I never really celebrate my txp. anniversary, but I think it's time to start now! Exactly 12 years ago, I had my life saving liver transplant after a severe reaction to a thyroid medication. Tonight I will go celebrate with my youngest sister who is always in charge of the party department each time I visit my family in Puerto Rico. Well, we're actually celebrating that it is Friday, but I'll throw in my anniversary into the mix!
Also, I want to tell you about one of my favorite people, my uncle Victor who died last month in Puerto Rico where I am now. Although I wasn't going to write a blog post about it, Holly
helped me see that it was a good idea to tell the cafe a little about him and his life.
The thing is that although he likely left this world believing that he didn't make much of a difference on the world and may have felt that he didn't accomplish much in his own life, he is actually, in huge part, the reason Transplant Cafe exist. As a very young child while I was still living in Puerto Rico, uncle Victor (or as I called him 'Tio Victor') literally blew my mind each time I visited him with amazing concepts of human potential. Concepts and education which at that age (9-13) were truly paradigm shifting for me. He was a well read, self educated man who never had any children of his own, to whom I seemed to fill that role.
He would talk to me about authors like Napoleon Hill and his book "Think and Grow Rich
" which is about much more than just making a bunch of money, as well as politics and economics and personal growth and empowerment. He would say things like "the human mind will always be much more powerful, able and important than the most powerful and largest computer man could ever create" and so on.
And at that age that was, at least to me, an amazing education that I wasn't getting from any other person or institution. He definitely paved the way for the type of mindset that I personally needed to trust my own abilities and get passed my own limitations and actually pursue an endeavor such as Transplant Cafe and other great things happening in my life.
So as I sensed that my uncle was in his last days I did get a chance to tell him that his advice, bigger-than-life concepts, books and guidance made a difference to me and the lives of many. And, I thought it would be good to let you, the members of the cafe, know about him as well.
Today, I am humbled to receive messages on my page and email center of members telling me how much this site has touched and affected them positively. Really, notes and messages that I never thought I would be part of anything that would motivate others to write such heartfelt thoughts and thank you's to me. So, thank you as well for making the cafe your community and for helping me bid goodbye to my uncle Victor, literally the reason that the idea of TransplantCafe.com was acted upon and brought about.