Monday, 22 October 2012


Hey everyone,

I wish that I was reporting that Jess is in surgery right now but that wasn't meant to happen today. Instead, Jess is training for the 2016 Olympic hurdles event.

The transplant was called off when it was determined that 1 of the lungs had an infection.  This explains the type of person that Jessica is. She didn't shed 1 tear until she was told that one of the lungs was in good enough shape to be used for someone that requires a single lung transplant. Even though it wasn't her receiving it, she knows one persons life was saved tonight. "Yay" for that lucky recipient and thank you to the donors family for making a difficult decision to donate organs, after suddenly losing a loved one.

Jess is getting her rest after this emotional roller coaster. She deserves sometime to get her energy back and focus on the new chunky lungs that she will receive someday soon. I am grateful that Jess has so many people that care for her. If you ever want to be inspired by people who truly appreciate life, spend a day with those waiting for transplant. They are so happy to have an opportunity to receive a second chance at life, that they enjoy every second of the day. They are also very supportive of each other and act like a family. Fellow pre and post transplant recipients visited Jess today which was very comforting for her and it's so clear that they are all one big family.

My last comment (I promise), you simply can't understand the importance of signing that organ card or talking to your family about your last wishes etc, until your loved one is waiting for the gift of life. Please, Please, Please do this. If you suddenly leave this world, you can leave knowing that you  possibly gave 8 others an opportunity to live. There are so many amazing people who require these organs when you pass away.

I promise you, heaven doesn't need organs.... Please leave them here on earth to help others.

Until next time.....



  1. Hey Jessica,

    i am so sorry that things did not go as planned today. we were all hoping for the best for you.

  2. Thinking of you, the boys, Carla & Roger, so far away! Jess has done you all very proud over the past 36 hours and is a super trooper!

    Although we are all here as part of what some would call a terrible medical situation, we are so grateful for the friends we've made who are walking this journey with us! The big love that was floating around here this weekend, via texts and talks was a true reflection of the wonderful Breathless Gang and how well we have each other's backs!

    We are blessed to have become friends with one another, on so many levels and are truly looking forward to each and every transplant to come! Bad lungs brought us here, The Treadmill Room threw us together and we love the company!

    Jessica...sleep like Shrek tonight Chicklet and watch our from some serious snuggles from Wiggle Butt!

  3. Even though today did not end with new lungs for you Jessica, I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of you. You truly are an inspiration for all of us. Because you chose to share your journey we know a lot more about organ donation, about Cystic Fibrosis and about the beautiful, special woman you have grown into. Those special lungs just for you will come when the time is right and we know you will do them and doner proud. Take the time you need to regroup and then get back on the horse, there is lots more you have to teach us. Love you, Linda D.

  4. Hi Jess, Got up this morning knowing what i would read on your blog. When i read you shed a tear (tear,s of happiness) only when you heard the single lung could be used for another person , that,s the Jess we all know and love . We just have to wait a little longer. I,m soooooo proud of you .Love , Forever and Alway,s Aunt Heather xo xo

  5. U are the strongest person i know to have come this far. I thought alot about you last night and after i spoke to you, i realized you are the most selfless person I know. You are truely a special person and that's why i am so proud to have you as my best friend. You always turn a situation that is bad into a positive and not may can do that. I love you. You are my hero chunky monkey. xoxo

  6. Sorry it didn't work out Jessica....

    I don't understand why people have to okay to give organs....

    Why can't they just take them?

    Tammy C
    Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

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