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Journal entry by Carla Jackson

It's been a little over 6 months since Carla's liver transplant. Thankfully she is now drain and stent free. All who know her understand this means she is FREE. She can drive and is able to take care of all the small errands she wasn't allowed to handle on her own over the past 6 months. She is very grateful to all her friends and family who supported her in this journey, taking her to Dr appointments, delivering food, grocery shopping and other incidentals. She still tires easily, but she's happy to have control over her life.

While recovering from her blessing, one thing she did move forward with was the non-profit she began in 2018. The Be Not Afraid, LLC official website is www.donateliveliver.com.  Currently, the marketing campaign is for raising funds for the liver database. This is needed to collect names of liver donors; donors needed to help save lives.

The day after Carla's transplant, Be Not Afraid, LLC had its first donor. Cathie Seibert, (Carla's donor), husband, Jeff Seibert.  He visited Carla and expressed his interest in being a donor. So now the campaign begins.  Please share with everyone you know the URL.  The database is needed to help save lives, and educate the public on live liver donation.

Thank you for all your prayers and well withes. 

Read the most recent article regarding Carla and Kathie journey on the attached link, https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/health/cobb-doctor-needed-liver-she-found-one-few-miles-from-her-home/h6MtOmzT6i2S9Ms7n4LDRI/.

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Journal entry by Carla Jackson

Carla spent last night in the hospital. She's home again today but we have to get busy. She has one bile duct that has a small leak. When the family met with the surgeon after her transplant, he said that might be a problem.
 
Please, when you go to church tomorrow, light a candle, ask your Intercessory Prayer Warriors to say a special prayer that all bile ducts close/ heal so that all of the drains can be removed from Carla's body.
 
She is not worried. As you can see from this weeks picture, her complexion is great, her faith is strong but prayer does what no one else can. God hears us.
 
Lord, your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration and I thank you for the miracles you still perform today...
 
"LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me." ~ Psalms 30:2

Thank you for your continued support!

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Journal entry by Carla Jackson

Carla is doing well. She is glad to be home and getting into a schedule. One of her sons was home for a few days which was good for both of them.

On Sunday, Carla was moving around slowly being limited by staples and the jp's.

Three weeks and one day - post surgery at clinic visit. Thank you for all of your prayers! He's worthy to be praised! 
Tuesday, the staples were removed!!!!!

#fightandconquer#wegotthis#butGod#friendsdontletfriendsgotodrsalone.

 
 

Journal entry by Carla Jackson

Carla had her first follow-up appointment at 7:30 this morning. Overall, it went well. She has a small bile leak that appears to be healing, so she will remain on antibiotics. 
She may now go out with infection control caution, (masks and a lot of hand sanitizer.) Her menu has been slightly expanded and those pesky JP bulbs are still around. Continue to pray the fluid slows so she can say good-bye to the JP's!
Her spirit and outlook are positive. God is in control.

Journal entry by Carla Jackson

Today is a day Carla has wanted for 13 days - She is Going HOME!!!!
She is being released, feeling better than she has in years; grateful to a special Angel, here on earth, that God sent to give her a new lease on life. Carla's family and friends will be forever grateful to Cathie Seibert for her generous heart, and like Cathie last Saturday, Carla is going home today. 

Yesterday was a celebration for Wesley. Today is a celebration for Carla. After 8 years, she will go home with a new liver and God's vision for her to continue helping others. She is still recovering, and will need time and rest before resuming the active lifestyle she is accustom to living but, she is on her way.
We ask that you continue to pray for both Carla and Cathie! We are also asking for a special prayer for the release of Carla's JP bulbs. These are two pesky, yet very necessary items attached to Carla's side, used to drain the excess fluid from her body. Until the fluid stops draining, she has to wear them. Just like the annoying NG tube, Carla wants them gone. So we are asking for prayer that her body continues to heal so the bulbs can be removed no later than Friday. 
Carla sends her most heartfelt THANKS and appreciation for all of your prayers, gifts, flowers, cards, text messages and support. She preaches that it takes a village, and her village is strong. Her friends are loyal and she knows it.

