A powerful journey from living with an artificial heart to a heart transplant....

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Shannon, my Sis-in-Law decided to get a new tattoo. I asked her if it was alright to share a pic. I'm sure you all will really like the design.

She is a very passionate person and in a literal sense, wears her heart on her sleeve (or collarbone in this case). I was very touched by the design she chose. It offers encouragement and hope.

Shannon has been such a big supporter of all of my adventures. She, in fact, started this blog for me. Her compassion and understanding has changed our relationship. Shannon's son, Ashton, is a bright and amazing little man with many challenges. Between Shannon's perseverance and Ashton's smiling face they have overcome more challenges than any family should have to endure. I admire their strength. In the past, it was difficult for me to relate to her difficulties. With my heart disease I have been able to connect in a new way. My illness certainly has brought some great things and I'm thankful for that.

I absolutely love the tattoo and I'm so glad that she has chosen to share her passion with the world.


  1. Hmmmm, excellent post Andrea, no wonder Grandma & Grandpa Clegg enjoy relaxing in their lazy chairs at the end of the day! Love you guys and are very proud of our children's strength, courage, driving force and attitude to "work" with their challenges!!! xoxoxoxoxox

  2. That one would have hurt...but in a good way I'm sure. Great job, too!

  3. So do I need to tell you what this post has done to me? LOL

    Yep, tears.

    I love you sis.

    And I hope you get your heart soon.