Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I wanted to share an amazing story with all of you....
I stumbled upon this blog,  The Stylish House, in the middle of the night Sunday, while I was waiting for photos to upload into my blogger.
This is a picture of a beautiful young girl, named Heather.
Heather, sadly suffers from a disease called, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. 
Heather is in need of a liver transplant.
She needed to find a live donor, with type O blood type.
Cathy, Heather's mom, posted about her daughter's medical condition, on her blog, The Stylish House, and asked if other blogger's would spread the word about her daughter's medical condition.
After reading Cathy's post,  another blogger's husband,  courageously  stepped forward to be Heather's donor.
Heather's donor was officially approved and Heather is set to have surgery November 15th.   Cathy will be starting a caring bridge site to keep us all updated on Heather's condition.
I hope you get the chance to go over and visit Cathy, over at the Stylish House.

Please keep Heather and her family, along with her courageous donor in your thoughts and prayers.

I just wanted to make sure you all  read a comment that Cathy, Heather's mom,  left on this post....

Maria,
Thank you for sharing my daughter Heather’s story with your readers. Heather was the picture of health growing up so her illness was unexpected. Twenty five friends and family stepped forward to donate, but none had a compatible blood type so I used my blog to find a donor.
The word grateful doesn’t begin to cover how we feel about this wonderful man Robert and his wife Kayren who are helping us.
Transplants are life saving and if this can happen to our family it can happen to anyone. We never intended to go public with our story, but our wish is that it might get people thinking about organ donation. Thank you for your kindness, support and prayers!
Hugs, Cathy 

46 comments:

KarenSue said...

I certainly will! This will be all around blog land in no time and lots of prayers will be her way.
Thank you,
KarenSue

cowparsley said...

Wow what courage, my very best wishes and thoughts to Heather, may all be well, what a beautiful woman. Thanks for telling us about her.

XX

traci said...

thanks for telling us this story. there are surely good people in the world. they are all in my prayers. have a wonderful day maria!

Between You and Me said...

wow....the donor is the husband of a fellow blogger...amazing. absolutely amazing.

praying for all of them!

LuluD said...

Thanks for sharing this story. I'm going to pass it along to French Charming's butterfly project. There are so many big hearts in blogland.

lisaroyhandbags said...

The love in blogland never ceases to amaze me - there are such incredible people out there and this story truly gave me goosebumps. My prayers go out to Heather and her beautiful donor. xo

michelle said...

That is so amazing on both their parts! It is so great to know that there are wonderful people out there and would do this! My aunt had scleroderma which is essentially the hardening of all tissue, I know what she went through and Heather is truly amazing and inspirational! Prayers will go out and I will visit her site and stay updated. Thank you!

Carole said...

How courageous and generous of a blogger's husband to donate his kidney to Heather.

Prayers and blessings for all.

Anne Marie said...

i will

and I have visited her site..people are so good aren't they?

have a great day!!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

AMEN! That is incredible!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

The Frosted Gardner said...

Maria,

What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of generosity with us. There are good people in the world. I wish them all luck and many days of good health ahead.

Melanie @ The Frosted Gardner

The Frosted Gardner said...

Maria,

What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of generosity with us. There are good people in the world. I wish them all luck and many days of good health ahead.

Melanie @ The Frosted Gardner

tales from an oc cottage said...

How AWESOME! And humbling...wow!


m ^..^

Stephanie@cre8tive said...

That gave me the chills, so uplifting to hear this story. What a saint that blogger's husband is, the power of blogging never ceases to amaze me.

Melaine Thompson said...

amazing story! I am type O, I would have seriously considered it.....so happy someone stepped up to the plate. She is gorgeous!

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*Wow such a blessing and a miracle!! Praying for her and her family~*~* Rachel

Rozmeen said...

Hi Maria,

I read about her on another blog. She found a donor Robert and my prayers are with her and her family.

Hugs,
Rozmeen

ps did you get my email?

TheVirginiaHouse said...

I saw her blog a few weeks ago. It gave me chill bumps reading about how he has stepped up. That is so amazing! I hope they both do well!

The Stylish House said...

Maria,
Thank you for sharing my daughter Heather’s story with your readers. Heather was the picture of health growing up so her illness was unexpected. Twenty five friends and family stepped forward to donate, but none had a compatible blood type so I used my blog to find a donor.
The word grateful doesn’t begin to cover how we feel about this wonderful man Robert and his wife Kayren who are helping us.
Transplants are life saving and if this can happen to our family it can happen to anyone. We never intended to go public with our story, but our wish is that it might get people thinking about organ donation. Thank you for your kindness, support and prayers!
Hugs, Cathy

Lindsay said...

Wow this is so inspirational. THank you for sharing Maria! I will keep this family in my thoughts and prayers!

Nancy said...

I had read before of Heather's need for a transplant but am happy to now learn she has a donor. What a wonderful gift for her!

Nancy

It's me said...

Maria great of you that you post this...come and see my blog...i post monday also a post about Heather........lovely thoughts....happy day darling....love Ria

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Maria,
So nice you're bringing attention to Cathy's blog and her sweet daughter's story of the need of an organ donor and the kind man that's stepped up to be that donor.

