You are all so wonderful....J.M. your poem brought tears to my eyes...of course they haven't been without them since I got the call last night....Marge I looked EVERYWHERE I could think of last night to find a Pooh picture...thanks for being there. Rich you are wonderful and with such a huge heart, if wasn't for people like you I'm not sure where Shane and his mom would be right now.
I wanted to share a little bit more of Shane's story with you...at 6 Shane was diagnosed with Chrone's Disease, usually (not always)this attacks the bowels but in Shanes case it attacked his Liver. Shane was near Death on his 15th birthday when he received his first liver transplant, he was a new kid....smiles and full of life. The "Make a Wish Foundation" gave him a 4-wheeler and he found the speed and freedom he hadn't known since he was very young. Then slowly he began to have set backs....on his 16th birthday they diagnosed him with Chirrohsis of the Liver, He is on a long waiting list for a second liver, and the liver is like the heart....there is no artificial replacement or back up once it stops. All we can do is wait and pray, last night he became very ill and was taken to E.R. he has an infection in his abdomen that is spreading. Even if a donor is found the sicker gets the less likely he'll be chosen to receive it (the sickest with the best odds of survival are at the top of the list). When you are placed on a transplant list there are certain critera that match you with a donor...A young man in the hospital with Shane is awaiting the exact "same" liver, he is ahead of Shane on the list, I shudder to think how Shane's mother will react when the first GIFT comes through...can you imagine?
I have so much respect for his mother...she is a hardworking mom....raising two teenagers, she has only been able to work here and there... 3 days in the last 8 wks due to Shane being in and out of the hospital...She has almost lost the material things due to this...bill collectors only wait so long.
I'm trying to gather some ideas for a fund raiser...the school has done one for him that was last year following the first transplant, if you have any ideas please e-mail me.
Shane's family lives 3 hours from the University...They thought of moving but Shane wants the quality of life that comes from being around friends and family....His mom doesn't want to take that from him too.
I just wanted to share a piece of my Pooh with you as you share your prayers with him.
Thank you all so much!!
[This message has been edited by Butterflies_dont_cry (edited 04-01-2000).]