Teaching since Fall 2001 – 3rd year in 2nd grade

Thanksgiving

My family has something to be very thankful for – My cousin got a new heart. Cousin has had several heart attacks since his 30’s. The first one he was very lucky. He was working out at the church health center. He mentioned to the guy next to him he must have pulled a muscle in his arm. The man next to cousin was a doctor – and cousin was having a heart attack.  

Even though he followed all the doctors’ orders, he had several more heart attacks. He was on the donor list one other time, but then they decided his heart wasn’t as damaged as they thought. About a month ago he went into the hospital. They decided to put him back on the list, at a low status. He was supposed to be able to go back to work, and wait probably a year. Suddenly though they didn’t release him and he was moved to the top of the list.

A couple of weeks ago he received his new heart.  Some family lost a loved one very close to the holidays, and thought of others. Because they did our cousin is with us today. Two other members of my family, Dad and Aunt M, died waiting for a transplant.Yes the back of my driver’s license is signed, and everyone in my family has left instructions to be an organ donor.

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