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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pictures as Promised

From Ottawa - Toronto

As you all know, I was really looking forward to this
flight, thinking is was going to be in a Helicopter, but was not, I was blessed in taking a Prop plane, used in the 1950's. Kidding, although, if you read the blog pertaining to this very trip, you will understand why.

This is the Propeller of the plane that took me to the Toronto Island Airport, notice the vast white surroundings in the back, this was facing the same way as the sun, not into the sun, the way I was facing when I exited the Ambulance.

When I see Propellers like this, I think of the movie "Memphis Bell".



MY NURSE: Joanne


Welcome to TORONTO!


This is the prize winning picture I mentioned in my blog of the same week. I haven't changed anything in these images, because I don't want people to steal them. This was the one, where I was all contorted, couldn't actually see what i was taking a picture of, and completely lucky in getting this shot. It's safe to say, it's one of my favorites for sure.


The image above was taken as I was being switched from the plane to the Ambulance in the tarmac at Toronto Island Airport. Then we took the Ferry across to the city. Fun, fun!

Welcom to St. Micheals


I probably should have Zoomed in and cropped this one, but it's me, in the Admissions office with my Drivers, strapped into the most uncomfortable gurney imaginable, with my oxygen tank in between my legs. I'll have to crop it, it's hilarious.


TORONTO'S FIRST MAJOR SNOWFALL

These next few are for my Dad, he loves old Churches, this is of St. Micheal's Cathedral,
this is the view I had from my room,
it's a lot better than looking at a brick wall like the other side of the hallway had.

This was taken at like 4:30am when I could not sleep!
Saw the snow falling and fell in love with the look of it all. It was beautiful, couldn't hear the cars, or see the buildings, it made me feel like I was at home.

...isn't it beautiful...

This is the last image I got from St. Mike's, but my cousin got Monkey works for me! lol

Let me show you!

Thank you Trish, Jeff & Josh for this beautiful basket of yumminess! I LOVE IT!

The Original Sock Monkey
From my cousin Dave for Good luck

... I love this little guy, even though he smells like a mechanics garage.
Thanks Dave, he came in handy.


That's all for now!!!

Home in Toronto!

Woohoo!

March 4th, 2009, 2 weeks and 2 days post transplant, I was given my DISCHARGE papers to go to my new temporary home in Toronto.
I walked outside, took a big breath, and never felt so
exhilarated in my life.
The intake felt like it was going on forever.
Something I hadn't been able to do for so long.


The Freedom of Breathing

It feels like a long Hawaiian waterfall, that falls with beauty, tranquility and the sounds of softness and breeze. It's a feeling that no matter how you try to explain it, visualization is the only think I can think of. Tall, mountainous waterfalls with the beauty of mist and the sensation of coolness in your chest that makes everything else seem oblivious.

(These flowers are from the Lumley/Ackerson & Hardy's)
PHOTO: Proulx Photography 2009

To correspond with my male friends and family, it's like drinking the coldest beer on the hottest day, sitting in your pool chair. With an endless supply of Bikini Babes bringing you what you want when you want. Sounds good huh, well, Mountain waterfalls is my way of saying, HEAVEN!

Food tastes that much better, drinking juice, water, milk is so much easier, no gulping really. A smooth and sensual dance down my throat, with the flavors tickling my taste buds, like they have never been able to taste anything like that before. Bobby wasn't kidding, when he said, he found a new love in eating food again.

Bobby and Noreen Richer (Mother and Son) came to visit me in Toronto, and brought me a beautiful flower plant, and card. Bobby was celebrating his 9th anniversary of his Double Lung and Liver, and he is one of my inspirations by far. The only CF'er I knew of at the time, before I met Amanda and Tim, who had gone through transplant.
(PHOTO: Proulx Photography 2009)



When I was asked to make a speech 2 years ago for the CF AGM in Cornwall, all I could think about was being like Bobby. He's strong, and a very important part of my CF Community. I treasure knowing him, and being able to visit with him more frequently now than ever.

I also had a beautiful visit from Rebecca, Nanny and Stephanie. Stephanie brought me a Sudoku book, and the Lumley's Ackerson's and Hardy's & Nanny, gave me a beautiful flower arrangement. Thank you so very much, it was and still is beautiful.

Derek took these pictures at the apartment, because the hospital did it no justice, and we couldn't take the cellophane off, cause we did not know we could not have any flowers. Oops!

This is a picture he took of the Vase, it's cool cause it light up red, obviously. D'uh! So you can see how pretty they are.

Thanks for the pick me up guys, I love them very much.

(PHOTOS: Proulx Photography 2009)


Well, I will post pictures up of my stay in a little bit.
Hope everyone enjoys these so far.
Can't wait to
hear from you all.

Much love.
Alison

Organ Donation / Thank You

To Whom it may concern,
which is everyone reading this and more.


On January 15th, 2009 I had been listed to the Trillium Gift of Life Organ & Tissue Donation list, in a Category 2 state, which is he highest you can get for immediately needing lungs. I started my journey in Ottawa and finished first place in Toronto, on February 16th, 2009 on Canada's Second Annual Family Day.

God has given us a unique temple and fortress, that I like to call the Heart and soul.

It takes a really strong person to put themselves on an Organ Donation list, and an even stronger person to sign the card and register with the Ontario Health Government. You may have discussed with your family the option to be an organ and tissue donor, and that is a good thing, but it's more than just signing your Organ Donation card now. You must register with the Government, otherwise it's useless.


I was lessed that on February 15th, 2009 the gift of my new life came quickley. I cannot thank the famiy of this strong individual, whom I know nothing about, for their strength in believeing in this persons wishes to be an organ donor. Eveyday I breath, I take an extra one for "him/her" for they will live on forever with me.

I have been following Prliament these days with their request to make Organ Donation mandatory unless uotherwise stated for Religious beliefs, or you just don't want to, although I don't see why you wouldn't. Every human can save up to 8 others in donating organs, someitmes even 75 individuals can benefit from one human donation.

If you haven't signed you card, or talked to your family about it, I encourage you to do so. You must be 16 to donate your organs, unless it's a child, and then it's alittle more complicated. I have signed my card, but now I must register it with Health Canada and OHIP.

If you need anymore information regarding Organ & Tissue Donation please visit www.giftoflife.on.ca they have all the information you need.

I have some pretty amazing ideas slowly coming to fruition in the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled, all the people int he world need to know about these things, and I want you all to be a part of one of the best things you can do to keep another life going, even when you can't. If you donate your yourself, you will also get another chance at life. You may not experince it in your life, but in someone who really needs to be here, to carry on your name.

I plan on spreading the word, sending a Thank you to all those who helped me, and the family who so gereously allowed me to live with the lungs of their loved one. There aren't any words that can express my gratitude to them, their siblings and spouses.

I will have a more in depth blog about organ donation later on.

Breathing Easy
Ali