Welcome to the Greatest Gift blog, my site promoting better support for living organ donors.
In November 2005, a single, simple sentence vaulted me into the world of blogging: “Welcome, friends, to Chopped Liver, my new blog about my quest to become a liver donor for my brother, who is suffering from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.” I knew back then that my donation would be life-changing for me and my whole family, but I had no idea that the very act of chronicling my journey as a living donor would also be life changing. It was.
I had created that first blog only to help my friends and family keep tabs with our progress toward the transplant. It became so much more. Not only did it serve as a tremendously therapeutic outlet for me as I dealt with some rather intimidating emotions, but suddenly, from all over the country and the world people started to email me and leave comments. People who, like me, were becoming living donors. Or thinking about it. Or deciding not to. Or knew someone. And all of them, like me, just needed an outlet and a support network behind them. All of them, like I had done, were turning to the Internet to find help.
I launched the Greatest Gift Foundation in October 2007 to offer a more formal means of community support for living donors. We closed it down in 2010 — but my work continues; I’m now working on a book — “The Living Donor Handbook.”
My brother Joe is doing okay now, four and a half years later. This is us at the right, about 28 months after our transplant. You can read our story here.)
This blog is home to my ongoing personal thoughts and experiences, as well as a channel for introducing you to the living donors and others who make up our community and, for sharing important news stories and links to other resources in Cyberspace. In short, it’s just like my original blog, excpet this time it’s not about me. It’s about all of us.
Enjoy. Comment. Share. Link to us. Start your own! And above all, thank you for stopping by.