THE MEANING OF A HEART

Anna King's story about love and life after a heart transplant. 

I was just 12 years old when I was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of heart disease and put on the heart transplant list. At the age of 14, I received a life-saving heart transplant. All because of the love of a donor.

So this Valentine’s Day, six months after my transplant, I will be thinking about the meaning of a heart.

A heart represents the love that you spread into the world and the love you receive back.

Love is the most generous gift that you can give to someone; it is the greatest one to receive. When I received my heart transplant after waiting for 832 days, I felt an unimaginable amount of love all around me. Without the love of a donor, I would not be experiencing life the way that I am today. You can give the gift of life, love, and hope back to a person and their family. All it takes is to become an organ donor.

I am back to doing all of the things that matter most to me. So this Valentine’s Day (and all the time), I hope you hold everyone that you love close and remember what this month is really all about.

Spread the love.

– Anna

For more information about how to become and organ donor, click here.
 
Check out Anna’s Blog at Humorhealstheheart.org or visit Good Vibes in the future for more stories from our friend Anna.