Nowadays, we are all touched by cancer in some way – a grandparent, a spouse, a friend. It is so difficult to watch our loved ones’ health deteriorate and feel helpless, but every once in a while, we are given the chance to be a part of a life-saving miracle. This is my story:
In June of 2012 I found out my stepdad, Ted, had liver cancer and needed a transplant to survive. I knew as soon as I heard, that I would be willing to undergo a live liver donation surgery in order to save his life. I had been praying for my family for years, so when given this opportunity to show them God’s love in this real and practical way, how could I even think twice about it?
After 7 months of waiting and testing to make sure I would be a good match, we had our live liver transplant surgery on February 12, 2013. It took 8 hours of surgery for them to take the entire right lobe of my liver out, 13 hours of surgery for them to remove Ted’s cancerous liver and transplant mine into his body, a few weeks for both of our livers to regenerate to almost 100%, 3 months of recovery, and a rockin’ awesome 8” scar on my belly that serves as a daily reminder of the incredible experience I got to be a part of. All of this to say that it was worth every second. I will be forever humbled and grateful to be given this special opportunity to give someone else a second chance at life. After all, it is only when we start living for others that we truly find out what it means to live.
I share my story now, not for praise, but in the hope that this small chapter of my life will inspire others to do something kind for someone else. There is far too much selfishness in this world, let’s change the world one kind act at a time.
“We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other. If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.” -1 John 3:16-18
– Melissa Corbett, Compliance Administrator