I was asked to do a reading about my family’s experience with organ and tissue donation for the Institute for Spirituality and Health. (That’s my sister, Julie, in the photo.) Click here to listen to the podcast. If you like what you hear, feel free to share. April is National Donate Life Month. Click here to… Continue reading A Reading for the Institute for Spirituality and Health
On a recent visit to the offices of LifeGift, Houston’s organ procurement organization, I was struck by the interesting paintings on their walls. They were a bit Paint-by-Numbers, a bit Andy Warhol. I liked them immediately and wanted to know more. When I heard the stories behind the paintings, I was hooked. I asked if I could… Continue reading The Art of Organ and Tissue Donation
There’s a saying, “When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven.” I was unfamiliar with it until it appeared, as one of those cheesy postcard-like images, in my Facebook feed. But for some reason, it made me pause. Lately, I have been inundated with red cardinals. Figuratively, anyway. I’ve been puzzled… Continue reading A red cardinal. A visitor from heaven?
Imagine being the ER physician who has to tell a mother that her daughter is not going to make it. Now imagine following on that physician’s heels to ask for that daughter’s heart. Elena Mendoza does that every day. I wrote about Elena in this article for Houstonia magazine. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Elena. And… Continue reading Think your job is tough? Meet Elena Mendoza
I met a woman named Lisa this weekend. We volunteered together at LifeGift, Houston’s organ procurement organization (OPO), where a heart recipient and the donor’s family were meeting for the first time. It was an experience I will never forget. Afterwards, Lisa and I exchanged emails. “You have truly warmed my heart and blessed my… Continue reading I care about Lisa. (What matters, part 3)
Today’s blog post is a spontaneous Public Service Announcement. I will keep it short in hopes you will read it. Please. I am passionate about two causes, adoption and organ & tissue donation. I have first-hand, life-changing experiences with both. Since embarking on my new writing career, I have discovered I can take words, ordinary… Continue reading Sticks & Stones
I am an emotional wreck today. So many thoughts and feelings are flooding my head – and my heart. I signed up months ago to volunteer for a fun run benefitting organ and tissue donation, the Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run, that took place in Sugar Land this morning. Up at 5:00 am and… Continue reading On Human Recycling