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BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay

Ferrara 20 Oct 05 - 01:28 PM
Jeanie 20 Oct 05 - 01:45 PM
GUEST 20 Oct 05 - 01:50 PM
Wesley S 20 Oct 05 - 01:52 PM
TheBigPinkLad 20 Oct 05 - 01:54 PM
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Ebbie 20 Oct 05 - 02:24 PM
Peace 20 Oct 05 - 02:28 PM
CarolC 20 Oct 05 - 02:44 PM
fat B****rd 20 Oct 05 - 02:48 PM
katlaughing 20 Oct 05 - 02:58 PM
Joe Offer 20 Oct 05 - 03:35 PM
Rapparee 20 Oct 05 - 03:45 PM
Amos 20 Oct 05 - 03:55 PM
Ferrara 20 Oct 05 - 04:10 PM
Ebbie 20 Oct 05 - 05:36 PM
Jack the Sailor 20 Oct 05 - 06:28 PM
RangerSteve 20 Oct 05 - 08:08 PM
Elmer Fudd 20 Oct 05 - 08:34 PM
Donuel 20 Oct 05 - 08:39 PM
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Subject: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 01:28 PM

I believe this is the first time I've ever started a BS thread but this is pretty neat and I am celebrating and I want to celebrate with my friends. My present heart and I first met exactly 10 years ago today! It was an arranged marriage, we met for the first time on our wedding day.... it was a good match (to quote the doctors, a "textbook match") and we have gotten along extremely well.

At the time, 10 years was considered a very successful run for a heart transplant. By now they have lots more understanding and new techniques and things are looking up all the time. I feel more than lucky.

Rita


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Jeanie
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 01:45 PM

That's fantastic, Rita. Congratulations !
- jeanie


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 01:50 PM

Excellent news good luck give your heart a kiss from me


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Wesley S
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 01:52 PM

Yes Rita - good news indeed. Just keep doing what you're doing to keep it healthy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 01:54 PM

It was an arranged marriage, we met for the first time on our wedding day

Happy Anniversary Rita ... this has to be the only occasion when I would encourage a 'spouse' to keep up the beatings! ;o)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:01 PM

And bless your heart for its presence in OUR lives, as well!

It must have had a very good chat with the old one, sort of an orientation heart-to-heart.

Hearty Birthday!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: jeffp
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:09 PM

Happy Rebirthday!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: frogprince
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:10 PM

Bet your wood-turnin' buddy is very glad to hear it pitter-pattin' away, too. And I bet you have a one-of-a-kind thread here. Congratulations, and all our wishes that "the beat goes on" for many moons to come.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:20 PM

Boy, am I ever glad the two of you fell in love and decided to stay together. The world would not be near as wonderful a place without you in it with that big ol' heart.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:24 PM

Wos. What everyone said. I'm SO glad you met your match.

To me you are the epitome - along with just maybe five other people -of the spirit that is the Getaway. Bless your pea-pickin' little ol' heart. sniff


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Peace
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:28 PM

Happy Birthday to both you and your heart, Rita.

I love hearing good news. And this news is beyond good by light years.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: CarolC
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:44 PM

Happy Anniversary to your wonderful heart, Rita. It was so good to see you at the Getaway. My only regret is that we didn't have more time there and that I didn't get to see you again before we left.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:48 PM

What an excellent thread, Rita. Congratulations to you both from fB.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 02:58 PM

Happy Anniversary, Rita! You know you were, and remain, a humungous inspiration to me and my new valve! Today is also the day I had my oldest daughter, Kirstie, 32 years ago!

That new technology is incredible, isn't it? I figure they'll be growing our own new parts before anything we've got slows down.

luvya and thanks!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 03:35 PM

What a wonderful heart it is!!
-and it's connected to a really lovely smile.
Congratulations, Rita!
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 03:45 PM

Cool beyond belief! Wonderful!

Keep on keepin' on!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Amos
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 03:55 PM

Rita:

Please give your heart the warmest possible thanks from me and, I am sure, from everyone who knows you; it is making a real difference in the world.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 04:10 PM

Bill and I just read these posts and we both got mushy and teary eyed. A lot of memories are coming back today.

You know, before I got my heart, I used to talk to my body, especially my immune system, which is the system that "rejects" a new organ. I would say, "Okay, guys, we are going to get a new member of the family, and I want you to welcome it. My old heart has done a wonderful job and held up very well in spite of a lot of problems, and I am very grateful, but this new heart will keep us going a lot longer. It will be part of us, not an intruder, so let's all welcome it." I visualized this heart settling in with no problems.

It turned out to be a perfect fit for me, a "textbook match" as I said, in fact the actual surgery was only about 3 and a half hours because it all fit so well.

My doctor told me not to worry whne the biopsies showed minor rejection, because "No one ever has zero rejection." Well, there have been a few blips, and one moderately serious bit of rejection, but I had zero rejection at my first heart biopsy, and I still had zero rejection at my latest biopsy last March.

Well I've been lucky twice in my partners, haven't I?