I have to add, I wish that every person in this country would remember to check off that box giving consent to be a donor themselves and place that little red dot on license and information cards.

Great post, Maria and so important!
xoxo~Tracie

Apple said...

This story is pure emotion.
I have not word...

Apple
http://applepiechiclife.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

This is just absolutely AMAZING! God does answer prayers and we will continue to pray!

Allison said...

Maria - You are lovely to post this. It's an emotional story for me as it hits home having gone through this with my brother-in-law. My husband is now on the national list to donate bone marrow. I will keep Heather and her family in my prayers and also Robert and his wife in my prayers. Robert is a wonderful man to step up and do this and obvioulsy has a lot of compassion for others. Bless him. It's a heartwarming story.

BonjourRomance said...

RObert is such acraing and courageous man to step forward like this. I will keep Heather and Robert in my prayers, as well as all the families. We will agree in prayer that all goes smoothly and both recover quickly!
God bless such compassion!
Mimi

Heaven's Walk - said...

First of all, Maria - what a blessing you are in blogland. Just a total blessing, friend. To share Heather's story out here so that all of us can be her prayer warriors is just beautiful of you. Second, I will add Heather to my prayer list and lift her name up daily for a successful surgery and quick recovery. And third, God bless Robert for being a donor. What an amazing gift of life....

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Sunday Ruffles said...

Beautiful Maria, you have led the way for many of us who are new to blogland to see how this marvellous medium can be used, not just for fabulous entertainment, but for so much good. I am in Australia but have just donated to this lovely lady's (www.jodyrlanders.com) request for vitamins. Such a simple thing, such a huge impact. Thank you again Maria for being a positive influence in this world. Kind regards ... Felicity

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

That gave me goosebumps. Blogland rocks! I'm grateful too. as a mom I couldnt imagine what that would be like.

escapade said...

This is such a touching story, so happy you shared it! Really is such a testament to what an effect your blog and your voice can have.

Just discovering your blog - it's beautiful! I share your addiction to soft dreamy shades of white
xo

Ness Lockyer said...

You know this resonates with me Maria while my HUsband waits on a double Kidney transplant. It gives me hope that he will be ok and that there are people out there who will put themselves through this for a stranger to give them a better life. What an amazing story, and what an amazing place is blogland.
Ness xx

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Amazing story!
The power of blogging is really something, isn't it?

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh such a touching story. I have that blood type...I thought that was the most common donor type. Must have had a special rh factor or something. Thanks for sharing. I'll keep her in my prayers.

Signe said...

wow, what an amazing story! will go read up on her blog for sure!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

First of all, thanks for following my blog, you were one of the first blogs I followed when I started. I love yours! Secondly I was so happy for Cathy and her daughter to have found a donor. She was one of the first bloggers to give me advice on how to set up my blog, as I admired hers. She is a generous and lovely woman.

Sommer said...

Never ceases to amaze me what kind hearted people will step up and do for a complete stranger. I wish I could be an organ donor. Unfortunately I too suffer from liver disease. I had leukemia when I was 7yrs old and when I had numerous blood transfusions I ended up contracting Hepatitis C. I found out when I was 19 and have battled with it since. I'm so happy when I see stories like this. I wish both Heather Robert the best of luck in the surgery.

Robyn said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I didn't know that a donor had stepped forward, how incredibly wonderful. I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers.

Rozmeen said...

Hi Maria,

I just sended you an email a few minutes ago. My daughter was ill this weekend so I couldn't find the time to sit behind my computer. Let me know if you got my email.

A big hug to you my friend,
Rozmeen

Jacqueline said...

Dear Maria,
Just to say that I already knew of Heather's story. What a miracle to find a matching donor on her mother's blog.
I wish Heather and Robert well and for full recoveries after surgery. XXXX

All Things Beautiful... said...

I am so blessed (but not in the least surprised) to see that the blogging world is filled with such kind, caring folk...to you, for posting the need, and to Kayren and especially her husband Robert...and every person who sent their prayers up...this is what makes this SUCH a powerful place...lets keep the ripples going...one life touching another and then another...and then another...

Kerri said...

What an amazing gift. And it just goes to show what a wonderful medium blogging is. I for one am always amazed at the things that arise from one post. Thanks for sharing this Maria. K xx

Tina said...

Wishing Heather and her donor Robert the very best! What an amazing story and gift. Thanks for bringing this story to us Maria. ~ Tina xx

Tamarah said...

Maria Love I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes THANKING the powers that be for the GEROUSITY of this wonderful man Robert & the courage of Heather & her family....THANK YOU for sharing this WONDERFUL & UPLIFTING story....!!

Cheers from Australia,
Tamarah :o)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What a beautiful story and with a happy ending. The power of blogging will never cease to amaze me. Maybe when it's done for the good, it's another way that God can answer prayers, yes? Blessings to Heather and her family. And bless you for passing the story on.

Nel said...

Such a heartwarming, selfless story... love and prayers being sent their way!