April 7, 2014

Got Hope?

I remember sitting in the office with the Transplant Team going over the costs of life on the transplant list. The numbers kept adding up and I lost track around $50,000.  My head was spinning at the cost of medications and procedures.  And by the time we were done, I just wanted to run away and hide.


I was going to be the ruin of my family.  I had just had a baby.  Then a liver biopsy.  I had a tumor removed from my neck and I knew the bills were piling up.  I could see the stress my husband was under being the sole provider and I knew he was struggling.  And worse, now I knew it was only going to get worse.  How did this happen to me.  I was more mad at the financial burden my illness put on my family than I was that I was sick.  I was told I could not work and that was just the last straw.

Most people who know me, know I hate to ask for help.  I'm the helper.  But how could I get though this without help?  There was just no way it was going to happen.  I was going to have to ask.  I put my pride aside and did just that.

One of my transplant buddies off of Twitter suggested I look up Help Hope Live. I signed up and started brainstorming with friends and family on fundraiser ideas.  You can find my page HERE!  My dear friend Stacy, whom you might know from her amazing blog Kids Stuff World and my sister stepped up to help me and there will never be enough that I can ever do to thank them!

Melisa had the suggestion of awareness bracelets and so she designed and ordered them.  We sent out a few emails and shared on Facebook.  And guess what, the orders came in faster than we could keep up with. We stuffed envelopes, printed cards and wrote thank you notes.  It was so much more than I expected. And it didn't stop there.  Pictures started popping up on Facebook.  It moved me to tears and even to this day when I need a pick me up, I go though them I remind myself of the all the people who are cheering me on. So much love and thanks to you all!  I could not have come this far with out your kind words and encouragement.  


Hope for Kim Collage

From Boston to the Marshall Islands and so many places in between.  Each of these pictures means so much to me.  And this is only a few of them. Thank you so much guys for coming along on this journey with me!  I have hope, because I have you!

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