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The ultimate act of love......

Apr 30, 2009 - 21 comments






I have benn on dialysis for 5 and half years, streph throat ruined my kidneys. When I first got ill, I was very heavy, I weighed about 400 lbs. So they told me then it would be impossible to get a transplant being that heavy. Well I elected to see if I was a canidate for gastric bypass. Found the doctor who prefected the laproscopy bypass, he is in Pittsburg PA. My dr. refreed me went to see him and found I was a good canidate for the surgery. That took close to 3 years to get approved, on Sept, %th 2007 had the surgery, 19 months later I have lost close to 180 pounds.

About 2 months ago I received a call from the transplant center, telling me that i should be eligible for a transplant now. Yesterday my oldest daughter Autymn, and myself went to the transplant center in Balitmore MD. While we were there we saw several videos and met with the surgeon and nurse and so on, many people. They told me with my age, which i will be 48 next month and the amount of time I have been on dialysis, a living donor would be my best bet for a successful tarnspalnt. I have never ask any of my 3 children to be tested to see if we matched. In fact I was set against the idea of it. Well she is 22 speaks her on mind makes her own decisions. She volenteered to give me one of her kidneys. After much protetst and argument from me, they showed me stats on how well she will do. Theres a 99% chance she will never have any health problems form donating a kidney, plus my chances of keeping that kidney working for 20 plus years is 90 to 95%.

This beautiful young lady, mother of my grandchildren, is showing me the ulimate act of love, giving me a new lease on life. I dont have words to say how proud of her that I am, just tears of joy and love. We have the same blood type, so likely hood is we will be a very close match, My other kids are going to be tested, so is my son-in-law, sometimes life has to smack you right in the face to show you how blessed your truley are, I just get on my knees and thank God for my kids.....brian

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by MJIthewriter, Apr 30, 2009
Wow. I'm glad to hear this.  Your daughter really loves you. You are blessed.

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by lonewolf07, Apr 30, 2009
That's wonderful news.  I'm so glad for you that I'm almost crying.  What an incredible daughter you have.  I hope it all works out fine.

I'll be praying for you (pinkos pray too)  = )

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by teko, Apr 30, 2009
Jollyman that is truly wonderful! I am sooo happy for you! Aint love grand? I will keep you in my prayers. Keep us posted k?

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by boldsojah4christ, Apr 30, 2009
Just a lil dabb of love will do it!!! Ur in my prayers God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by Burrpatch, Apr 30, 2009
Wow !! You and the love of your daughter just made my day !!!!!!!! I can't tell you in words how happy I am for you Brian !!
You have fought the good fight where many would have gave up and called in their chips. You have fought your weight, drug addiction and so much more along with the failing of your kidneys and remained faithful though it all. I have had the privilege to know you and see you fight though it all while at the same time reaching out to help me and many others when you could !! You've always been there with words of encouragement, prayer and your daily mood of musical lyrics for many of us to help sooth our troubles while you yourself were struggling !!  

Your daughter has given me an answer to my prayers for you as I know she has for many here and in your life.
Make sure you give her a big 'ol Burr Hug from me and tell her I said thanks her for her wonderful gift of love !!

Ya know, I seen a juvenile black bear this morning about 50 yards from my cabin. Every time I see a bear it seems like I get good news !! It seems that the 150 pounder I seen this morning was no exception !!

God bless you, your daughter and your family my man !!  Keep us informed and rock on !!  ~ Burrpatch

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by jollyman069, Apr 30, 2009
Burr...all i can say is Godbless you and I love you brother...brian

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by margypops, Apr 30, 2009
Great news jolly man ..did they give you a time frame for it, what a super daughter you have warms your heart to hear this kind of news..

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by dominosarah, Apr 30, 2009
What wonderful gifts you have been given......your children.  I am so happy for you my friend        sara

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by April2, Apr 30, 2009
Oh Brian, I'm so happy for you! What an incredible blessing! God is so good! I love hearing good news like this. :)

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by babypooh, Apr 30, 2009
That's wonderful news! What a wonderful family you have! God bless you all... I'm so, so, so truly happy for you!!!

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by Melissa0116, Apr 30, 2009
That is wonderful.  Your daughter is  truely a beautiful gift that God has given you.  You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and your daughter knows and wants that for you.  God Bless..................

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by jimi1822, Apr 30, 2009
Mr J,(Brian) I always told You GOD Loves You Soooooooo Much!!!! You and Your Family Rock Thank GOD!!!! For You Brian Your A True Hero along with Your Whole Family....A Family Of GOD's Hero's....

              Keep them lyrics coming My Brother, Your True Friend and Brother In GOD and The Christ....

                                                                                                                  jimi (lil wing =0)

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by jollyman069, Apr 30, 2009
thank you everyone i am sitting here crying reading all the blessings from our Lord that you all are showering down upon me..God has truley blessed me and i leave it all in his hands again THANK YOU ALL....brian

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by 10356, Apr 30, 2009
I'm so happy for you I have tears in my eyes.. the love of your daughter and the wonderful gift she offers as well as the rest of your loving family.. just so happy for you.. You fought the good fight and it is coming to fruition.. congrats Brian !!

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by Cherie762, May 01, 2009
Brian OMG I am sitting here with tear flowing..I would love to just hug Autymn tight. You know I have been wanting this for you forever. A family donor will be the best for you. I did not know the stats for your daughter would be so great. what a wonderful day. much love, your bff, Cherie

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by Mollyrae, May 01, 2009
That's quite the story Brian and what a brave, beautiful young Daughter you have raised. She is a true testament of the love and faith your family has for each other. I know how proud you must be of your family and especially your Daughter. I could only hope that if I am ever in a situation that requires my family's assistance for anything as traumatic as donating an organ, that they would be there for me. You are a very luck man to have such a wonderful Daughter. Good luck to both of you Brian and know that my thoughts are with both of you.

All my best,

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by HelpinUtah, May 03, 2009
I just sat here and typed a heartfelt response to your journal and somehow it just all disappeared. But, here goes again!  I am sitting here with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes over this special gift your daughter is about to give you.  I am so thankful to a loving Heavenly Father who makes these types of things possible.  I will be praying for you, your daughter and your doctors.  I pray that you will be healthy again and that you will be healed through the love of our Lord and also through the healing hands of your doctors but especially through the love of your daughter!  I can only imagine how proud you are of having such a beautiful daughter.  
I also had gastric bypass surgery and also lost 180 lbs.  I was so blessed to become healthy again and so thankful to hear of your success as well.  To see what can happen through the love of God - it's just amazing!  I pray that you and your daughter will heal quickly from the original transplant surgery and not just physically but that you will stay emotionally and spiritually healthy as well!  God is great!
Hugs, Love & Prayers,

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by kitty51, May 04, 2009
Hey Brian I told you there is always a light at the end of the tunnel !!

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by rebel5, May 04, 2009
wow, youre prayers have been answered what an angel your daughter is, ill pray for you all xoxoxo

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by sandee1818, May 06, 2009
I am SOOO happy for you!!!
You are truly a lucky very blessed man to have such wonderful children. But remember they are that way because of you, they learned this from you:)

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by Cherie762, May 13, 2009
Brian, whats the update on the medical stuff?  surgery this summer, does Autymn need more testing, and i just thought of something curious,,,whod pay for her health care her insurance or yours?  cant wait to hear stories of you post op..when you r all healed what do you first want to do something with Grandkids..just to be real active again..your goona love it, im so glad you are letting Autymn do this..

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