As I sit to write, my heart is heavy. I am almost overwhelmed by the realization that life is so precious and so short, yet we take it for granted daily. I wonder why we waste time getting angry over dropping ice or spend time complaining over the fact that some Starbucks stores only carry Peppermint flavoring seasonally. Well, maybe I’m the only one encountering those specific examples (especially when one of them requires bending over 8 months pregnant). But I laugh at my immaturity, and tear up knowing that I let such petty details in life raise my blood pressure when my dear friend, Megan, fights for her every breath.
Toward the beginning of December, I briefly described Megan’s heart condition and the struggles she was facing. At the beginning of February, I upated you, and explained that she had been added to the heart transplant list. Today, Megan’s condition is worse and she is fighting for her every breath.
On the first of April, Megan was admitted into the Cardiac Care Unit at Barnes’ Jewish Hopsital for additional medications. The meds were to help strengthen her heart so it could pump blood to all of her vital organs. On April 3rd, a left ventricle assist device was inserted into her chest to temporarily function as the left ventricle of the heart. She spent the next few days resting. The past week and a half or so, Megan’s condition has been up and down. On good days, she was able to eat small bits of food and actually keep it down while bad days consisted of poor sleeping, little or no food intake, and no energy. However, blessings from above were poured out to her on April 9th. Four nurses decided she needed a better view and took 30 minutes to move her and all equipment to a suite overlooking Forest Park – best view in St. Louis. The same day, she received a call from American Idol’s very own, Danny Gokey. Danny was our favorite Idol from last season and we talked about voting for him throughout the entire season! According to Megan’s dad, Danny encouraged her and lifted her spirits. Danny’s wife died of a heart condition three weeks before he auditioned for A.I. So I truly thank him for showing Jesus’s love to Megan on this particular day.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, the doctors informed Megan’s parents that her time was running out. They are giving Megan and the family until Monday to receive a new heart. Otherwise, she will receive a mechanical heart which will drop her out of the #1 status on the transplant list. As of this morning, her condition has worsened yet, and she is struggling for every breath. Doctors are in and out of her room, and this afternoon there will be a bedside surgical procedure to relieve fluid around her lungs & heart. In addition, her white blood count is rising.
From my extremely close friendship with Megan in 2004-2005, I know she is a Christian and follower of Christ. She is only 23-years-old and full of life! My prayer is that God will grant her a new heart and sustain her life for many years so she can live a long, somewhat healthy life. But the irony of praying for a new heart is the fact that the new heart has to come from someone else… do I want someone else’s friend or family to experience a death in the family? No! But I also desperately want to see God heal my friend. I’ve been asking that God definitely not take the heart from a non-believer who hasn’t given his/her life to the Lord. And I’ve also been asking that someone not have to suddenly and unexpectedly lose a life. Fortunately, I have hope in a God who has Megan’s life in His hands. I know there is a plan behind this mess and that He works together for the good of those who love Him. So ultimately, I must put my complete trust in Him…as Megan’s family is so faithfully doing.
Megan was interviewed earlier this week by News Channel 5 in St. Louis. She courageously shares her story with viewers and you get a glimpse at her sweet, sweet spirit. I hope you will take the opportunity to watch the interview here: http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=78093481001#/Health/23%2Dyear%2Dold+finds+herself+on+heart+transplant+waiting+list/48541678001/48340612001/78093481001.
Megan’s family is keeping a blog called Megan’s Story with at least one update per date on her condition. Through Megan’s blog, you have the opportunity to give to her family. I can’t imagine the financial stress a situation like Megan’s could cause; therefore, if you’re able and willing, I ask that you donate something…ANYTHING…just to show Christ’s love to a family in need.
THANK YOU, to all of my friends and family who have been praying for Megan. I receive encouraging words via Facebook often from the many people who are praying for her, and many of them don’t even know Megan! We serve a MIGHTY God – I know He LISTENS the prayers that are lifted up and will ultimately take care of Megan.