Sunday, July 15, 2012

CF Wives Celebrate

One reason out of many that I love being a part of the CF Wives group on facebook is that we get to share the most exciting moments of each others lives. We just got word that a fellow CF Wive's hubby got his call for a new pair of lungs tonight! This isn't the first time a member of our group has posted news as good as this -- just last month another CF wife was informing us of her husband being called in for his transplant. Recently we all joined another CF wife in her excitement of just marrying the love of her life.

Yes, we do get a lot of down posts and some bad news in the group too -- but these joyous moments truly make up for the bad. We support each other through both thick and thin, in the middle of the night, in the early hours of the morning, for good and for bad. These women have become such an important part of my life. The majority of us have never met, we just know each other through our computer screens and cell phones, but the bond we share with each other is very close to the bond that a family might share.

Nicole and her husband, Nathan, are still waiting to hear if these donor lungs are in perfect condition and that everything is a go. They just got the call so it might be awhile. But just take a moment to imagine the feelings that are going on between them. Excitement that it is finally "go" time; shock that the time is finally here; sadness that someone just lost their life and the family is grieving; being so thankful that this family was so selfless to give the gift of life; fear that this is a MAJOR surgery and they may not see each other again, fear of the unknown; relief that they may no longer have to wait and that he won't get any sicker while waiting. Wow! I went through my own set of extreme emotions when Spencer was battling for his life for 3 months, but I don't think I went through the string of emotions that they are currently going through tonight.

So most of you know the drill!!! Pray for perfect lungs and that this transplant is a GO; the donor family and the life that they just lost; a very successful surgery for Nathan; peace and comfort for Nicole, Nathan's wife, and their family as they wait in the waiting room for the surgery to complete; the surgeons, that they might have steady hands and a clear mind; the entire staff, that they may all work together and make decisions that are in the best interest of Nathan; for Nathan to be at peace as he is wheeled back for surgery; a complete and successful recovery for Nathan.

I do get a little sad when I hear about someone getting the call for their transplant. Just sad because I know that Spencer never got the chance. We came so darned close to the opportunity of living a new life without a problem breathing. We were both SO looking forward to that chance.

But tonight, I am just so thrilled that this couple may now be getting the opportunity of a brand new life. Getting to do things that they never though possible. And getting to do the things that they did before, but now with little to no constraints. How amazing?

I will update more in the morning, or as I get new information, in the comments below!

Ahhhhh the wonderful and magical Gift Of Life. Please think about becoming an organ donor and saving lives!!!


  1. Joyous news for your friends; I will be sending nothing but good thoughts their way.

  2. I just found out that the lungs were good and Nate is currently back in surgery! They made the first incision an hour ago! The family is in for a very long day. As always, prayers are always appreciated! Thank you Cheri for your kind words!

  3. Congrats to Nate and Nicole! They are all in my prayers!