The story of Jackie’s life has been one of laughter, strength and courage.
While in the midst of raising her family of 5 children, Jackie battled many health challenges, spending many years with undiagnosed autoimmune disorders. The result – irreversible damage to her liver. Jackie was finally diagnosed in 1995 by theMayo Clinic with autoimmune cholangiopathy. Think about this as the equivalent of cirrhosis of the liver, though Jackie has never been a drinker.
Jackie is the ultimate warrior, manifesting strength and courage all along the way with her 20+ year battle with this disease. Jackie always has a smile, a laugh, a word for those around her.
The time has come that Jackie is sick enough to qualify for a liver transplant. Rather than knocking on death’s door, Jackie is now standing at the door of hope – hope for a new liver and the ability to live a long and happy life.
The organ transplant processis complicated. Hurry up and wait. Doctor and hospital visits, many trips fromGrand Junction to Denver, And the knowledge that to receive a new liver means agreat loss for another family. It is a time of courage and hope.
When a liver becomes available for Jackie, she will have a long hospital stay, plus~4 weeks that she needs to be in Denver near her surgical team. There will be a lifetime of anti-rejections meds and continued doctor visits.
What can you do to help?
- Send loving,healing thoughts and prayers for Jackie and her family
- Communicate with Jackie and her family on this site – message are really wonderful!
- If you are not already, become an organ donor
- When the time comes for the actual transplant, please remember the donor’s family in your thoughts and prayers
- If you can help, the Bender family faces extreme financial challenges during this time; all donations will be used for travel and medical expenses. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Life is precious indeed. Hug those you love, and say those 3 precious words - 'I love you'. Please share this amazing gift of life with others and make sure you are an organ donor! Namaste