“Gone to get a kidney. Love, Phyllis.”
That was so Phyllis.
Concise. Caring. Understated.
The hurried note left on the table for her new husband Bruce was a matter-of-fact reminder of how Phyllis approached life.
Get Here Now
Minutes earlier she received a phone call from her attending physician. It was the call she had long anticipated and prayed for.
“Phyllis, you need to get to the hospital right away.”
“What do you mean you can’t?”
“I’ve got to take a bus because there is no one to drive me.”
Her doctor pointedly told her, “No. Take a taxi.”
“I don’t have any money to pay for a taxi.”
She could feel the urgency in her doctor’s voice. He told her, “Call a taxi. I’ll pay for it.”
“Get here. Now.”
On the way to the hospital Phyllis could hardly contain her joy. She leaned forward and enthused to the taxi driver, “I’m going to get a kidney.” No response. As though he didn’t just hear the best news in the entire world.
What can you do when you have no one to share your excitement with? She thought she’d explode but better not because her dream was so close to coming true.
“Bruce will be so happy.”
When she arrived at the hospital, attendants were on the sidewalk, arms crossed, impatiently waiting for her. As she got out of the taxi they scolded, “Where have you been?”
Phyllis explained, “Well, I had to pack my suitcase.”
Someone Had To Die For Me
As she lay on the gurney, eagerly waiting for the donor kidney, Phyllis was sobered by the realization of what a transplant would cost. A price far beyond the value of money.
“Someone else is dying in order for me to be the recipient of this kidney.”
“I’m no one special, Lord. Why me?”
Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined how special that donated organ was. How could she have known that kidney would put her in the record books for one of longest transplant survivors. Little did she know that thousands of people would be influenced by Phyllis Ryan Fisher.
The effects of her life are forever rippling out in ever expanding circles of love. If you haven’t yet felt their influence you soon will.
This memoir is carried on those ripples.
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