“In my life journey I have been saved by a transplant and given a second chance at life. I know that there are people dying every day from kidney failure; I am blessed beyond measure to have received the gift of life from my brother who made the greatest sacrifice to give me the greatest gift. There is no greater gift than donating life.” ~~ Teri Angel
Earlier tonight I was scrolling through TikTok, one of my guilty pleasures as I love funny animal stories and people being silly. All of a sudden, a video appeared showing a young child who was being wheeled down a hospital corridor lined with people. This is called an “honor walk.” It is a way to pay tribute to a deceased organ donor and their family as they are being wheeled to the operating room for organ harvesting in order to give a second chance of life to someone in need of an organ for survival. This young hero’s name is Beau Brosius Burns, a 2-year-old from Plano, Texas who was a beautiful, vibrant, funny child. He fell into a swimming pool and suffered a brain injury and passed away a week later. His parents made the decision to bless four children who were on the transplant list with Beau’s healthy organs, including liver, kidneys and heart. Say his name out loud with gratitude, please: Beau Brosius Burns. I do not know him or his family, but I am so touched at this story and the divine timing of it appearing just as I have a kidneyversary to celebrate. In November 1974 it was discovered that I was in acute advanced kidney failure. I was a young adult who was 6 months pregnant and not even aware that I was dying. Had the issue with my kidneys not been found, I would have died along with my baby. I thank God every day for guiding my doctor to run tests when he did as I would not be here today if he had not done so. Kidney failure is known as the silent killer. All I knew was that I didn’t feel well and I attributed that to the pregnancy. It took a month in the hospital with daily dialysis to stabilize my health. I went on to endure 8 months of dialysis before receiving the gift of life from my brother on July 7, 1975, which means that in a few days I will celebrate my 47th anniversary of a new life. I am one of the oldest surviving transplant recipients in the world (a lady in England holds the record at 50 years). I remember very well that July day, holding hands with my brother as they wheeled us down the hospital and nurses and doctors lining the hallway cheering us on. I don’t think they had a formal name for the honor walk back then as they do now, but the entire hospital surgical floor knew what was at risk as we entered the OR suite. Giving the gift of life is no small act. It is the most heroic thing one human can do for another. I thank God every day for the sacrifice my brother made for me and for each breath I take with every new day. Thank you to the Burns family who turned tragedy into an opportunity to help others. Giving your deceased child’s organs to save four people is beyond heroic. I know that was a tough decision. Little Beau is a celebrated hero in my opinion.
Dear Angels, we never know the reason for tragedy and trauma in our lives. So many times we do not see the end result or how others may be affected. It is only through sharing our stories that others may be led to help those in need in whatever way we can. I just want to share gratitude for those who are led to bless others with this precious gift.
Dear Ones, every one of you has the opportunity to affect those around you. Some of you do it through prayer and uplifting the energy field. Others go a step further and actually make a sacrifice so that others can have an improved quality of life. Not everyone can make this kind of sacrifice while still alive but many choose to share their gifts once they leave their human body behind. It is indeed a personal choice to be done after much thought, consideration, prayer and deep reflection. If indeed you may be so guided, it is considered a benevolent act towards your fellow humans, and we applaud your decision. If you decide it is not something you are willing to do, there is no judgment or criticism of this choice either. Each person must make their decision for themselves. As with any choice you make in life, we encourage you to be informed to be able to make the best decision for yourself. Dear Ones, never let anyone influence you to do something your intuition tells you not to do. However, if you are led to share of yourself in such a manner to benefit your fellow man, we will be by your side as you do so and honor your decision.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love my life and I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to take the best care of myself possible as I realize how precious this second chance of life truly is.
****** MANY PRECIOUS SOULS ARE AWAITING A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE THROUGH AN ORGAN DONATION, INCLUDING SOME IN OUR OWN SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY. PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING AN ORGAN DONOR. HELPFUL INFORMATION:
· Register with your state's donor registry. Most states have registries. Check the list at organdonor.gov.
· Designate your choice on your driver's license. Do this when you obtain or renew your license.
· Tell your family. Make sure your family knows your wishes regarding donation.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com
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