Diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at only five weeks old, we found out our daughter Anna would have to undergo a six hour surgery to keep her from needing an immediate liver transplant. The procedure was a success and for eight years she lived a pretty good life with her parents, two sisters, and three dogs.…

My connection to donation is two sided, as a recipient and a donor. My first experience was toward the end of college I was diagnosed with keratoconus. I finished college and one day while playing tennis I noticed that I was experiencing even more difficulties following the ball. My keratoconus had progressed and I would…

My name is Terri Flamm, and I am a tissue recipient. As a Physical Education teacher at New Richmond High School (also my alma mater) and as a lifelong athlete, my mobility is everything to me. I was a three sport athlete in high school, playing soccer, basketball and track.  I even went on to play fast…

My husband, Dr. Bruce Ashley, was the love of my life. I was so blessed to have him as my best friend and husband for 37 years. He lived life to the fullest as an adventurer and a dreamer. As an emergency room physician, he worked many hours but he always made time for his…

April 23, 2016 marked the 24th day for us in the hospital. I was in the bathroom giving myself a pep talk and when I came out, Dr. Villa was standing in the doorway with a box of tissues. I assumed something was terribly wrong. He sat down, and with a tear in his eye…

The worst day of our lives happened on April 29, 2014. The night we received a knock on the door at 3:30 am, telling us to go to the hospital. There had been an accident and our son, Ryan, was being resuscitated. Every parent’s worst nightmare was happening to us. Ryan had overdosed on heroin…

In 2009 I was a single mom of four, working as an LPN. I was taking a shower and passed out. I saw my doctor to see if we could figure out what was going on. The next day I while taking my kids to school, my doctor called and insisted I go to the…

At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. While in college I lost 50 lbs. and mistakenly thought I no longer needed to manage my condition. I was wrong. As a result, in 2009 I was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. My doctors told me that if I didn’t receive a…

In February 2012, I heard the three words that nobody ever wants to hear… “You have cancer”. I was diagnosed with liver cancer and was told the only treatment option was a transplant. You go through every range of emotion, sadness, anger, and confusion. As the days passed, I became sicker and spent my time…

Our first and only child, Christopher Louis Jones, Jr., (“Junior”) passed away in my arms at 10 days of age on July 31, 2015. Leading up to that day, doctors told us that due to his various medical issues, we would have to make some very difficult decisions about his life. We made the most…