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.....