Laura’s Story

Site created on July 13, 2020

Just two days before the 4th of July, our family received devastating, terrifying news: our mom needs a heart transplant as soon as possible. Although she's had long-term cardiac complications, it came as a shock to us that she needs a transplant immediately due to her rapidly declining heart function. 

Although this was extremely scary & unexpected news, please don't misunderstand that we feel truly grateful and eternally blessed for many things. We are thankful:

***Most importantly, that our mom is eligible for a heart. Because of this, we are able to spend 20+ more years with her.
***That someone who tragically will lose their life will be able to give more to our mom.
***To have family and friends that support our mom through one of the (if not THE) scariest seasons of her life.
***For the incredibly talented doctors at Mayo who have taken care of our mom and who we are confident will make her healthier.
***For our unwavering faith that we are clinging to during this time of uncertainty - for we know that God is in complete control.

We are using this CaringBridge site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting - we are so lucky to have all of you in our lives!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Katie Morris

As we’re wrapping up this holiday season, our family has realized that the word “thankful” has taken on an entirely new meaning this year. Being able to spend time together with our mom is the most precious thing we could ever ask for. We are grateful not only to have our mom with us but also for the community of family, friends, medical staff, coworkers, and more who have continuously provided us support. We are also so proud of all those who completed the socially distanced 5k to promote heart health and cheer on our mom from a far (see the picture)!

Of course, every day is not always filled with sunshine and rainbows, but the challenges seem to be fewer and further apart. Up to this point, she has received positive reports from her monthly check-ins at Mayo Clinic, and the doctors are amazed with her progress. 

My sister and I decided that the best way to finish the final post for our mom’s heart transplant journey would be to allow it to come from her.

“From what started as the most shocking and scariest year of my life to now being able to do more than I have been able to in years, I feel so blessed to have been given another chance at life. In my past, I have tried to always be the caregiver to others but now I have had to rely on so many to take care of me. Through this, I have realized how special it is to give and to receive.” - Laura Turnquist

*Please note that the tributes page/donations on this website benefits CaringBridge and their mission, it does not go to Laura or our family. If you would like to help our parents with funding of medical costs as well as their 4-7 month stay at Mayo (Rochester), please visit to make a donation.

With gratitude, love, and faith in Jesus,

Dave & Laura

Lesa & Tanner

Katie & Tanner James

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