From: Mike Berry <m.berry@live.ca>

Subject: Xmas 2015

Date: January 1, 2016 at 2:31:49 PM EST

To: Christines Ipad <chriscooke.mikeberry@sympatico.ca>

Sent from my iPad

Happy New Year Everyone,  we are looking forward to 2016 and wish everyone a great year.  I have just had my 9 month assesment and everything seems to be going well. We have had a few ups and downs but more positive than negative. No one said this transplant buisness was going to be easy. I am going to post a photo of a good friend Monika and myself, the city of kingston donated their box at the K-rock centre to the Transplant Advocacy Association for an appreciation night. We had a fantastic night and also had the pleasure and honour of meeting the Babcock family. I hope that spending the night with us will help to ease their pain, I would not be here if it were not for people like them.  There is no way to thank them enough but I want them to know that we will never forget Travis and the sacrifice that they made for others to have a second chance at life. I will keep posting as often as I can.

Mike  IMG_2405

 

Hi everyone, Sorry I have been quiet. Trying to focus on rehab and building my strength back up. I seem to take one step forward and two back. I’m my own worst enemy, trying to do things I shouldn’t  and expecting a little too much. We were in T.O. for my six month assesment and it went well, the team is happy with my progress and allowed me to drop the dosage of some of the meds.  It was an emotional trip for me, seeing friends and people that did so much for me. Spending time with others that are still waiting and trying to keep them motivated. I can’t thank the team at Toronto General enough. Of course there isn’t words to explain how thankful I am to my donor, we submitted a letter to the family and hope to hear back although it is rare to have any contact. I will try to post another video soon. Feeling a little fat these days. (steroids) One of the guys put on 35lbs.

Talk soon.

IMG_2033Three months down, heading home.

She’s been an uphill climb and we wouldn’t expect any less.   I am feeling fantastic and want everyone to know that we couldn’t do it without all the support.

Stay tuned for a video blog update, we seem to have problems with hackers constantly. IMG_1957

Hi,

Just wanting to give a quick update on Mike….

Tonight he has moved to the step down unit within the ICU. The transplant team have been happy with his numbers and progress. He is very tired and feeling pain, but doing very well considering everything he’s been through. Thank you SO much for all your messages, love, and support!! God Bless the donor and family and the transplant team for saving the Love of my Life. We will always be eternally grateful.

Love Always,
Christine, Mike, and Troy
xoxoxo