Journal entry by Carla Jackson

MJ, the lady who 'hosted' Carla and Cathie's Victory Prayer Service on Sunday April 28th sent a text asking people to fast and Pray. She wrote - 

"Good evening!  Mark 9:29 reads, "And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.' 
I know this is short notice but God has led me to ask you all to join in for an 8 hour sacrifice of prayer and fasting on tomorrow from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  If you can participate please only consume fruits, vegetables and nuts during that window.  If you are dietary restricted, fast from something that you love to indulge such TV, music, social media, telephone, etc.. It is a small window of sacrifice for a BIG ANSWER TO BREAK-THROUGH!! God is using Carla to stretch our Faith!! As you fast, Plead the blood of Jesus over she and Cathie's organs to line up and operate the way God has designed them too.  AMEN!!
We are trusting that God will see the sacrifice and move on tomorrow, but if he does not Delay is not Denial and we will collectively P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens)"

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Journal entry by Carla Jackson

She is on the mend.  Carla is up and texting at 5 am.....  her morning message was - 
Good morning groupies. Just had blood drawn and did a brief reflection on my progress.
Overall I feel like a champion.  I have a few things to fine tune.  Hair, bowels, taste buds but I am not sad with my progress.  I want to go Home but, I want to go home well and to stay.  
Thank you seems short and too little to say. Bless you is appropriate but hardly enough as well.  
I, however am thinking long and hard about a girls weekend. 
God is Great!!!!!

Journal entry by Carla Jackson

Carla and Cathie have been communicating by text.  All is well.Carla is still waiting on her gastro intestinal system to coordinate but other indicators are good!  No leakage or infection. Her appetite is struggling but she is making progress.  She wanted you to know she Loves and Appreciates each of you and to say ThAnK YoU for the beautiful flowers scenting her room. 

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Journal entry by Andrea McSorley

Hello everyone,

We have all found ourselves here, on this site, because we share one very special lady in common.  Dr. Carla Neal-Haley.   You might be a long-time, childhood friend, or a parent who raised your children with Carla through sports and school as she raised her own three, Grant, Wesley and Nichelle.  You may know Carla from church or the neighborhood or perhaps, you're a Penn State student, alum or fan who wants to help out this former PSU student-athlete.  It is possible you know Carla from her time at Pittsburgh University where she studied to be a healer and a physician and met her husband Leon. 

Wherever you know Carla from, you are here because you love her.   You love her boundless energy and servant heart.  You love her knack for knowing the right thing to say and do in any situation.  And you know how profound and deep her faith is and that she trusts God to lead her in all things.   

What you may not know is that Carla has been fighting an auto-immune disease of the liver for many years, called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.  This disease affects the bile duct and eventually damages the liver.  It is very possible that you don't know about Carla's journey because she has met the challenges head on and kept up with her duties and obligations as a mother, wife, physician and community leader without missing a beat.  She rarely misses a game, a meeting, an appoitment to care for a patient or an obligation or a chance to take on more responsibilities.  That's just Carla and who she is.  

But her body is failing her, although she has not waivered in her obligations, and now, she is now in need of a liver transplant.  She's been approved for a live liver donation surgery at Piedmont in Atlanta and this is where our paths cross.   It is here that we all join in the search to find a living donor for our friend. 

If you, or someone you know would consider being screened as a donor, here's what you need to know.  You must have type A+ blood or type 0 and be in general good health.  If you don't know your own blood type, go down to your local Red Cross or hospital and become a blood donor.  You'll be doing a great thing and they'll give you your blood type.  Let's be honest, if you can't stomach that, you're probably not a great candidate for donating a lobe of your liver.  They'd prefer donors between the ages of 18 and 50 but will go as high as 55 if the individual is a solid match.

If you are a potential candidate, please email us at DonateLiveLiver@gmail.com and we will send you a basic survey to start the process.   The survey is here, as a photo since we cannot add a PDF on CaringBridge.  You can use the copy here if you'd like.  Send it to the Transplant Care Coordinator, Julie Pfeiffer via fax or email.   Please put "CARLA HALEY DONOR SURVEY" on the cover page or in the subject line so Julie can identify and process quickly.   

Julie Pfeiffer, RN, BSN, CPTC | Living Donor Transplant Coordinator | Piedmont Transplant Institute

1968 Peachtree Road, NW | 77 Building, 5th Floor | Atlanta, GA 30309

O:  404.605.2950 | F: 404.588.4585

E:  Julie.pfeiffer@piedmont.org

 

Carla is determined that this donor search will not be in vain and is hopeful that not only she will find her donor, through this process, but that donors for other patients in need may be identified, as well.  In true Carla Haley fashion, she does not want this to be about her, but wants to help others.
If you are not A+ or O but would like to be considered as a donor for any patient, please feel free to fill out the survey and send it to Julie.  On the last line of the survey, it indicates who you'd like to donate to.  You can indicate that you are willing to do an open donation for another patient, there.

Thank you for being here.  Thank you for loving our friend and for praying for her and her support team throughout this journey.  Your friendship and love are palpable and so appreciated. 






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