Celebrating Two Year Kidney Transplant Anniversary

Storm Chaser Jeff Gammons. Canon 5D Mark II.Today marks my two year kidney transplant anniversary that took place on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. The last two years have really been great, with no complications from the surgery or any forms of rejection. I’m extremely thankful that I have not had any issues post-transplant, and my recovery went very smooth. I think about my donor and their family everyday. I have yet to learn who my donor was outside of being a 20 year old, and I still hope to one day learn more about them. A physical living piece of this person walks with me every day, and has helped me live a normal life again, and for that I’m truly grateful. 

Having my health back after a rough 4 years prior to the surgery has allowed me to move forward again with family, friends and with my career in weather photography, videography and filmmaking. Living healthier has really allowed me to do things I once had to put off due to either feeling poor or unable to travel far from home. Today I’m focused hard on current and future projects, and looking forward to the many adventures along the way.

My family and good friends have been a big part of my successful recovery, and they have been very supportive from the beginning. I thank all of them for being there during my downtime and the support during the last two years.

I also need to thank the great pre and post-transplant teams at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for helping me through the process of having my transplant, and being very supportive over the last 3-4 years. I wouldn’t be here today without them.

I’m turning 37 in two weeks on the 29th, and this has had me a little worried about the whole 40 thing( ha-ha) coming up in three years, but really I appreciate every day, week, month, and year I have, and look forward to so many more. 

A salute to my donor, family, friends and to big storms. Thank you - Jeff

Reader Comments (1)

We do celebrate with you, there is nothing better than the freedom that a kidney transplant gives you after being so seriously ill. Ian's is five years from transplant now and I am very much alive after donating him one of mine! Regards Lynda & Ian Gammons
April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynda Harrison-Gammons

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