Hi friends! Thank you all so much for keeping up with us on social media as we face transplant number 2. Danny was in patient when the call for lungs came through Sunday, May 10 around 3pm. Surgery was started at 5am on Monday, May 11 and as of today Danny is actively fighting through … More Double Lung Transplant During a Global Pandemic
This post I wrote over the course of the last few weeks prior to Danny getting lungs earlier this week. As he is in the ICU without family and sometimes too weak or in too much pain to talk – this sentiment continues to hold true. Having to keep our life upright alone has been … More How Bout them Cowgirls?
Happy New Year’s Eve friends! I hope this evening finds you enjoying yourself, reflecting on your blessings and feeling optimistic about a new year…. heck a whole new decade!! We are at home still in recovery mode and taking it easy. Saying good bye to 2019 and welcoming 2020 tucked away in our little spot … More 2019
When you think of January 1 what comes to mind? A blank slate? A fresh start? A chance for change? So many of us love the option to declare a new year and dream of the possibilities. Even if they don’t always happen or the year brings something completely unexpected, I think the dreaming of … More The Last 90 Days
For a long time that question is what I wanted to name my blog. I felt it summed up this life we live. The realities of life and death that are part of our world on a pretty regular basis, yet the fact that what to wear to such life and death occasions are also “normal” to … More What do you wear to a transplant?
This week we will bury my grandfather in Arlington National Cemetery. Although he passed back in the fall, the wait can be long to join the other American Hero’s in this sacred place. This has me reflecting again on his life, the eras he has lived through, and the experiences he collected. And I continue … More Classics
Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you all are enjoying some extra summer fun to celebrate this great country we call home. Dan’s brother is in town from Arizona so it’s a Bessette family holiday focus for us. But I did want to do a quick post on a lesson in freedom I recently discovered … More Freedom is an Opportunity
Last June Danny was crazy healthy. Lung function over 100%, working out all the time, so much energy- a whole new world. I was also discovering a lot of new: realizing that my life’s focus has been care giving and that everything else had been in auto pilot or path of least resistance, but now … More Health Update: A Different Kind of Challenge
Happy June friends! It is feeling crazy to me that we are into the summer season, yet when I really think about it in our world we have done a lot of living in the past few months so maybe it isn’t so crazy after all. We have rode the waves of new jobs, surgery, … More Eat the Frog First
It was one of our previous Saturdays spent in the walls of Hopkins. I placed my fork down and put my napkin in my lap as I leaned back in the hospital recliner and away from our current dining room table -Danny’s hospital room tray. Letting out a big sigh and a “that was great”, … More Living in Abundance