Wednesday, April 28, 2010

One Year and Still Here

I just wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout out 'thank you' to everyone in my life. I have been so amazingly blessed to have such an incredible support system around me that includes friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and people that I don't even know but still pray for and support me. I don't know what I have done to receive such love, but I guess that's a good thing because I also don't know how to screw it all up and lose all of that support. Today marks my one year anniversary since I was operated on to receive a new liver, and I think about this miracle every day. I haven't totally figured out why Megan and I have been tested so much recently, but we thank God every day for all of the people we have in our lives that make life so good. I am especially grateful for Megan and her unbelievable heart. Megan blesses the lives of others everywhere she goes and leaves joy and happiness with everyone when she leaves. I am so lucky to have her in my life forever, and her support has blessed me and strengthened me greatly. It's too bad for the rest of you that you don't get to have her as much as I do, but I got her first so deal with that! Anyway, I just want to thank everyone who has helped me be me - not only during this past year, but always. It feels good to look back on where I was a year ago and think about all of the events that have taken me to where I am today. This last year has given Megan and I some difficult times, but we've loved it... I guess I shouldn't speak for Megan - I've loved it. Actually just today I mentioned to Megan how I thought our first trip to the hospital back in mid-April last year was "fun" and she just said, "Fun?" It was fun though, for me. I guess my bed was more comfortable than hers. It was a good learning experience, just as this whole past couple of years have been, and learning is fun, even when it's hard. It also feels good to read back through these blogs and emails and letters and everything that you've all sent us, and realize just how good the people in our lives are. I love you all. I just hope that The Lord will bless everyone who has helped me to know that prayers work, that God is real, and I'm walking proof of that today, and will be for a long, long time. So here's to many more years!
Peace and love.


  1. I completely echo everything you just said, Ferd - especially the things about your sweet, wonderful Megan. You have indeed been blessed in so very many ways! One of the best aspects of this whole experience has been the re-focus for ALL of us on what is truly important - relationships (both temporal and Heavenly) and the love that we share. Sorry you two had to be the teachers, but thanks!

  2. I just found your blog through the story Amy Donaldson did on you. What an inspiration! I am a PSCer, no major symptoms at this time. 40 years old, with Crohn's. I know the realities, but stories like yours always give so much hope and encouragement to us with such an unpredictable and unforgiving disease. Best wishes to you both!

    Shawnee Ryan