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 05:36 PM

Indeed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 06:28 PM

wonderful news!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: RangerSteve
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 08:08 PM

happy aniversary. I hope there will be a lot more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 08:34 PM

Heartfelt congrats.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 08:39 PM

We are all smiles here. You have a wonderful mind set and a special way with words.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: bbc
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 09:28 PM

Rita, your heart couldn't have a nicer home. I'm so happy the two of you got together & are getting along so well!

much love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 09:36 PM

Ah, Rita. How lucky that heart was to find the perfect spot in which to be put to good and constant use. You are loved, lady.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 09:43 PM

Rita - you are all heart anyway so how could this new piece not fit?

Congratulations. I am so glad that this wonderful medical technology has allowed me to meet and be friends with such a beautful lady.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Bobert
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 09:52 PM

Well, sniff...

I'm sure there is someone's spirit out there just goin', "You go, gal..."

Yeah, I'm sure they would rather still have it beatin' in their body but, hey, I thank he or she fir passin' on that gift to you which, in turn, has been a gift to all of us...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 10:21 PM

I hereby deputize BillD to give you and your anniversary heart a big hug from all of us! Congratulations!

(Just be sure he doesn't have a spatula in his pocket at the time of the hug!)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: open mike
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 12:16 AM

LUB DUB, LUB DUB!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ferrara
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 12:42 AM

thank you all for the good wishes. It has been a beautiful day. Good weather, Noreen and Stewart are still here, and tonight heard Dave Webber and Annie Fenniman (sp.?) in concert at Judy Cook's house. And lots of hugs all day, both real and virtual.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: KT
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 02:12 AM

Rita, what a wonderful cause for celebration! Know that we who love you are celebrating with you, and grateful. Your presence is gift to the lives of so many!
KT


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 08:03 PM

I feel like I've been peeling onions...


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ebbie
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 08:24 PM

Foolestroupe, if you have not met Rita Ferrara in the flesh you have missed a treat. She is a lovely bird with the soul of a swan. (No, I don't mean it as slang!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Auggie
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 09:36 PM

Congratulations Rita, and many happy returns.

One of the thoughts that all the above posts prompted (besides that Rita must be a lovely soul) was that I should find my wallet, find my new drivers license, and sign the organ donor section on the back.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 22 Oct 05 - 11:26 AM

Sorry not to have seen this before.
32 gun salute--firecrackers--sorry you needed one butrejoice that you are still tootling along. A privilege to thank the God I believe in that you are in the world. It has made my life better. (I am very selfish, I know.) I suspect I'm not the only one who find's that to be the case.             Tw


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 22 Oct 05 - 11:32 AM

So glad it has worked out so well for you and that you are here among us today. You have made a lot of people very happy.
--Linda


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Oct 05 - 02:11 PM

Sigh... Thank you for sharing this with me. We're having a discussion about shy people on the getaway thread. I realized I was almost too shy to put this up, it seems rather "I-centered," but I did want to share the wonder of it with my friends.

I've always thought of transplants as "medical miracles," but feel there's another more personal miracle that comes first; and that's when a family who have just suffered a sudden loss, can find it in their hearts to make an organ donation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Oct 05 - 02:16 PM

If any mudcatters have been in that situation I hope that reading this thread has helped them to know what such a donation can mean to others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Oct 05 - 10:50 PM

You went through a lot to get where you are today, Rita. This thread gives us a chance to travel part of the way with you. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Bill D
Date: 23 Oct 05 - 12:00 AM

...and you can all guess what that heart has meant to me.

I could type 27 paragraphs and not say it all, but it made very clear to us what wonderful friends we had to see us through the hard year before and several years after that wonderful gift.


imagine 26 more paragraphs here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Oct 05 - 01:38 AM

We can read them clearly, Bill. (You have a wonderful way with words!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Oct 05 - 02:24 AM

But you forgot the ellipses, BillDee...hee-hee! Ebbie's right, though, we can read them. It's a wonderful life with you two in it, and your son, too! I'll bet he's mighty happy about it, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 07:39 PM

Well, we missed the anniversary, but here ya are. Now it's 13 years! I just read a neat article on tricking the heart into healing through use of UV rays and ozone and thought of you, Rita, (as the young woman cited needed a heart transplant until they tried the new therapy) and of the rest of us who have been through some heart challenges. Anywho, thought some of us might like to read it and decided it would be nice to tell your heart happy anniversary, too! Here's the Article.

And, Happy Anniversary, Rita's Heart!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 08:47 PM

The wonders of Medical Science ! Keep it pumping !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Skivee
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 11:09 PM

Hugs to all of you


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 11:37 PM

Whatever heart is in Rita, as far as I am concerned, at any one time-- is not replaceable. Recylable if needed, but not replaceable. :~)

Because she's what really makes it beat, ya know. With her real, inner heart. The one in her character and soul.


It's been too long, Rita. Room is ready.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 05:54 AM

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Rita that is amazing, I am so pleased for you both.
It just goes to show that arranged marriages work.

XG


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: gnu
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 07:40 AM

Indeed. Amazing stuff. And TRULY heart warming.


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 10:27 AM

awwwww... what a nice thing to wake up to this morning! I shall nudge herself to check out the BS threads. *smile*

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥   (I think that's 13)


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Subject: RE: BS: Today is my heart's 10th anniversay
From: Tinker
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 10:45 AM

Love and Care for one's own heart..... makes me smile.

Love ya Lady,

tink


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