“How do you thank somebody who has saved your life?”
It is a question often contemplated among organ donor recipients.
Many recipients devote their lives to giving back and taking care of their health. Some reach out to the donor family.
While others proudly (and bravely) share their stories, experiences, feelings and even fears as a transplant recipient with their communities to bring about awareness and to honor the individuals and families who made the decision to give the gift of life.
That’s just what members of our Transplant Living Community (TLC) Group at Henry Ford Hospital did recently in the above video shared at our annual Donor Memorial Ceremony which honors the families of organ donors.
TLC is a community comprised of transplant recipients and families who have known and experienced the tribulations of living with life-threatening illness prior to transplant, and have experienced success in the healing period that follows. Their experiences, reflections, and practical tips are helpful and comforting to those just beginning the transplant process.
The group also encourages recipients to make health their No. 1 priority. Something that, frankly, we could all learn from.
TLC has not only given hope and wisdom to countless recipients, but opened the lines of communication between organ donor families and recipients.
I admire and respect these individuals for not only divulging their most personal and vulnerable feelings, but for the work they do daily with TLC.
If you have a personal story with organ donation, or would like to thank those who have given the gift of life, please share your message in the comments section below.