I am 72 years old, a former self-employed international communications consultant from Minneapolis, Minnesota now retired and living in Jacksonville Florida where I got a heart transplant in august of 2007 at the Mayo Clinic here. I had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy 12 years earlier. My new heart came from a 30 year old donor after only 13 days on the waiting list. Currently I suffer from COPD. My wife is a jewelry artist and we travel to many art shows in our RV to sell her creations. Despite my COPD limitations I try to help her when I can...she is everything to me.
I smoked for 37 years...up to 4 packs a day. I quit in 1991 but the damage to my lungs had been done and I suffer now from COPD. I am a recovering alcoholic who has been sober since July 17, 1982 but that, too, took its toll. While the heart transplant saved my life I have had some ill effects from the anti-rejection drugs. I am now pre-diabetic despite being very thin, I have osteoporosis, Acromegaly, some weakened kidney function and have suffered from depression which is much better with treatment. I have dedicated my life to the issue or promoting oirgan/tissue and blood donation. I have a Facebook group, Organ Transplant Initiative, which you are welcome to join. I also have written over 100 blogs on donation/transplantation issues that you can find on www.bobsnewheart,.wordpress.com and you'll find many other items on our Website www.organti.org. Please join the effort to accomplish our mission which is, "Every American who needs a tissue or organ transplant should be able to get one regardless of financial limitations. "
Oct 01, 2010
Feb 05, 2012