Two Years in the Rapids: a Photo Essay of Gratitude

 

Randy is the last guy on the left, I'm next to him.

Randy is the last guy on the left, I’m next to him.

Today marks the two year anniversary of my husband’s double lung transplant! We are celebrating by enjoying a trip to Aspen with another couple, who stood by us all the way.  Yesterday, we whitewater rafted (and floated) the Colorado River, and I think that is a fair analogy of the last couple of years!

Our close friends are a gift, we are the back four!

Our close friends are a gift, we are the back four!

I want to thank our friends and family who stood by us during a horribly uncertain time, and continue to give us their love and support. There really are no words to convey the depth of our gratitude…so here are some photos of the last two years.

Enjoying the waters of Cozumel!

Enjoying the waters of Cozumel!

Randy with two of the most amazing doctors one could ever meet: Srinvivas Bollenini and Vaidehi Kaza.

Randy with two of the most amazing doctors one could ever meet: Srinvivas Bollenini and Vaidehi Kaza.

Randy with an ICU Nurse and the nurse who is the Transplant Clinic coordinator, Ann Cuddy.

Randy with an ICU Nurse and the nurse who is the Transplant Clinic coordinator, Ann Cuddy.

We had fun riding bikes on the beach!

We had fun riding bikes on the beach with family in March 2015!

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Family.

At Shamrockin' for a Cure, March 7.

At Shamrockin’ for a Cure, March 7.

Randy and I at a fall wedding.

Randy and I at a fall wedding.

High School Reunion

High School Reunion!

Celebratory brunch at Lark on the Park.

Celebratory brunch at Lark on the Park. One year post!

Ally and Wes with their Pop Pop.

Ally and Wes with their Pop Pop.

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Alexandra and some of her “other moms”.

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We welcomed a new member of the family in 2015!

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In Lake Tahoe with Jill and Don 2014.

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In January 2014, friends from around the country came to celebrate Randy's recovery.

In January 2014, friends from around the country came to celebrate Randy’s recovery.

UT Southwestern saves lives.

UT Southwestern saves lives.

These boys are family.

These boys are family.

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Family!

 

 

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We will have two new family members this year!

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Holly, Mande, and Dana are always there.

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Celebrating the holidays 2013 with friends whom regard as family.

 

Captain Ran

Captain Ran

 

The happiest Thanksgiving ever, 2013!

The happiest Thanksgiving ever, 2013!

Great and supportive friends

Great and supportive friends

Thank you.

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Tam, What a wonderful summary of an eddy-filled but ultimately positive two year journey with Randy. Thank you for sharing a tale of strength and love. And what a great trip to celebrate!
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  2. That looks like a fun trip and what a perfect way to celebrate. Best wishes to Randy for continued good health. Beautiful photos!

  3. Elnora Cameron says:

    What a thoughtful way to celebrate this important anniversary!

  4. The gratitude and love radiates from every photo here. A lovely way to celebrate the anniversary! Best wishes for many, many more years of happy times to come!
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  5. Love the photos and readinga bout your milestone annivesary!

  6. Lyn Torres says:

    Made me cry and so glad you stayed in your raft. Those rapids look for real!! Love you!

  7. Joan Stommen says:

    What an awesome way to celebrate! Thank you for sharing… the pics really do tell the story! I remember your fear and concern two years ago….my husband had just passed away and you took time to comment/send me a beautiful message! I know your travels have hit some bumps; I’m so happy to know he’s recovered, healthy and happily trekking with you again!

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