pam, your blogs are always so passionate and heartfelt. We are so happy to see you continue to improve each day and are amazed at your recovery. Look forward to seeing you soon.
    Love, Michael, Sina, and Alycia

  10. Neil Affleck permalink

    Thanks for this Pam! My best to Scott- and *Onward and Upwards!* Neil *Neil Affleck* (416) 354-2291 email: affleckneil@gmail.com skype: neil.affleck2 ca.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Neil/Affleck

  11. Kathy Lehn permalink

    You inspire me to be a better person!!!! Peace and Blessings, Kathy Lehn

  12. Bryan and Leslie permalink

    Way to go Pam. Loved the update and the quotes. Take care!

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