The tenacity of some people

Do you have a tenacious person in your life? I have a girlfriend let’s call her Coops. Coops contracted Hypo Titus C through a blood transfusion in the 70’s. In the 80’s she received the news the lump in her breast was cancerous. A couple of rounds of radiation followed up with Tamoxifen for few years. She was all good. So we thought.
Her body had a reaction to Tamoxifen then couple with the Hypo Titus C her liver was under attack. Gradually she needed more and more oxygen. She had to retire on disability not quite 50 years old yet. Eventually her liver was in dire straits. She told she needs a liver transplant. The doctors gave her the option of a living donor. A coop found a donor match and was three weeks away from getting the transplant when the doctors decided she was a good candidate for that procedure anymore. Now she would have to have a full transplant and she was put on the waiting list. She was about number six on the list when the Christmas holidays approached. The doctors told her she need to go to Texas to wait. They told her more people die around the holidays so would quickly move up the list. I remember when she called me she said “You have no idea how it feels to wait for someone to die so you can live.” Chilling but so true.
A month after the holidays she received word a liver was on its way. She made it through the surgery. However infection set in after about 3 weeks. After a few touch and go moments she recovered. It would be weeks before she came back home and get under a local doctors care. She did with style including a new short hair style and tiny waistline. I happy to say today she is living a pretty normal life. There is neuropathy and a couple of minor issues but she continues to live life with tenacity.


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