“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.”

“I can’t.”

“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.”

Taxi

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.

APPLICATION: Purchase a copy of Love Never Let’s Go a biography of Phyllis Ryan Fisher by emailing bob.pb.jones@gmail.com Thank you.


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Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 28 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 39 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Jan Newman says:

    Would love a copy of this book as soon as it is published.

  • Anonymous says:

    Already sent you email before this one ..thanks so much

  • Dorothy Raymer says:

    It was Phyllis Fisher who sent us a letter when she and Bruce were pastoring in Lyttleton, NB from the young adults Sunday School class saying, “If you and Don wish to adopt, we would like to raise the money needed to make it possible.” Her letter was the answer to a fleece I prayed 2 weeks earlier …. and to make a long story short …. we adopted our 7 month old Thai/American daughter. We are forever grateful for Phyllis, who listened to the “promptings of God” for she knew “nothing about my prayer” …. and acted upon it. God answers prayer and He uses people who are tuned-in to His voice! Love to get a copy of her story! Let us know when it is released. Thanks!

  • Jocelyn jones says:

    They say “eyes are the window into the soul”, if that is true than Phyllis’s eyes twinkled. To know her was to know laughter, joy, merrymaking, love and a can do attitude accompanied by a little bit of mischief. But that was part of the fun.
    As a mentor and a friend I miss her smile and encouragement by being present and her warm words but I do hang on to her belief in me.
    Looking forward to her memoir ❤️

  • Myrna Gray says:

    She was such a positive lady with so much enthusiasm she is missed by many! Yes I would love a copy

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