Terry's family on his mom's side, has a very long history of Cardiomyopathy, congestive heart disease. It has already claimed the lives of several family members, including Terry's mom and only brother. Terry was diagnosed with it in March, 1998. By the grace of God, Terry was blessed with a heart transplant in October 2001. Since then Terry has felt better than ever, earned a collge degree, and re-entered the work force in September 2004. Terry has to take daily doses of strong anti-rejection medication, have regular check-ups and blood work and have an annual biopsy/heart catheterization. It is this life-saving medication that has also destroyed his kidneys. Early this year we discovered Terry's need for a transplant. Due to his previous heart transplant, Terry is not a good candidate for dialysis. He can do it for a short time if needed, but it is not a long term option like it would be for someone that did not already have a heart transplant. Thankfully the wonderful transplant doctors at Florida Hospital recognized his need for a transplant and his case was "expedited", that was one of many answers to prayer. Terry went through the extensive evaluation process and was considered an excellent candidate for transplant in late May of this year and was placed on the UNOS transplant list.
Now Jump forward to November 30, 2010
“Good morning Friends and family!
If any of you have not heard yet, we have a surgery date of December 29th! We are so excited and THANKFUL to our incredible friend, Tim, and his whole family for this amazing gift of love. Tears of joy and relief have been flowing daily as the realization sets in that Terry will soon be on his way to recovery and feeling good again.”
This Christmas season what better example of God’s love then this.
I ask each of you to pray for my good friends Terry, Tim and their families. Pray for the doctors that they will have steady hands, Pray for the nurses as they comfort. Pray that God’s love will be shown to those who need it.
December 27th Pre opt
December 29th surgery
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
- John 15:13 (New International Version)
Dear Lord we pray for Terry and Tim, that they will have a real peace throughout this experience You are taking them. We pray for the doctors as they perform these two surgeries that they will have steady hands and that they will use the talents and knowledge that you have given them. We pray that through this we as brothers and sisters will be drawn closer to each other but more importantly closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen