Friday, January 13, 2012

8 Month Biopsy Results & the Annual Dash!

So i went for my eight month biopsy earlier this week and it was my first biopsy since I've been off prednisone. I'm pleased to announce that every thing came back great and I continue to show no signs of rejection! All my levels came back perfect except for my liver enzymes. They were slightly elevated but aren't sure why. They thought it might have been a side effect from a medication but I am not on that medication. The docs are sending a script for me to have blood work done to see if it has gone down. Besides a biopsy, I also had an echo cardiogram. The results from that were fantastic! My eject fraction rate was at 60% which is perfect! Before transplant I think it was down around 10% so this is a huge improvement! And considering it's a new heart, I guess that's expected.

This April, I am pleased to announce that I will be participating the the 17th Annual Dash for Organs and Tissue Donor Awareness! As many of you may know, last year several of my friends participated in my honor. This year we have created a Hrt4Bryan Team and I am so happy that I will be able to participate. You can make donations to the team or to me specifically by clicking here. I am hoping to recruit some more friends from up here in North Jersey to participate as well (so if you are one of those people reading this, be prepared!). Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated. I have set up a personal goal of $500 but I know that with all of your support I will be able to surpass that so please help! I will be taking place in the 3k walk but some of my other friends will be doing the 5k run! This is the ultimate test for me. I feel that if I am able to finish the walk I have made huge strides in my recovery, especially since it will on have been eleven months after my transplant. It is also meaningful because at this time last year, I was unable to walk a single block without getting tired and out of breath.

Thank you again for all of your support the last eight months! There is no way I would have been able to make it through all that has happened with you! Also, for more up-to-date news as it happens, be sure to check out the Hrt4Bryan Facebook page and "Like" it if you haven't already!